If You Can't Handle the Heat

Peter and I have a yearly summertime habit of torturing ourselves.  Neither of us had airconditioning growing up so we decided A/C was lame, not green, and a needless amenity for people who are weak-spirited.  Each year by August, after days we spend in our underwear drinking ice water that won't stay cold, we give in a little.  First, it was the Dyson fan.  And then it was the portable air conditioner for our bedroom.  Now, nine months pregnant after a triple-digit heat wave I can readily tell you: I love air conditioning.  I need air conditioning.  People who live without air conditioning are either stupid or sadists, or both.  Peter has promised that by mid-August we'll have a new unit installed in the apartment.  At which point you can all come over for dinner again.

Last week was so hot I could barely eat.  And I certainly could not turn on the stove.  So I threw all of the farm fresh ingredients we had in our fridge together with cous cous, which can be cooked without any heat at all.  The result was delicious, refreshing and most importantly: cold.

Cous Cous Salad with Parsley Pesto

Parsley Pesto:

Blend 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, leaves from 1 bunch parsley and a handful or almonds or pinenuts.  Add a squeeze of lemon (if you have some on hand) and 1/4 tsp salt.  

Cous Cous:

Rinse 1 cup cous cous in fine mesh sieve.  Place in mixing bowl.  Add 1 cup water, 1/4 cup at a time, waiting until each 1/4 cup is fully absorbed until adding more water.  You may not need the full cup (if you are brave, the process will go faster if you use hot water from a tea kettle).

Salad:

Mix parsley pesto into cous cous.  Add: rougly chopped arugula, chopped, salted, cucumbers, onion (red or white), sliced almonds.  Top with crumbled feta.  Throw in the fridge until hubby gets home.  Serve chilly cold.

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