How Do You Cook On A Hot Day?
We are puppy-sitting this rather adorable King Charles Cavalier. We get all the good gigs. He has spent the last two days eating a large number of Christmas decorations so I decided it was high time to take the Christmas tree down. None of us have been able to muster the enthusiasm so far, but it is clearly time. I decided to downsize Christmas while I was at it. Absolutely no-one, including the op-shops, wants Christmas decorations at this time of year, so I have repacked everything in the tubs, and made a memo to self for October to take the bags of unwanted Christmas decorations out and find them a new home. You never know, someone, somewhere might be feeling excited about Christmas by the time October gets here.
It actually turned out to be quite pleasant, listening to music, wrapping up delicate ornaments in tissue paper, remembering all the afternoons with wee children making Christmas decorations in years past. I am a mother very blessed with a wealth of good memories. Although writing that made me laugh. It's funny how you filter out all the fights and tantrums about who gets the glue or the blue piece of felt and the great big enormous mess that equals doing craft with children. Now I get the warm memories without all the crazy-making reality. Another wonderful aspect of ageing:)
Today is very warm and I am very pleased that I had an outdoor electrical outlet put in on my verandah. Currently cooking - dog food in the slow cooker, apricots drying in the dehydrator. Both appliances use a laughably small amount of electricity and are not heating up the house. Win-win. Once upon a time I also had a BBQ with a gas burner which I used to cook dinner on in the summer, but I didn't bring that to the new house. Now I have a house which is not open plan, so I can cook dinner in the kitchen with the door shut and the back door wide open, and still keep the rest of the house cool.
What tricks do you use to make dinner on a hot day?
My best trick is to tap away on the computer in the cool dining room while two daughters are making pad thai in the hot kitchen, listening to loud music, and they don't appear to be fighting at all.