Image a party of ten in your sun-flooded house, with a summer of 36°C/97°F burning holes into your perspiratory glands. Imagine that party of ten being quite hungry, for they are invited to a Dr. Geek party and they are parents and want to be fed.
Image the heat when cooking for them.
So I thought of many dishes that do not require cooking, but are somewhat fancy. There is no way I am serving anything ordinary when there is my mother, the geek's mother and the geek's stepmother coming over. It all boiled down to a somewhat Spanish tapas buffet, but two dishes, I want to share with you guys.
First: Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil
400 g pasta
300 g dried tomatoes
6 Tsp pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
500 g cherry tomatoes
Cook the pasta. Try to do it very early in the morning if it is hot hot hot.
Blend 200 g of the sun-dried tomatoes, 3 Tsp of the pine nuts and the garlic with 3 Tsp olive oil and 3 Tsp white balsamico vinegar. 2 Tsp water if necessary to give it a creamy texture. Mix pasta and pesto.
Cut the rest of the dried tomatoes into tiny strips and the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Add to the salad.
Season with salt, pepper and a dash of sugar.
Decorate with basil leaves.
I love this salad, the geek however doesn't. But who is he to decide? A Dr.? The benefit of it all is, that it not only looks fancy, but tastes great and there is no mayonnaise to demoralize the eaters afterwards.
For drinks, which are urgently needed in such a weather, I made lemonade. For those of you who are native speakers: so far, I have only read about self-made lemonade in books. American, British or Irish. "Kids, come inside, I just made fresh lemonade." I have always been sure that it involves more than just opening a bottle of Fanta, but I have never heard of any living person making lemonade herself. So I thought, that would be fancy.
And it is easy:
Peel the skin off of 3 lemons, add 175 g sugar and pour 850 ml boiling water over it. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
After 3 or so hours of soaking, remove the lemon skin, add the juice of those 3 lemons and cut up a fourth lemon into slices. Put those lemon slices into the jar and into glasses for decoration, add lots of ice cubes and enjoy a refreshing drink for drivers.
No pictures again, sorry, but every time I tried to make a photo, the camera slipped through my fingers because of all the sweat. Horrible.