It's been so hot. I've done a lot of whining about the weather. I'm like, OMG it's so hot! ... How hot is it? OMG I'm so hot!! Yeah, totally fun to live with!
I had to drive 20 minutes on an errand... in my car... in the heat. The air-con didn't even kick-in until I arrived at my destination. Then I couldn't find a parking spot in the shade (after I drove around-and-around... in the sun... and the heat). Then the errand took the exact same amount of time that it takes for my car to turn into a Dutch oven. Then there was the trip back home, me basting in my own juices. I was a barrel of laughs after all that.
By the time I got home it was time for dinner. I couldn't face any more cooking - I was already well-done, so I tossed one of our favourite salads together.
Did I ever tell you I'm not good in the heat?
Turkish Spoon Salad
adapted from Greg and Lucy Malouf's Turquoise
2 very ripe vine ripened tomatoes, skinned and finely diced
1 long red pepper, seeded and finely diced
2 long red chillies, seeded and finely diced
1 small Lebanese cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
3 spring onions, finely sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried mint
1 heaped teaspoon harissa
1/2 teaspoon pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
Pomegranate seeds to garnish
Place the diced tomatoes, pepper, chillies, cucumber and shallot on a large chopping board. Use a very sharp, large knife to chop them all together. You are aiming for well integrated, even and fine dice. Scrape into a large bowl and add the herbs, harissa, molasses, vinegar and 1 tablespoon of the oil, then season with salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly and leave for 20 minutes to macerate.
Just before serving, put the salad into a colander and drain for a few moments to remove some of the excess liquid-you want the salad to be wet, but not swimming in liquid. Pour out onto a shallow serving platter, then drizzle on the remaining oil and scatter over the pomegranate seeds, if using. Serve right away.