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A Cheese and Cucumber Sandwich With A Difference!

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My cucumber plants have put on incredible growth in the 6 weeks or so they have been in the greenhouse (which was erected right at the end of May) .The two plants were little more than seedlings when I put them in but both have romped away.They are a small fruit, intended for picking at about 6 or 7 inches long, which suits me as I love to eat small cucumbers whole rather than slicing large ones. One plant is in a seperate pot whilst the other is growing in a grow bag with Tomatoes.Both are doing well but the one in the pot is slightly ahead. I picked my first fruit this morning and used it to make this sandwich for my lunch at work. Here it is………..

Well…..I told you, in the title, it was a cheese and cucumber sandwich with a difference!!
I have gluten allergy so can’t eat normal bread and I find most gluten free breads very heavy and dry so I sometimes struggle to swallow it. well, this sandwich was certainly not dry. And, the cheese it goat’s cheese as I have dairy intolerance too. So, I just sliced the small cucumber part way down, along the length and slipped the cheese in…lovely. The end is missing as I cut a bit off for Julie to try.


The tomatoes are way behind for greenhouse grown ones but they are getting going now and have some fruits which are getting bigger by the day.


My Capsicum (Bell Boy sweet pepper) is producing lots of buds but some have gone yellow and fallen off before the flower has opened…….any ideas??


My Carrots (the only crop in the veg patch) were sown very late as I only made/dug the patch in May/June, but they are coming through now and should give me some roots late in the summer.
Happy gardening
Paul

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That's right up my street Paul. I am also harvesting mini cucumbers. I'm going to have one soon, with low fat Philli! I also had home grown cabbage coleslaw for lunch today! My first ever home grown cabbage...so sweet! Var. Greyhound, the pointy type.

9 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, I know that one....one of my customers swears by it and grows it every year. I have always grown Prima or one called Golden Acre.

9 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks. I'll look out for those!

9 Jul, 2015

 

I like Greyhound too. Prima's a round one isn't it?
That's an amazing sandwich! Do you think gluten free oat biscuits would go well with it?

9 Jul, 2015

 

I have some of those, Stera but I find gluten free oat biscuits very dry(like most gluten free stuff, to be honest)
Yes, Prima are a round summer cabbage. Heart up really well.

9 Jul, 2015

 

Lol! Now that's a sandwich with a difference. I'm trying to avoid bread just now, so perhaps I might try this as I'm also growing small cucumbers :)

9 Jul, 2015

 

That looks delicious and also how I like to eat cucumber, although it does plague me afterwards for a while.lol.....

9 Jul, 2015

 

That's the joy of growing your own, you can cut them the size that you like, rather than have the 'all one size' variety from the supermarket. My late Father had a small market garden and grew hundreds of tomatoes and as kids we were roped in to take out side shoots, tie them up and pick them as he was colour blind, perhaps that's why I hate tomatoes! He also grew cucumbers, the old varieties which could be bitter and had loads of seeds.
Perhaps growing your own could stop future generations from all the allergies that seem to plague everyone these days - I swear blind it's all the cr.. that they put on the fields and our food! My allergies, which I grew into (weird) are white of egg and cheese, but only mild and I adore cheese, so it doesn't stop me - only when my eyelids start to swell up!

9 Jul, 2015

 

Amazing what some people have to put up with. Congratulations on your initiatives to overcome these problems, especially using home grown crops.
Keep those carrots damp, we may not be over the heatwaves yet.

10 Jul, 2015

 

Great healthy sandwich paul...... glad your veggies are coming along well.... :))

10 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Paul if you're ever in Devon theres a cafe in Dawlish, the Happy Kitchen that has a range of gluten free food available, the bread is made locally by a gluten free baker.......in fact being on holiday with a Coeliac friend gluten free in Devon was less problem than at home....

i think I put a dill cucumber pickle recipe on Goy the other year, its easy and very nice

10 Jul, 2015

 

Its still there on a blog by Karensusan 63 or put dill pickle into the search box

10 Jul, 2015

 

I think its wrong that gluten free essential food costs twice as much as ordinary food.

Penalising people for being ill is not fair.

There never seem to be any out of date items at a cheaper price on the gluten free stands. They must be thrown away when not purchased.

Do the Ceoliac people get extra benefit help from H.M.Govt?

