The heat, of course! It’s really, really hot. Waaaay too hot to stand in front of a grill. Debatable about the oven, although we did bake some “flatbread” yesterday evening, from my favorite Mark Bittman recipe. (It uses chickpea flour – “besan.”)
This evening it was “arepas.” This is something our Spanish teacher used to make with the class and they LOVED it. Basically, you use roughly equal amounts of Masarepa flour (cornmeal, but specially marked package) and water, with a little salt and oil. Knead it a bunch and make little cakes. Bake them on a griddle. Shown here both with and without cheese because my husband thought his looked just as cute.
Finally, the first black-caps are coming in…. because of our drought, they are tiny, crunchy/seedy, and few. That makes us appreciate them that much more. Shown here with Claudia’s granola, which I am going to have to give up, probably, and replace with some gluten-free oats. I just haven’t done it yet……
The second is something I’ve been coveting every time I see my students haul out their lunches at school – a stainless steel “tiffin” from To-Go Ware. Here shown with its own little insulating carry sack! Now I can’t wait for school to start up again. Um, that’s not completely true, but I CAN use it beforehand! Thanks, Claudia!