It is crazy hot outside.
The haze is gone for now, so I really shouldn't be complaining.
But it is HOT.
5 ways I recommend staying cool:
1) Walk around with ice packs in your shirt
This works, I'm not kidding. The only problem - the weirdest looking wet patches, which confines this idea to people who work from home. Or a cave. Or in permanent darkness.
2) Build a nice little igloo and never step outside
Theoretically a good idea, but your food will soon run out. Plus you'll have to take a course on How To Build Igloos first. A little more commitment than I'd care to make in this heat.
3) Put your bedsheets in the fridge
This one's not from me, it came from Lifehacker. You pop your sheets into a bag, leave them in the freezer/fridge, viola - nice cool bed linen for some sweet dreams. The cold is very temporary though, which makes this too-much-work-for-very-little-rewards.
4) Run away
North pole, Estonia, Russia, Canada - take your pick. You just have to be able to afford the ticket. And like to eat pickled or smoked food all the time. And love skiing.
5) My fave - load up on fruits
This is probably the only sensible idea on the list.
Hey, I bake - don't claim to be a rocket scientist :)
Vitamin C is a fantastic way to build up immunity.
You'll need it in this insane heat, help your body fight the soaring temperatures and not fall ill.
As I said earlier, I bake.
So of course there must be a way to infuse fruits + desserts.
These are guaranteed ways to have your cake (or vit C in this case), and eat it!
Two best things about making milkshakes: they're SO
easy to do, and uses ingredients you probably already
have in your kitchen.
So many, many variations you can have, and so simple -
you don't really need a recipe, really. Ok, but it
does help with estimating proportions, so here's a quick recipe
|All you need is good quality vanilla ice-cream, |
strawberries, milk and a blender.
Blitz till smooth, and it's ready to go!
|Top L: Upping the indulgence with drizzled Nutella.|
Bottom L: Desserts taste more fun in a cute cup or an adorable bowl. Truth.
R: Best way to use ripened bananas - in a velvety Banana Shake!
CHIFFON CAKE WITH FRUITS AND CREAM
I love the light, bouncy texture of chiffon
cakes, it goes fantastically with fruits.
So wonderfully summery.
And though I'm usually not a fan of cream, with this
cake it acts as a rich, moist blanket bringing the
chiffon and fruits together in a merry mouthful.
|For a superb chiffon, here's Martha Stewart's fail-safe recipe.|
It's pretty good as is, I've just cut the sugar to 1 1/3 cup for
a lighter taste. I didn't have cream of tartar on hand, so I
replaced with the same amount of white vinegar, which worked
as well in stabilizing the egg whites when whipping.
|The lovely dark wads from the vanilla bean pod gradually break |
up as the egg whites build, forming minute black speckles
that give the cake its aroma and vanilla depth.
|L: The cold heavy cream needs to hold up to peaks, that's |
when it's ready. Since this is a smaller 7" round cake
(Martha's is a 9.5" tube), 1 cup is sufficient to fill and top the cake.
R: Don't skip this step. Letting the strawberries stew in a bit of
lemon juice and sugar takes away its sour bite.
Unless you're using Japanese berries. In which case, I'd definitely
go with the strawberries as is, they're so sweet and succulent.
|Best to assemble the cake about 1 hour before serving, don't|
forget to drizzle all that strawberry juice over the sponge.
It will keep for several hours in the fridge
without drying out too much, if you need it to.
|All set to impart good ol' vit C and help save the world.|
DEEP CHOCOLATE GANACHE CAKE WITH FRUITS
Much as I like light chiffony cakes,
my true love lies with deep, dark chocolate.
Like an unyielding siren, it calls out to me.
I find it extremely hard to say no to chocolate.
I may need help.
But I digress.
So of course, I have to make a fruity chocolate cake.
|There are countless chocolate cake recipes, all with their merits. |
I love making Martha Stewart's Chocolate Torte,
but if you want a less dense cakey sort of cake, try Bakerella's.
|Fill the cake with chocolate ganache (recipe here),|
pack it with sliced strawberries in the middle.
Oh, and drench the cake in ganache on the outside.
Just for good measure.
You know... in case there isn't enough chocolate ;)
|Dress the cake up with any fruits and toppings you like. |
I love to see contrast of colors, and the eye-popping red
strawberries go beautifully with the more muted dark blueberries.
Stay healthy and happy, everyone!