Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 25th June, 2017 and receive a Laguiole cheese knife set!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Grilled cucumber and lemon myrtle soda


"The best flavour comes from charcoal-grilling the cucumber, but you can also scorch it in a pan or under the grill," says Devlin

You'll need

50 gm caster sugar 14 lemon myrtle leaves 2 large Lebanese cucumbers 500 ml (2 cups) chilled soda water To serve: dried native pepperberries (see note), coarsely ground

Method

  • 01
  • Heat a charcoal barbecue or gas barbecue to high, or heat a char-grill pan over high heat. Bring sugar and 50ml water to the boil in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Transfer to a bowl, then crush half the lemon myrtle leaves in your hand to release the fragrance, add to sugar syrup and place in the freezer to chill.
  • 02
  • Grill the cucumbers without turning until almost completely black (3-5 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and cover to steam for 5 minutes. Slice ¼ of a cucumber and reserve for serving, then juice remaining cucumber in a juicer and refrigerate until required.
  • 03
  • Bruise remaining lemon myrtle leaves in the base of a serving jug with a wooden spoon, add cucumber juice and half-fill jug with ice, then add lemon myrtle syrup to taste. Stir well, top up with soda water, pour into glasses, add cucumber slices and top with freshly ground pepperberries.

Note Lemon myrtle plants are available from native plant nurseries. Native pepperberry is available from Herbie's Spices (herbies.com.au); if it's unavailable substitute black peppercorns. 


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Featured in

Feb 2016

You might also like...

Negioroni

recipes

Bar H: Rob Choy

Pi Yi

recipes

Eight excellent gin cocktails

Canchanchara

recipes

Fourteen ways with sparkling wine

Scottish Eggnog

recipes

Dulce de leche milkshake

Sparkling cherry crush

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×