Monday, July 30, 2007

Summer Food

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?


Octopus Knits said...

Mmmm... sounds delicious! We just tend to throw things together year round -- lots of stir frys and salads with no particular plan.

Krista said...

I actually made kidney and black bean chili the other day, which was so weather inappropriate, but very tasty.

I do get pretty lazy in the kitchen when it gets hot like this. I'm going to have to check out that article you mentioned.

Shelley said...

Oh that is gorgeous!! I love to make a salad with crab, strawberries, mixed greens and a teensie bit of cilantro and a 1/4 cup of cashews. Then I make a dressing from nonfat sour cream, lime juice and sweet chili sauce. It sounds weird but it is in-freaking-credible!

Cora said...

Oh, the crap salad from Shelley sounds yummy and so did the shrimp and cucumber.
I love homemade taco salad in the summer with black beans and lots of avocado. Gazpacho is another favorite, so cool and refreshing and a breeze in the blender.

Nasus said...

Yum, I'll have to make that shrimp salad! Funny, b/c K and I just jotted down our fave 14 dishes and posted them on our fridge. We've been eating a lot of bbq'd pesto shrimp over capellini, or bbq'd marinated chicken and red peppers, tossed with lettuce, cucumbers, gorgonzola cheese, and quickly blanched local sweet corn (yum, I love sweet corn.) :)