It has been hot in Townsville lately. Most days get up to 34 degrees, or 92 fahrenheit. And, the thing about summer in Townsville is that it doesn't cool off much at night. And the breeze is hot too. So you turn on fans and leave the windows open to no avail. Despite most people around thinking we are crazy, Andy and I have avoided turning on the air conditioners. In fact, we haven't turned them on since we moved in to our place in July. They might not even work, for all I know.
When it's hot like this, dinners tend to be light. Like this seitan burger, topped with sauteed mushrooms, onions, and red capsicum. Lots of salad underneath keeps it cool and crisp.
Veggie sausages feel like summer food. We scored when we went to Cole's earlier this week and found all kinds of veggie snags marked down from $4.95 to $1 a package. We got 6 packs, and I wish our freezer was bigger so we could have cleaned them out. The sausages were topped with a mix of sauteed onions, mushrooms, and tomato, and served alongside a zucchini/carrot/capsicum mix. And we also had some baked mushrooms, since the oven was on earlier in the day (keep reading...). The mushrooms were marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and orange juice. Yum.
Two ways with Mexican salad. A big bed of lettuce keeps the dinner lights. Top with a mix of veggies and refried beans. Add some tomato and fresh corn salsa, and finish with a dollop of guacamole.
Or, change up the veggies, and top with mango salsa instead. I preferred the mango, Andy preferred the tomato/corn/avocado version.
What not to do when it's hot as hell? Bake. But, with Christmas coming up, and with Andy and me not visiting his family this year, I wanted to send some cookies down. So, on went the oven, despite the heat. I made three recipes from VwaV. Sparkled ginger cookies, which stayed quite soft and spicily delicious. Crunchy peanut butter oatmeal cookies, which I made small to fit in tupperwares.
And Buttery lemon cut-out cookies. But, I swapped the lemon for orange, and topped the cookies with some melted Maya Gold chocolate (dark choc with orange and spices). Andy did the drizzling. What is a poor kitty to do when her stupid humans turn on the oven on a hot day?
Happy culturally appropriate December holiday, everyone! Whether you're in oppressive heat, or frigid cold, or somewhere in the middle, enjoy yourselves!