Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stir-fried Pea Shoots and Cucumber

West Indian gherkins. Are they cucumbers? Cacti? Alien pod people?
The world may never know.

Regardless, you can use them in this recipe, in place of more boring, humdrum, normally-shaped cucumbers, if you're feeling like your life is in need of a few more eccentric vegetables.

Cucumbers of some variety
Pea shoots
Olive oil
Seasoned rice vinegar
Crushed toasted peanuts (optional, but I suspect they would be great)

Peel and slice the cucumbers, then place in a bowl and douse liberally with seasoned rice vinegar. Refrigerate for 10-30 minutes (to marinate, and because it makes the cucumbers crispy).

Heat a little olive oil in a pan over high heat. Add the pea shoots and stir fry until just wilted. Turn off the heat and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Use the pea shoots as a bed on a plate, then arrange the cucumber slices on top of it. Sprinkle the whole thing with a bit more rice vinegar, and top with crushed peanuts.

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