Cucumber is the ideal ‘extra’ vegetable: a cucumber salad with a hot meal or a piece of cucumber to keep you going between meals or in a sandwich. Because appearances count too, why not try making cucumber roses. This is how.
- Wash the cucumber, but without peeling it.
- Cut it into thin round slices. You can use a cheese slicer, too. Just make sure the slices are thin enough to be rolled up. You need 14-18 slices for one rose, depending on how full you want it to be.
- Place the slices of cucumber in a long line, so they are overlapping each other. Make sure you have some cocktail sticks handy.
- Roll the slices up. Each slice makes the roll a little thicker.
- Secure the roll by pushing a cocktail stick across the bottom. Push a second stick through so that the sticks form a cross at the bottom. Use a third one if you need to firm it up a little.
- Fold the outermost ‘petals’ carefully inwards.
- To tidy it up, you can cut off any protruding bits of the cocktail sticks with tough scissors. Your cucumber rose is ready!