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Sweet-and-sour cucumber spirals

Perfect example of how shape can make a simple product spectacular. An easy sweet-and-sour preparation method becomes a garnish for an elegant dish. We deliberately soak the cucumber in the brine only very briefly, to keep its texture as intact as possible.

Sweet-and-sour cucumber spirals

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Ingredients

1

 

cucumber

100

g

water

100

g

granulated sugar

100

g

white wine vinegar

Preparation method

  • Bring the water, sugar and vinegar to the boil until all the sugar crystals are dissolved.
  • Allow to cool and refrigerate until using.
  • Slice a firm cucumber into thin strips no more than 2mm thick, 3-4cm wide and 12cm long.
  • Arrange the slices on a tray lined with a moistened cloth, and cover with plastic film.
  • Just before serving lunch or dinner, coat the slices with the sweet-and-sour brine and steep for a few minutes.
  • Roll up on the diagonal to create a spiral. Fasten with a thin cocktail stick. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Plate and remove the cocktail stick immediately prior to serving.

Serving suggestions

  • As a component in a composition with yoghurt, fennel, chicory, or tomato.
  • As a basic ingredient in an amuse-bouche; fill the cucumber with a crème of feta and crème fraîche and pat in the salmon roe.

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