Heat wave... over a week of 90's... what to cook/eat??
I usually associate cabin fever with being snowed-in. Here in my part of NJ, the longest I've been snowed in was for about 36 hours... because I live on a small circle, township plows circles LAST, and we had a VERY unusual BIG storm that dropped over 3 feet of snow. Even neighbors with 4WD trucks couldn't muscle thru that much snow.
I get a bit cabin-feverish just waiting for plows to show myself I CAN get out, if I want to.
Well, I'm suffering from reverse cabin fever, I guess. Has been well over 90 for over a week. When you walk out of the AC, it hits you like a ton of bricks. The most I've been outside is to pick up paper from driveway, mail from box at curb, or from hous-to-car-to supermarket-to-car-to-house.
In the winter, when stuck inside... one of the first things I start thinking about is what I'm gonna cook & eat. Getting those same urges during this heat wave. It's too hot to even cook out on the grill!?! Definitely don't want to fire up the oven or all the burners on stove top.
Yesterday, pulled some frozen shrimp out, butterflied, breaded and fried. I prefer tartar sauce over cocktail... and got a little inspired to make something I've NEVER made before... MAYO. MAN, was that simple and the result was delicious! Just hunted up a recipe (Alton B's) and used my mini-processor to zizz up about a cup or so.... 1 yolk, dry mustard, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, a few pinches of sugar, and some salt... think that's all it took. Think recipe says use within a week!?! The raw egg thing... NOT something I'm remotely worrying about.
So it's HOT HOT HOT and you're marooned inside in the AC... LUCKILY!! What are you cooking/eating?
Nummina nummina on the shrimp and mayo. It really is rewarding to make your own, innit?
I eat SO many caprese salads when it's hot out. I eat a whole lotta rice/noodle plates, too: rice noodles, shredded cuke and carrot, basil, mint and cilantro, and prawns; w/ nuoc cham, maybe a bean sprout or two in there. Lotsa BLT's: for that matter, many many tomato sandwiches (w/ a nod to homemade mayo, unless I'm lazy in which case I just add a squeeze of lemon juice to best mayo in a jar). The bacon part of this is easy if you do it in the morning. :)
When it's hot out, I blast on the A/C and make some hot soup (egg drop if I'm lazy or oxtail simmered overnight if I'm not lazy) and then finish off the meal with a big bowl of ice cream served over warm pound cake.
I love to cook - but this is the weather that invented take-out. Last night we had take-out Indian, and for tonight, I've put the chicken I was going to cook into the freezer and getting a pizza.
Just this morning we were gleefully talking about how it's only going to be in the 90's next week... I think we're on day 7 of 100+ degree heat, so I've been avoiding the oven and stove all together. Lots of salads here, fish/veggies stramed in the microwave, and fruit.
We've been grateful that tomatoes arrived in time for this (4 days in triple digits, gazillion bazillion or so above 90, not typical for here). We've been enjoying a LOT of tomato/duke mayo sandwiches. And some BLTs.
I made a big batch of coconut rice, and we've been having that with sliced avocado and/or mango and/or grilled veggies.
Gazpacho is a great idea for this weather.
I would love to bake a peach pie and/or blackberry pie or cobbler. The fruit has been delicious. But I just am not going to turn on the oven.