Excited doesn't even begin to come into how I feel about sharing this work on Guac and Roll. Illustration makes up a huge part of my life- a lot of my favourite people are illustrators, so for me, sooner or later, illustration had to become a part of Guac.
Sabrina Samsoodin happens to be one of my favourite people who is also an illustrator, and we've been working, drawing and cooking together for almost a year to begin a series of illustrations drawn by Sabrina around some of the recipes I make.
I love Sabrina's focus on the animal kingdom for her work, especially her studies on birds and frogs, which is where we started looking at the idea of collaborating. For her first illustration, we wanted to do something seasonal that was what I call 'default' vegan (nothing altered to take any animal products away). We began working on this way back in February (yes, I had to check my emails for that!), and finally finished just this week. Starting things takes time, but I am so happy to see the final result.
The salad we eventually landed on is one of those recipes that doesn't really require instructions, apart from those that prompt you to make it and eat it! If you're ever guilty of trying to over-complicate a meal (meee) then something like these super-thin sliced cucumbers with what becomes a light dressing can be an ideal way to fill a plate. You could add red onion, capers or a drizzle of soy yoghurt, but I think as far as getting the basics down, this is all you need.
Lemon and dill cucumber salad
Makes a plateful
Half a large cucumber or one medium cucumber, sliced as thinly as possible
Zest of half a lemon
2 tbsp dill, chopped as finely as possible
1 tsp white wine or malt vinegar
Salt and pepper to season
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix thoroughly, and allow to marinate in the fridge, covered, for at least an hour.
Serve as a garnish for burgers, a refreshing side to a fry-up or something with a zing for a pasta bake.
The first in a series of illustration collaborations for Guac and Roll. You can find out more about what Sabrina is up to and working on by following her on Twitter, @SSamsoodin