A Scorcher = A Simple Meal
December 5, 2012 28 Comments
Today was the kind of day that Aussies refer to as a scorcher.
The temperature peaked at (almost) 36 degrees C in my part of the world (that’s just shy of 97 degrees Fahrenheit).
At 6pm, it was 30 degrees. In my book, that is too hot to be using an oven or stove. Time for a fruit platter and tofu burgers!
On the weekend, we bought a tray of delectable mangoes. 14 mangoes for $18. It has been mango heaven here:
With an abundance of these golden beauties languishing in our kitchen, mango was sure to make an appearance in our meal tonight.
I prepared a couple of platters of chopped, sliced and grated raw vegies, plus a platter of vibrant and colourful fruits.
I cooked thinly sliced, store-bought Spicy Tofu in our ‘cafe style’ sandwich press.
We each started with a seeded, wholemeal wheat bread roll – and constructed our own tofu burgers.
My burger consisted of homemade white bean dip, spicy tofu, Macadamia and Basil Pesto, cos lettuce leaves (from my friend’s garden), baby spinach leaves, grated carrot, tomato, red capsicum (bell pepper), cucumber and vegan cheese:
We also munched on snow peas.
Our fruit platter featured green grapes, pomegranate, mangoes, nectarine, red apple and cherries:
The kids came up with some unique combinations. Our 3 year old son included a de-seeded cherry on his bread roll, while his older brother (6) included 3 grapes. My daughter was more conventional in her burger preparation, with a finished product similar to mine. All burgers were eaten, happily.
Little Baker sat on his dad’s lap and munched on cucumber for a few minutes, dropped his nectarine on the floor, and then lost the plot. He could not be consoled (My 3 year old son speculated that his little brother was crying because ‘he wishes he was older’!). Time for a breastfeed and bed!
We eat like this frequently in summer. My kids enjoy constructing their own dinner. I relish the simplicity of the preparation, and the fact that my children eat an abundance of raw food when it is served in this manner. Moreover, the clean-up is quick. No saucepans to wash!
Once the kids were asleep in their warm, stuffy bedrooms (poor darlings), I indulged in a couple of Billy’s Farm Wheat Syrup Waffles, smeared with Giacometta dark chocolate and hazelnut spread. Now that was a sophisticated dessert!
What is your favourite ‘heat wave’ meal?