Good morning. It’s scorching in New York, punishingly scorching in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Arizona. It’s been terribly scorching in Britain, which recorded its highest-ever temperature on Tuesday. Many people aren’t turning on stoves or ovens for something at the moment. As an alternative, I’m taking a look at simple summer time salads: crunchy greens with carrot-ginger dressing, say; corn salad with tomatoes, basil and cilantro (above); spicy watermelon salad with pineapple and lime; or avocado salad with herbs and capers.
As Cathy Lo wrote for The Occasions final week, these all will be unfastened formulation reasonably than correct recipes, much like the no-recipe recipes I sometimes supply on this area. (And right here’s one now, for actually stunning beefsteak tomatoes: Slice them thick and shingle them onto a platter. Brown some butter on the range, and pour it scorching over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with a flaky salt and serve.)
However we’ve precise recipes, too. Strive a rooster and herb salad with nuoc cham, or an arugula salad with Parmesan. Right here’s a inexperienced bean and tofu salad with peanut dressing. And a radicchio Caesar! I like this crunchy kale salad with plums and dates. Additionally, this tuna salad with scorching and candy peppers. And completely this sugar snap pea salad with radishes, mint and ricotta salata.
Should you’re air-conditioned and sport to warmth a wok, do that great vegetarian tackle the traditional salt and pepper stir-fry: salt and pepper tofu with five-spice powder and floor ginger. Not urgent the tofu earlier than you fry it retains the cubes pillowy and comfortable inside their crisp shells. Look, too, at this skillet shrimp and corn with lime dressing. Served over rice, it makes for a improbable summer time meal.
And the way about this carrot tart with ricotta and feta, salty-sweet above the puff pastry? Or the cheese buldak, “fireplace rooster,” that I realized to make from the cookbook writer and web star referred to as Maangchi?
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Now, it’s nothing to do with Mexican oregano or Tupelo honey, however I received an early copy of Meg Gardiner and Michael Mann’s novel “Warmth 2,” a sequel and prequel to Mann’s 1995 movie, “Warmth.” It’s propulsive.