The so-called “dog days of summer” have gotten to me and when it comes to cooking I am giving in. Salads and variations-on-the-salad will be my mainstay for a bit. Cool foods that I can quickly and easily put together with ingredients that are readily and locally available. I will make foods that do not require breaking a sweat.
This colander of fresh Crowder peas in where we start today. I quickly cooked them in a plastic bag in the microwave…no hot water steaming up the kitchen on this 90+ degree day, then I rinsed them in cold water and let them drain for a bit.
Hmmmm….homegrown tomatoes & cucumbers from the Duren-Kemp garden of earthly delights. (That’s my son-in-law and daughter’s garden.)
A splash or two or three of this fab balsamic vinegar purchased down the street from Lazzaroli’s Pasta emporium.
A late summer, no oven or stove-top dinner, healthy & fresh, cool as a cucumber meal! Keep it simple, don’t work up a sweat with this “Crowder Pea, Homegrown Tomato & Cucumber Salad”. It’s another “E.A.T. ” (easy as this) meal brought to you from my little Food on Fifth kitchen.
(Almost No Cooking) E.A.T. Late Summer Salad of Crowder Peas, Homegrown Tomatoes and Cucumbers
- 2-3 cups fresh, shelled Crowder peas, lady peas or any other summer pea
- 4 medium size home-grown tomatoes cut into bite-size chunks
- 1-2 fresh smallish size cucumbers, peeled or unpeeled, sliced or cut into chunks
- a good balsamic vinegar, as much as you like to coat
- lemon salt & freshly ground black pepper (or just regular sea salt)
- Rinse & drain peas & put in a zip-lock bag left slightly open. Cook in microwave for about 8 minutes on high. Dump into a colander and rinse with cool running water. Leave to drain for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl toss together the cooled peas, tomato chunks & cucumbers.
- Season with salt & black pepper. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar to taste. Serve at room temp or chilled. Delicious with a crusty baguette and, of course on a hot day, a glass of chilled white wine. Bon Appetite.
Teresa Blackburn teresablackburnfoodstyling.com foodonfifth.com