Wednesday Food: What to Eat When It’s Hotter Than Sin
Avoid the oven, let your slow cooker accrue dust, eliminate proteins and cheese– anything that has the effect of “sitting” in your stomach– and your options become limited. The heat is even too oppressive to fire up the grill. Add the desire for something cold and your choices range from salad to popsicles.
When I needed more nourishment than Alexander the Grape and Little Orphan Orange could provide, and had enough of the habitual side salads I make, these green beans with sauce verte were praiseworthy. I recommend poaching the vegetables in wine and waiting a day to eat everything, but the recipe is pretty solid as is.
To help you forget why you moved to a place with consistently disgusting summers, drink a tulip (or two) of Hennepin from Ommegang. It’s widely available, a touch stronger at 7.7% abv, and built for hot days. Decent spice, gentle hops, green apple, and a whisp of Belgian funk– suddenly you’re one of Breugel’s harvesters.
Consume these things on your patio under a shady tree today, and call it your very own Fête de la Fédération.
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