10 Jul, 2015

 

Some people get some essential items on prescription Diane but, as I pay for prescriptions, it would probably not help a lot and I struggle to eat the bread as its so dry and heavy. Also, I am not confirmed as coeliac as I had already cut out gluten for a couple years when they tested me and so it was inconclusive but I am probably intolerant rather than a coeliac.
I shall look at the recipe Pam although, I struggle to eat pickles(that's another problem..ha ha..I' m a wreck)
I have never been to Daw
Ish but have always fancied it...I shall have to go one day and try out the Happy Kitchen!

10 Jul, 2015

 

Paul have your tries Primula cheese spread on the oat biscuits? I don't normally buy processed foods but circumstances alter cases.

10 Jul, 2015

 

Dairy intolerance, as well, I'm afraid.I used to loved the primula squeezy cheeses.
But, only eat goats cheese now..even feta upsets me!

10 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Paul I struggle with pickles too, and cucumber!

the recipe is equal sugar & white vinager, the sliced cues are soaked
in iced water them drain an putinto the hot vinager mix and brought to the boil so slighty cooked, I add dill an mustard seeds,

the chilledpickles really crispy but not acidy
my friend likes the Genius bread

11 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, genius is by far the best but, so expensive and, even that is too dry for me to swallow sometimes. I have a digestion problem,also, reflux and hiatal hernia and I'm really struggling with it at the moment and getting quite worried.So, pickles are a problem for me too but I love them. Since the reflux etc problems have been so bad in th least few months, I've cut so much out including bread,tomatoes, other acids things but it's still bad.I have ,finally, made an appointment to see doctor next week!

11 Jul, 2015

 

You are up against it Paul. I hope the doc can give you something to help - reflux is horrible.

11 Jul, 2015

 

I had tablets prescribed by the specialist, years ago but that made me sick etc!!
So stopped taking them and told GP but he didn't prescribe anything else. I'm more concerned about any permanent damage that may have been done by years of acid travelling up the oesophogus. I have been coughing constantly for weeks and weeks.

11 Jul, 2015

 

Hope the doc can help Paul , best to get it checked out

I sometimes take some gluten free treats to my friend as they are so expensive
on holiday we sat next to a lady just diagnosed as gluten, yeast and potato intolerant...poor woman had to be so careful, potato flour is used in gluten free products.....

12 Jul, 2015

 

I'm glad you enjoyed your sandwich :) I've never tried growing a cucumber (they get too big) but I like the thought of these small ones.

12 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, white easy, to be honest Hywel.....and very quick to fruit in a greenhouse although, these would grow outside or in a cold frame. Lovely to just pick one and eat it rather than slicing!!

12 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, another one is Soya, Pam.....that is in many g/free bread , biscuits and cakes etc. And that gives me a horrible stomach ache .

12 Jul, 2015

 

I might try one next year :)

12 Jul, 2015

 

Did me too Paul, I have oat milk on my superfruit muesli.......not in coffee though!

12 Jul, 2015

 

I use goats milk and when out, I have coffee black. One of the reasons I have drunk coffee out in the last few years rather than tea.but, of course the coffee is bad for reflux....u can't win! !

12 Jul, 2015

 

I have rice milk on my cereal. It looks watery but it tastes OK. A friend of ours makes her own excellent bread with mixtures of various flours - I could ask her what she uses if you like?

12 Jul, 2015

 

I tend not to be eating much bread now due to difficulty swallowing it.

12 Jul, 2015

 

My girl uses Alpro Light Soya Milk for her cereal Paul, like you she cannot have dairy, luckily she likes the goats cheese, its right what you say about the prices, her shopping is a lot dearer, and do not get me started on prescription charges, you have to be idle, criminal or new to this country to get any help, its not fair and never will be, nearly forgot dysfunctional works as well..

12 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha.......if dysfunctional works, then I/we should get all the help going!!!!
I tried Soya Milk many years ago (before I realised I was intolerant of soya too) but,I wasn't very keen(just as well, as it turns out) but, I like the goats milk.

12 Jul, 2015

 

My boy had all kinds of allergies as a child & goats milk could be a bit strong at times then we discovered ewe's milk which is so much nicer but less easy to find.
I also like the Alpro Almond milk which I can make myself in my juicer (get the almonds from health food shop not supermarket tho).

You certainly do have a hard time with diet, I too wonder why allergies incl hayfever are so common these days.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, most people you speak to(or one of their family members) seem to have allergies these day. Partly, our immunity being washed away, maybe but, also, I'm sure we are more aware of them now.My father had prob
Els for many years with his stomach and it was put down to IBS and Diverticulitis but, I am now almost certain, looking back , that he had a gluten/wheat allergy like me!

24 Jul, 2015

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