I haven't been doing much inspired cooking lately. Too much going on, too little time and energy. However, I came across a recipe for Seared Shrimp with Cucumber Salad, courtesy of Martha's Everyday Food, which looked so delish, I had to give it a try over the weekend. I decided to make B and I a nice, summery lunch yesterday. Yu-um!
The salad was cool and crunchy and the seared shrimp added a depth of flavor and just enough warmth. (The recipe calls for jalapenos, which I left out, but to compensate I did add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes for some kick). This was a great summer meal- really fast, but really flavorful. And during the summer, isn't it all about easy meals, that don't involve standing for too long over a hot stove?
I am also inspired by Mark Bittman's recent column in the New York Times, Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes of Less. This is exactly the kind of thing I need during this summer of all work and no play. I can't wait to try some of these fabulous ideas!
What kinds of food have you been cooking up this summer? What are some of your favorite summer recipes?