This past weekend I posted a screen shot of our weather station. It indicated 102 F (39 C) with a heat index of 114 (45 C). I'm glad I didn't know that when we were riding around in the Georgia countryside. There were actually a few minutes when I thought about my head boiling away inside the helmet.
Since we don't have a pool (poor me, #first world problems) I usually jump right in the shower when we get home from a hot ride. Brutal heat!
It's definitely the season for lighter fare. Salads, seafood, fruit....that lot.
Here is an orzo salad I can recommend that is great hot or cold. Orzo is one of my favorite pastas. It cooks up with texture similar to rice.
Saute a small onion and 3 or more cloves of chopped garlic in a dribble of olive oil. Then add a half cup of orzo and stir it around. That toasts it a bit. Not sure if that makes a difference in the end product.
Add 2 cups of liquid - I use 1 and half cups vegetable or chicken broth and a half cup water. Salt and pepper this mixture and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until the orzo is plump and soft.
Now add a cup of peas and a good half cup of Parmesan cheese. This makes an excellent meal on it's own or a good side. If you'd like protein you can add tofu, shredded chicken or peeled shrimp at the end of the cook time.
Linking up to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday. HERE is link to this week's Souper Sunday
What light meals do you like when the heat is brutal? I think we might get some oysters soon, nice cold salty oysters.
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