This morning I opened my eyes up to another sunny summer day. I cannot tell you how happy sunny days make me. There is just something so wonderful about waking up to the warmth of sunshine on your face. It always leaves me feeling energized and ready to start the day.
The fist thing I do after waking up is open all the windows in the house. Well, all except Joanie and Chachi’s windows. I love feeling the summer breeze flow through the flat. Outside I hear people bustling about. The sounds of children running by, playing and laughing can be heard throughout the day.
At midday I poked my head out the window, there were so many people strolling by. There’s a mother pushing a stroller, and children walking behind her licking gelato cones. Those scenes often repeated throughout the day. Today as I watched the children I could feel that summer enthusiasm I once had as a child. You know, that feeling you get when school is out and the summer is yours to do whatever you please.
I began thinking about my sisters and brothers. How we spent our summer days running around, cooling off at the pool, going for ice cream, eating our favorite summer foods, and all the family picnics. I started to remember how we loved to eat cucumbers drizzled with fresh lime juice, sprinkled with loads of chile powder and a pinch or two of salt. After all the cucumbers were gone then we’d lift up the bowl to our mouths and drink the remaining juices.
Recalling those summer memories made me miss my siblings and also made my mouth water for some pepinos. Since my family lives on the other side of the world, and I can’t just stop by for a visit, I decided to snack on some cucumbers. There really isn’t much of a recipe. Ingredient amounts are a matter of personal preference. But below is a what you’ll need.
Pepinos Con Chile y Limon Or Cucumbers with Chile and Lime
peeled cucumber, sliced or cut into spears or chunks
chile powder or Tajin or any Mexican fruit seasoning powder
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy as a snack. I like to add chile powder as I eat. Some bites have more and other’s less chile, it’s up to you. Don’t forget to drink the juice left at the bottom, it’s the best part.
Each bite satisfied my belly and made my heart content. I think these cucumbers will forever remain a favorite summertime snack and memory.
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