Friday, August 27, 2010

True Summer

We don't get much true summer around here. Our weather is generally very even, winter to summer, and it's rarely warm enough to raise a sweat. We who live here like the cool weather and suffer when it's really hot.

It was hot earlier this week. Really, really hot.

So hot that we broke records. So hot that Cora was lazy all day. So hot that washing the deck with a hose was the only work that made sense - so I could spray myself from time to time.

So hot that shrimp salad seemed like the perfect true summer meal. With some lovely butter lettuce and ripe yellow tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and a handful of summer's best berries alongside the avocado hidden beneath the tumble of shrimp. Everything cool and crisp and tasting richly of the summer season.

I was particularly pleased with the shrimp salad, which had a healthy slug of lemon juice to thin the mayo and a hint of licorice in the finely chopped chervil. The crunchy celery, the unctuous shrimp and the pizzazz of lemon were just the right complement for the delicate, sweet chervil.

Our natural air conditioning, the famous San Francisco fog, has come back to cool us down again. But, I'd make this again in a heartbeat, if and when true summer returns.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Kailyn said...

Which day next week are you making it? Because I hear summer will be returning then.

Friday, August 27, 2010  
Blogger Greg said...

That salad would be good in any season. I looked up San Francisco Fog and It says it is a type of sea fog.See fog make happy.;)

Friday, August 27, 2010  
Blogger katiez said...

Gorgeous salad! I haven't had a shrimp salad in yonks!
I actually love living in Ireland - barely a change between summer and winter - just the occasional cold day in winter and hot in summer.

Friday, August 27, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

So pretty. Really a throwback to Ladies Who Lunch, but those ladies would never have been as wild as to use chervil.
Thanks for that idea

Friday, August 27, 2010  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

Sounds like, despite the hills, SF is my kind of town :)
Those are beautiful berries, just beautiful.

Friday, August 27, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kailyn, we can hope for less heat but lots of sun.

Greg, it was certainly a relief when it rolled back in and cooled down our mini heat wave.

Katiez, you'd enjoy the weather here, in that case. Except we have a lot more sun than Ireland does.

Cookiecrumb, didn't I tell you? I have become a Lady Who Lunches since I retired.

Ms Mouse, one gets used to the hills and, in fact, learns to love them for the vistas they provide. One doesn't have to learn to love the berries, however - that's immediate.

Saturday, August 28, 2010  

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