When the weather is so humid that you need gills to breathe, no one wants to cook.
It’s a riddle.It’s hard to be cool as a cucumber when you’re one hot tomato, especially when you enter Hades’ kitchen intent on finding something to eat. Don’t be crabby; maintain your sangfroid! Throw some spaghetti on the wall, and “open sesame“—there’s your menu! And, “Nori a bad word said.”
So, what did I make? tomatoes with salt and pepper, cucumbers and Krab with Nihaizu dressing, gomadare dipping sauce, and somen noodles decorated with nori. As to “nary a negative comment,” this sauce is better with the more sturdy udon or soba—somen are delicate.
Somen are thin Japanese wheat noodles, thin as vermicelli, which slip cooly into your mouth. They are especially suited to meals on hot humid days. They are almost always served cold, on ice, with a strongly flavored dipping sauce that becomes diluted as you eat the noodles.
And some of the festivites:
It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. Lewis Grizzard
I’m eagerly anticipating some home-grown tomatoes, but going out to our garden every day does not seem to make the little green knobs turn red and luscious.
A number of rare or newly experienced foods have been claimed to be aphrodisiacs. At one time this quality was even ascribed to the tomato. Reflect on that when you are next preparing the family salad. Jane Grigson
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