Every summer, the Boy and I try to make do without the ac for as long as we can. Given that our ac was prone to frequent breakdowns in the middle of a heat storm till it was replaced last year, it has never been too difficult for us. We just stayed out for as long as we could during the day. Unfortunately, we live on the top floor. So the roof soaks in all the heat it can during the day and faithfully passes it along to us till late in the evening. The glass windows don't really help either. So sometime last week, I came home to a baking apartment in the middle of the day and in a terribly weak moment I switched on the ac. And we have not switched it off and continue to enjoy the guilty pleasures of a cool apartment.
However one of the other, totally guiltfree pleasures of summer are the long evenings that can be spent on the balcony -with friends, a nice glass of wine and some pleasant conversation about nothing in particular. Even dinners become something to look forward to with the sudden arrival of all kinds of summer vegetables and herbs. Summer 2007, in our household, is currently dominated by the rather potent combo of chopped guava paste, crumbly cheese* and roasted walnuts . Its added to whatever else the refridgerator reguritates - some mesclun greens, half a can of mandarin oranges, some strawberries, a sad looking shallot and dished up in a pretty bowl. Totally la-di-dah. That red thing in the stylised picture is incidentally what guava paste looks like...kind of like membrilo, but much cheaper and more satisfying.
*Gorgonzola is the flavor of the month.