Sunny Paris Salad

Since the cucumbers are coming in like crazy I decided to make a fresh salad and wanted to do something different, I came across this yummy looking salad. Of course I didn’t have feta cheese on hand so I made a few revisions to fit what I had and I think it worked beautifully.

What I made? 

Cucumber and Goat Cheese Salad

I wrote a post earlier this summer about an amazing farmer in Lenoir, NC who makes the most amazing goat cheese I have ever had. She has 1 in particular called Sunny Paris, the name alone peeked my interest. I do not know exactly what she puts in the crack laced cheese log, but it for sure has shallots, lemon zest, dill, mint, can you taste it?

Fresh & Sunny and PERFECTLY YUMMY!!

Sunny Paris Cucumber Salad

6 cucumbers (I used 3 varities), chopped & deseeded

8 oz of Sunny Paris goat cheese (can use plain with fresh spices added to it)

1/4 c good olive oil

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T water

black pepper

1 small sweet onion, diced fine

Peel, de-seed and chop cucumbers. Place in strainer, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for apx 30 mins. Mix cheese, olive oil, lemon juice, water and spices in a bowl; add cucumbers & onions. Chill. ENJOY!!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Mema’s Pickles

As I have mentioned I have cucumbers coming from every direction! I wanted to use some befor they went bad so I busted out Mema’s Pickle Recipe, these are just delish and I love the fact that as a little girl every meal I can remember included a relish tray and these pickles were always the star of the plate.

Slice your cucumbers (I used 8) then dice 1 large sweet onion. Sprinkle well with salt and place in colander to drain excess water. Top with ice cubes. Allow to drain at least 3 hrs. (You will NOT believe the amount of water that comes out of them!)

Then pack in your sterilized jars.

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2 1/2 cups sugar

2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp celery salt

1 tsp celery seed

1 T mustard seed

Mix everything and bring to a boil. Pour over packed cucumbers and allow to cool. P1010226

Place in fridge and enjoy!

xoxo, Mama Bird