Sunomomo

(Japanese Cucumber Salad)

June 14: National Cucumber Day

As the hot summer season starts soon, stay cool as a cucumber with a light Japanese-style salad called sunomomo. Many Asian countries have their own version of a vinegary cucumber side dish, like the Filipino suka pipino we made for National Vinegar Day on November 1. The ingredients have changed slightly by using the products from that particular country. This recipe has a little alcohol (mirin—a sweet rice wine—or sake—Japanese rice wine) added to it for a subtle sweetness in this side dish. Sunomomo tastes great with grilled meats (Japanese teriyaki steak, chicken and/or seafood are sensational for a summer BBQ) and on National Cucumber Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from Food.com)

 Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin or sake
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of dried mint or dried parsley (optional)

Directions

Wash and peel the cucumber. Cut into thin slices. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the rice wine vinegar with the mirin or sake.

Stir in the sugar, water, salt and red pepper flakes. Toss in the cucumber. Sprinkle dried mint or parsley. Cover, refrigerate and allow the flavors to set for at least half an hour.

Notes

  • Try our teriyaki sauce and baste some steak, chicken, shrimp and salmon when grilling or barbecuing meats.
  • Bake teriyaki chicken as an alternative to grilling/barbecuing. Serve with sunomomo.

Mizeria

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April 11:  Feast Day of St. Stanislaus of Szczepanów

When we visited Bandera, Texas, during one of our weekend road trips, we stopped by the second oldest Polish parish in the United States, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. Immigrants from Poland founded this town, which is now known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” in 1855. The church was built in 1876 and is recorded as a Texas Historical Landmark. The featured blog recipe for the Feast Day of St. Stanislaus, the martyred patron and first saint of Poland, is mizeria z ogórków, a simply refreshing Polish cucumber salad with a sour cream dressing.

St. Stanislaus Church

Recipe

(Adapted from Polish Forums)

Ingredients

  • 1 large cucumber
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Place the slices in a colander and sprinkle with a little salt. Let stand for 30 minutes to drain the liquid. Pat the slices dry with a paper towel. In a large mixing bowl, make the dressing by combining the sour cream, dill, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Add the cucumber slices to the bowl and mix well. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with extra dill before serving.

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Notes

  • Panna Maria, Texas, is the oldest Polish settlement in the United States since 1852. Panna Maria means Virgin Mary in Polish, and the immigrants built the first Polish parish in America in 1856.