(Well yes it’s now technically Saturday, but you’re with me on this one, right??)
Most of the time when I’m searching for a recipe or thinking about cooking, which is I’d say about 70% of the time, I ignore my stack of lovely cookbooks and head to the interwebs. Let’s be honest, most of the time when I have a down moment I’m sitting in front of a computer, one click from asking Google what’s for dinner, I am not usually idling around my apartment. I know there’s a big world wide web of food out there and I’m loyal to a handful of sites. Yesterday I had planned on a night of pizza & champagne. I was going to combine this and this and have the most amazing goat cheese-fig-proscuitto-arugula pizza.
However, as it’s been across the country this week, it’s a bajillion degrees in Boston and there was no way I was turning on my oven, even for 15 mins. My 4th floor apt with no A/C is hot enough as is. So, I scrapped that grocery list and started anew. This time I went back to Deb at Smitten. She has fantastic seasonal recipes, a lot of little to no-cook vegetable recipes that are great for hot days, and plus, that lil’ nugget of hers is so darn cute! I was lucky because she had a new recipe up- Charred corn Tacos with Zucchini-Radish Slaw. I know, I know, tacos, tex-mex, I’m like a broken record lately!! The recipes are always meant to feed a large family, I am a large family of one! That makes for lots of leftovers!! Plus I like it. So there. (Yes, I am sticking my tongue out at you and making a silly face.)
Anyway, my shopping list for this ended up being pretty short, ( I had tortillas and black beans at the ready at home)
and a lot cheaper than the fig pizza endeavor so I was also psyched about that. I got home and got to work. But not before making a refreshing cocktails, thanks to the ladies over at We Are Not Martha. They always have fun & delicious sounding drinks posted on Fridays and I decided to try one from a couple of weeks back- Sparkling Mango Mint Lemonade (with vodka!) I had the vodka already in the freezer, so that was easy! Whole Foods was sadly out of sparkling lemonade, so I got one of their flavored sparkling waters instead- Lemon Raspberry. SO GOOD! It was a nice twist on the recipe.
Here is the play by play, and sorry for the crappy photos- my camera battery konked out on me about halfway through cooking and I was using my iPhone, which is only a 3 and therefore, does not have a flash. I also would like to report that I successfully used my mandoline slicer to cut the radishes & zucchini, and I managed to do it injury-free. That’s a first in this kitchen. I haven’t used it in over a year and half because of what happened on the first attempt. Eek.