Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Albeit only temporary.
Yesterday it only got to 71. Today it is (right now) 72 on my deck. The wind is straight from the north (thanks, Canada!) - a brisk wind at a consistent 15-20 mph. And no humidity to speak of (only 33%).
Any curtains, blinds or shades have been pushed aside and the windows thrown wide.
It's not just that the house is cool, but there is a decided WIND blowing through the rooms and it feels WONDERFUL.
Yesterday I used the cool weather to give the 'fridge a serious cleanout. Then, because I didn't have to worry about heat build up, I baked a lovely Irish soda bread. I also mixed up a batch of ciabatta bread batter and set it aside to rise for the required 18 hours.
Today I spent the morning trouble-shooting some household stuff at Mom's. But after that I've been playing on the deck, potting up lots of geraniums. That done, I baked the ciabatta loafs. They turned out perfect!
Not to stop the train, I also boiled up a pound of tri-color rotini for a future pasta salad and have put 1.5 pounds of dry garbanzos to soak so I can simmer them early evening. I'm looking forward to chick pea salad and some home-made humus.
As a finale, I'll drag out the propane grill, fire it up and char a 6-pound bag of chicken breasts for future sandwiches, salads, and wraps.
Pasta, beans, bread, chicken - lots of food. But no prob - the 'fridge is nearly empty since the clean up. Plenty of room for some fresh fixin's.
Tomorrow returns to our regularly scheduled heat wave, with high 80s, then 90s for the weekend. *pant* That's why I'm cooking up a storm now because I just REFUSE to heat up the kitchen when outside temps are too much like oven temps.
Meanwhile, I'm putting the range through its paces while the cool temps and spanking breeze persists. Hmmm, wonder if I should throw a couple of veg quiches together. Oh yeah, look. I found the eggs....