Wednesday, July 31, 2013


When I was ten years old, I watched my mom in the kitchen. I thought she was an incredible chef. She always knew what to make and never used any recipes. One day when she was in the kitchen, I asked her if I could help. She smiled at me and told me to come over so I could learn how to make her famous cucumber salad. I was so excited! I washed my hands, got on my stool and patiently waited for instructions. 

She told me to slice the cucumbers and put them in a bowl. I did this and my mom smiled watching me. We mixed everything together. When I asked her why she doesn’t use any measuring tools, she simply stated, “Because you will learn how much to add when you get older. Trust your tastes.” 

I laughed because it sounded ridiculous. 

We finished everything and when we served the meal, my dad said that this was the best salad he ever had. 

To this day, I rarely use measuring tools. I just go with my instincts and it is the same with life. Everything happens for a reason so I go with the flow. I listen to my heart and feel what the right decision is. My mom still teaches me how to cook but also, teaches me about life. 

Cucumber Thai Salad

-Large cucumbers (the amount varies due to how many people but typically 3 large cucumbers can serve 2 people) peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and cut into ¼ inch slices

-2 tablespoons of fish sauce (add more for flavor)

-1/2 of a lime

-1 tablespoon of sugar (add more for flavor)

-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

-1/4 cup of cilantro

-1/2 cup of peanuts


-Toss the cucumbers in a bowl and add in the fish sauce, lime, sugar and jalapeno peppers.

-Mix very well.

-Top if off with the cilantro and peanuts.

SAOCHING MOOSE writes as S.Moose. She lives in Webster, NY with her husband and enjoys being with her family and friends. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with her BA in 2011.

Saoching is a self-published author and she loves every moment. She has met some amazing people and is very excited about what's to come. She loves writing and it's always been a dream of hers to publish her work. She's an avid reader who loves reading books with a happy ending-She's a sucker for romance. She wants to inspire others with her words the way she has been inspired through countless works of literature. She thinks that everyone has a purpose in life, it just takes time to find it.

Her debut novel, Reaching Out For You, was published on June 8, 2013. This novel is the first of the Never Letting Go Series. 

Saoching's second novel, Teach Me Love, will be released  September, 2013. 

The next book of the Never Letting Go Series, Holding Onto You, is due out in October, 2013. The last book of the series, Next to Forever, will be out at the end of 2013. 

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  1. This sounds very refreshing for a hot summer day

  2. This sounds delicious!!! I love all kinds of salads! Thanks for the recipe Saoching!!!

  3. We love anything Asian in our house. This sounds terrific!

  4. My kind of salad--refreshing and tasty.

  5. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

  6. Sounds yummy! My hubs would love this - he likes anything with jalapenos!