Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The heat is on

Yesterday was apparently the first day in 6 months with an 'official' temperature of 90F recorded here in Houston.  Running at around 6:00P last night I could certainly feel it.  About time, and not too shocking for any long-time resident of the area.  Summers in Houston are hot.  They start early and they never seem to end.  Oh and I am hearing the first rumblings of the hurricane season.  Last year's hurricane season was a complete bust -  I am sure every last man, woman and child in Houston would be happy with a repeat performance. 

We kicked off the summer early with a cookout of sorts, some veggie kebabs and tofu grilled on a non-stick electric griddle.  Let's face it, it's not even close to a 'real' barbecue: there's no meat involved,  no coals, gas, flames, smoke, ash or any of the usual obnoxious and/or dangerous elements associated with a BBQ.  Just some good healthy food with a bit of color.

I marinated the vegetables all day in a mix of lemon juice, a little bit of olive oil, soy sauce and a tablespoon or so of a Moroccan spice mix, with a minced preserved lemon.  The tofu got the usual soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sake and rice vinegar treatment, to liven it up a bit before sticking the cubes on a bamboo skewer.  We served it with some brown rice on the side.  Leftovers?  Not much. 


Billy said...

Wow. That seals it. You and the missus need to pack and head west. Temps in the 90s start later, they are also more tolerable and you have PLENTY of healthy/vegan options here in LA.

Then you can invite me over to these BBQs and make me a convert :)

Amy said...

One word: YUM!