we're having a heat wave. . . so whats for lunch?
Here in LA it is ridiculously hot and we lack air conditioning. Typically, thats not an issue but I confess, right now if I could fit in the fridge, I'd be there.
For last week's heatwave, Sunday dinner was giant bowls of gazpacho. Everyone--pups included--found it fine. This week for lunch, we made fruit smoothies [frozen fruit of your choice mostly from trader joes, yogurt, a bit of protein powder, vanilla & honey--WHIRRRRRRRR in the Kitchenaid blender]. I highly recommend mango with fresh blackberries and a touch of cream!
At the Sunday Farmer's market, I bought incrediants for a nice tomatillo salsa--tomatillos, hot peppers, cilantro, green onion and lime--to be scooped onto some grilled fish or chicken tongiht or tomorrow.
What are you eatting in these roasting hot days? Are you cooking? fasting? Eatting out? whirling the blender?
I live in Florida and we're used to the heat, I guess you'd say...but we grill out almost every weekend. Is that an option for you? I realize that not everyone has access to a grill. Tonight I tried a new marinade for chicken and it was VERY good! And, so simple:
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup brown sugar (I think I used less, maybe 1/4 cup)
6 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine the above ingredients and pour over chicken pieces, skin removed, in a non-reactive container or Ziploc bag. Turn bag over a few times to coat chicken. Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours. Remove chicken from marinade and grill over hot charcoal til done. You can boil the marinade gently for a few minutes and pour over the grilled chicken...delicious! I will be using this recipe again, it was very tasty!
Last week we were flattened by the heat in the Northeast. We ate a lot of salads - green leafy ones, grain salads, fruit salads etc. Also cold roast chicken, grilled fish and seafood. Fortunately it lasted about 4 days and now we're back to normal weather.
Hiyashi Chuka....cold ramen noodles (or soba or even udon) with a spicy sesame dressing topped by various garnishes...thin strips of omelette, ham, cucumber, beni shoga, nori, tomato etc... (an extremely satisfying dish)
Saturday I made a cold green bean salad with macerated shallots in red wine vinegar and crumbled stilton cheese. Ate it with leftover cold roast chicken, slices of english cheddar, and a huge handful of sweet cherry tomatoes from the farmer's market. A great hot day lunch.
Yesterday lunch was a cold sugar snap pea salad with mint, lemon juice, olive oil, and lemon zest, with more cherry tomatoes, more cheese, and a cold cilantro marinated tofu salad.