Beat the Heat Meal

It’s been ridiculously hot recently and it’s going to get even hotter on Sunday.  It’s all everyone can talk about and I just know the pool is going to be overflowing this weekend.

While I’ve been hiding inside behind shuttered and blacked-out windows, studiously avoiding the heat; the sun has been very good for most of my garden.  In turn, my garden has been very good to me!  After harvesting bagfuls of mixed salad and tomatos as well as gifting bouquets of fresh herb mixes to neighbors, hunger and thirst overtook me and Nature’s bounty came in pretty handy.

Italian-inspired tomato salad - all from my garden.  A mix of cherry, zebra, and balcony tomatos on a bed of butter and mixed-baby lettuces dressed with basilic vinegar and olive oil.

Italian-inspired tomato salad – all from my garden. A mix of cherry, zebra, and balcony tomatos on a bed of butter and mixed-baby lettuces dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

To accompany our grilled meat – absolutely the only way I cook these days – we enjoyed a variety of freshly picked lettuces and tomatos.  Now hubby understands why we’ve got three varieties of tomatos and five lettuces!  It’s incredibly easy and simple to make  and is perfect alone, with cheese, or fish/meat.  To wash it down, I defrosted some of those strawberries we’d picked a month ago and, after reviewing a few sites on how to make strawberry/mint lemonade, I upped the ante by adding vodka.  Here’s the original recipe for Sparkling Strawberry Mint Lemonade that I adapted.

Later that evening, hankering for something sweet, I topped vanilla icecream with a strawberry compote that I’d made and frozen a month ago – delish!

My berries and cream treat - vanilla flavored soy icecream with warm homemade strawberry compote.

My berries and cream treat – vanilla flavored icecream with warm homemade strawberry compote.

Simple Tomato Salad

Tomatos (as many and any variety desired)
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt
Freshly-milled black pepper
Slice and cube tomatoes into attractive, bite-sized pieces and arrange on plate.  Drizzle a generous amount of vinegar and oil over the tomatos. Sprinkle salt and black pepper over tomatos.  Enjoy!

Mahlzeit!

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About A Bahamian In Austria

I am a Bahamian woman, married to an Austrian man, who's been freshly transplanted to Vienna. I started writing this blog when a dear friend insisted that I had to write down my experiences. At best it'll update my buddies on my crazy-going-ons and at least, it'll keep me from stalking them online (LOL). I hope you enjoy :D
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6 Responses to Beat the Heat Meal

  1. That looks delicious, and I’m not even a big fan of tomatoes. I wish I could grow a garden but it’s too hot where I live and I would kill everything the first week.

    • Thanks, it was! 😉
      If you’d really like to garden, do a google search listing your specific environment to discover what would work. Example: hot weather garden crops, plants that like silty soil and heat. Also, review what’s grown locally in your area. These’ll give you a starting ground. Try a container garden if you don’t have a yard, a herb garden in your kitchen, or a flowering plant in your living room.
      Don’t stop at wishing. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Good luck!

  2. sophia says:

    yummy yummy, when do I get the strawberry compote with icecream?

  3. jusme says:

    So I have to go make a salad now!

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