I’ve officially given up on trying to grow any vegetables here at the BAH compound. My experiment in container gardening was a complete disaster and my failure to remove the offending containers from the back porch is a daily reminder of that. The only thing that I was able to propagate was a bumper crop of weeds.
In that perfect world of mine, I would have a wee patch of garden overflowing with tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers. Universe, are you listening? I get it. In my life, I may never add master gardener to my list of accomplishments. Clearly, you have other life lessons in store for me that take precedent. So I will quit fighting it and rely on the generosity of those who aren’t horticulturally challenged when they offer to share the bounty of their garden with me.
BAH Note: Slather this on your sandwich, use it to dip fresh veg, or gobble it up on toasted pita. There really isn’t a wrong way to enjoy this.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
- 28 ounces plain yogurt (not low or non fat)
- 3 medium cucumbers, peeled and seeded
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- kosher salt
- ground celery seed
- ground corriander seed
Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and line with several layers of cheesecloth or paper towels. Empty the container of yogurt into the lined strainer and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours to drain.
Meanwhile, coarsely grate the cucumber and place it in a second strainer placed over a bowl. Let stand for 3 hours to drain, squeezing out any excess moisture after 3 hours.
Once the yogurt has thickened, transfer it to a medium bowl and discard the liquid. Add the grated cucumber and dill and mix well. Season to taste with kosher salt, celery seed, and corriander seed to taste.
8 thoughts on “Cucumber Tzatziki”
My garden pretty much blew this year, too. Tons of mint and basil and rosemary, and that’s about it. I was a little bitter about it.
You at least got mint and basil and rosemary. I got squat. Maybe the next house will have the magic gardening mojo.
oh darling, me too. last summer i did thyme, cilantro & rosemary. #Epic #Fail. this year a bird made a nest of my little dirt box. now i have a chili plant that i just planted this weekend. bets are in for how long that’ll live…
Lan, you need to see the concrete jungle that is my backyard. Good luck with the chili plant. I can’t even sustain a window box.
Mmm, I do relate…., clearly I also will never have master gardener part of my title either 😦
I’ll just have to drown myself in this Cucumber Tzatziki, sounds just the thing.
Anna, considering that you’re headed into the summer season, I think you should definitely plan on trying this.
Wendi, I sympathize. I have never been able to grow anything, even herbs. Cucumber tzatziki sounds yummy.
Jen, I can “grow” dustbunnies the size of my cat. That’s about the extent of it. I would probably kill a chia pet.