too hot to be in the kitchen...
- janet of reno
Well, maybe its global warming, but the week of triple digit temperatures we seem to get here every July is threatening to turn into two weeks....and the main floor of my house is not air-conditioned...so I'm not going anywhere NEAR the kitchen. Its just hubby and me this week (chowpup is in Mexico City and I'm jealous...) so what to cook??? I suppose we should just go to airconditioned restaurants....but hubby has been working late and I'd like to have food ready when he gets home hungry. Tonight we had salmon salad sandwiches, made with salmon canned from one we caught ourselves, and a fruit salad. Any ideas for tomorrow??? I could just grill, but its almost too hot to light up the grill, and hubby is NOT a meat and potatoes kind of guy...so would need some creative ideas there too....
ah-I'm thinking radishes and butter and a tall glass of dark beer; good bread layered with thick sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, balsamic vinegar and olive oil with a glass of sauvignon blanc; cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with dill with a glass of fresh carrot juice and tequila. Or, serve Hiya Somen: chilled somen noodles in a bowl of ice cubes and cold water and garnish with shiso, grated ginger, chopped green onion, julienned cucumber, shrimp...with a dipping sauce of mirin and shoyu diluted with water and katsuo-bushi; or a plate of cold tofu cubes with chopped green onion, katsuo-bushi, grated ginger and shoyu.
i sympathize...it's been unusually hot here this week, and besides that, i've recently moved to a new flat and haven't had a stove for two weeks!
the other day i made a vietnamese-style rice vermicelli salad, using only my electric kettle to boil the water for the noodles.
made a dressing of lime juice and zest, sugar, fish sauce, garlic, chili, ginger and a bit of sesame oil, tossed in shredded lettuce, scallions, carrot, cucumber, basil, mint, cilantro, and some roast chicken slices that i bought at the shop. it was very refreshing.
i also made sort of a combination salad nicoise/greek salad, with olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, onion, and some tuna. used the kettle to "blanch" some thin string beans.
On Sunday, I made a tofu salad I adapted from the first Moosewood cookbook. In a bowl, make a marinade of minced ginger, minced garlic, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, a little sugar, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Add firm tofu, shredded or thinly cut carrots, red pepper, Japanese eggplant, and mushrooms. Mix together and top with sesame seeds. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours. Refrigerate any leftovers--it will get even better with time.
What about having a picnic on the floor? I'm thinking a loaf of crusty french bread, some nice cheese or brie, a bottle of wine, and some sliced raw veggies with a simple dip.
If you add a few candles it could be very romantic...
my in-laws (also hailing from reno) bought us a two burner propane stove (it has detachable legs, so it stands waist high) for christmas last year. it is great for cooking outdoors... especially hot jobs like boiling water for corn, pasta, etc. made a great pasta pomodoro last night on it... which was great since I wasn't about to boil a pot of water in the house.
either that.. or you can pick up an electric griddle or skillet pretty reasonably. keeps the heat outside.