Monday, August 9, 2010
Cook for the weather you wish you had
"Vile" is the best word I can think of to describe the weather we had this morning. Fine, driving and cold rain blew against the windows until lunchtime, thwarting plans I had to explore the new neighbourhood on foot. Even with waterproofs it would have been miserable. However, the sun put in an appearance by the afternoon and happily I had planned for and bought in food that reflected the weather I'd hoped for, rather than what was forecast! A recipe from Nadine Abensur's 'Cranks Fast Food' which mixes griddled courguettes with Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and mint has reinvented that vegetable as far as I'm concerned, putting it on the list for growing next year. Deliciously squeaky halloumi cheese, sprinkled picturesquely with smoked paprika and olive oil, also gets the griddle treatment (and thank goodness the new kitchen has an efficient extractor fan!). Finished off with bulghar wheat, toasted to a biscuity brown in the oven, then soaked in boiling water and a veg stock cube it's food that tastes of sunshine, even if the heavens don't provide it.