As I was coming in from the garden this morning, with another basket of cucumbers, I stopped to check in on the garlic that I am drying. My garlic sure doesn’t look like all the gorgeous pictures I see. It is definitely good enough to eat though and I got the idea of making a Tzatziki . It is so delicious with kabobs or on sandwiches, or even on its own with fresh vegetables. I also decided to make a couple more quarts of cultured pickles. (instructions on previous post). I have fresh kefir (yogurt would work too) in the refrigerator so I’ll put a couple cups of that through a strainer and use the whey for my pickles and the rest for a tzatziki dip. Healthy, natural, probiotic, antibiotic, herbal goodness all in one….and delicious too.
- 1 1/2 cups strained kefir or yogurt
- 1 cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp chopped mint
- 1 Tbsp chopped dill
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
* If you want a more refined dip, seed and peel the cucumber. I don’t like to waste any of it so I just use it whole. No need to strain the yogurt or kefir, I just wanted the whey to make my pickles.
Since I have so many cucumbers and this nice lemon and fresh herbs, may as well mix up a pitcher of ‘detox’ or ‘weight loss’ water that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. That’s easy enough, a few slices of lemon, cucumber, fresh mint… I used pineapple mint, water. While I’m at it, I’m going to add some Lemon Balm, Echinacea petals and Borage flowers. Looks nice! Refreshing! What a fun morning.