For whatever reason, I’ve been gaga for veggies lately. Specifically radishes, leafy green things (oh, hello escarole…) and now… cucumbers! Cucumbers are just so fresh and quenching – they’re great when it’s hot & humid outside. But, reality check, I live in San Francisco and it’s practically never hot and/or humid. So I decided to try out a little cuke recipe I’ve been dying to try since Julie & Julia… braised cucumbers!

The idea of cooking/baking cucumbers had never crossed my mind before – I basically just considered them as salad adornment or for dippin. Oh, was I misguided…

Started out with a couple o’ cucumbers… Julia Child’s recipe calls for a whopping 6 cukes, but sweets, there’s no way my fella and I could ingest that many cucumbers in one sitting. So I cut the recipe to a third.

Peeled them…

Then it was time to make with the slicin’… First sliced each one in half lengthwise.

Then I scooped out the seeds with a spoon (super easy, btdubs), sliced the halves in half and then quartered those halved halves. Piccie to help explain this, of course!

Next, I tossed the quartered bits with 1 tbsp white wine vinegar, a couple o’ pinches of sugar and 1 tsp or so of salt. Shook it up to evenly coat each cuke and then it let it chill (figuratively) on the counter for an hour.

While the cukes were marinating, I chopped up a couple tablespoons of spring onions…

Melted 1 tbsp of butter…

Threw the onions in a baking dish along with a healthy dose of pepper and dill.

Soon, the cucumbers were good and marinated. Then it was time for some annoying things. First I drained the cucumbers.

Then I had to dry each one. Dry. Each. One. Oof, I can only imagine how irritating that could be if I was dealing with the halved halves of 6 cucumbers.

Tossed the newly dried & pickled cukes in with the onions, spices & butter. Shook them around to coat and then popped the whole situation in the oven at 375 degrees for an hour.

Paired it with a $5 rotisserie chicken from Safeway and called it a night!

Absolutely delish.

Recipe adapted from Julia Child…