For the last three days of this heat wave, I’ve been at the beach. Make that in the ocean at the beach. But now that I’m back, I’m already fretting about what to do for dinner when it’s so hot even my airconditioner is wheezing.
My tomatoes are already coming in, and I’ve got cucumbers and peppers in the garden, so I’m thinking about gazpacho. Or I could do a salad with an egg on top. Or I might steal Peter X. Kelly’s idea from a dish I had at Restaurant X on Saturday: Thai Shrimp over Watermelon. He slices the watermelon thin and then sprinkles toasted cumin seed over it, and serves it with grilled shrimp with Thai flavors. If I do a version, I’ll want to avoid cooking, so I’d get some pre-cooked shrimp at the grocery and then toss it with some sriracha (that chili-garlic sauce with the rooster on it), olive oil and a little brown sugar.
What are you doing to avoid heating up the kitchen?