For some reason, when it gets really hot outside, I get the urge to take it one step further by making our kitchen swelter. When I should be making nice cool salads, I torture myself by turning on the oven and letting the sweat pour (not on the food - never on the food). Part of it is grill envy - I've been using the oven's broiler to make dishes that I'd love to be grilling up in a backyard this summer... if we had a backyard. A current favorite? Salmon brushed with olive oil and a squeeze of lime juice. After broiling the fillets for 5 minutes or so, I brush them with a mixture of lime juice, honey, and coconut flakes and return them to the broiler for two or three more minutes, and serve 'em up with spicy black beans. The heat's not just coming from the broiler, though. I've done a bit of baking, too:
It was this recipe for chocolate black pepper cookies that heated up our kitchen this morning. Oh, sweet gluttony.