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    • Teg-Rem
    • By Teg-Rem 19th Jun 17, 5:08 PM
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    What do you eat in the heat?
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    • 19th Jun 17, 5:08 PM
    What do you eat in the heat? 19th Jun 17 at 5:08 PM
    Now summer has finally come it is too hot to cook much and BBQ's are
    really only for weekends, so apart from endless salads, what do you all
    eat in this heat, I need some new ideas please.
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    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 19th Jun 17, 8:30 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 8:30 PM
    Tbh I don't really cook any differently

    Sunday was still roast chicken. Only I roasted it first thing before it got too warm then served with salads and microwaved jackets. Tonight it was sausages , in baps with a salad

    I'll always find room in the menu for a curry no matter how hot them temp

    So for us here it's keeping the oven off as much as possible and using salads as veg. Beef burgers, sausages in baps don't need the BBQ, the grill works just as well. Fish takes centre stage as well, grilled or even smoked served cold. Using the micro helps keeping the heat in the kitchen down. Couscous and rice instead of spuds. Roasting a tray of veggies when the oven needs on. Ratatouille is delish cold as well as hot, great with meatballs or koftas

    I do buy more bread products when it gets really hot as often or not it's too warm to eat a full meal then 2 hrs later I'm starved so a nice bread to shove left overs in really works for me. And a fridge full of salads, coleslaw, pasta, celery etc, just open the fridge and tuck in when the munchies hit
    • juliesname
    • By juliesname 19th Jun 17, 9:18 PM
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    A dishful of bits - eg pasta or chunks of microwaved spud, tinned tuna or salmon, cheese, hardboiled egg, throw a few peas in the micro, the spoonful of kidney beans that were leftovers in the freezer, crispy bacon bits, chunks of tomato, chunks of pear...dash of lemon juice, a few fresh herbs... Not necessarily all this at one meal!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Jun 17, 9:22 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:22 PM
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    I'd eat anything if it were cooked for me..... which is exceedingly rare.

    I'll eat the easiest thing to stick on a plate that I've got in the house... today that was cornflakes, a couple of choc ices, tomato sandwiches, an egg mayo sandwich and later on some cheesy chips
    • boliston
    • By boliston 19th Jun 17, 9:30 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:30 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:30 PM
    I've just had spaghetti as it does not need the oven on just the hob - i heated my plate with a small amount of boiling water instead of heating it in the oven.

    Yesterday I had curry with rice - hob only meal again (no oven required)
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 19th Jun 17, 9:30 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:30 PM
    Just had kebabs. Like every night, but am in mid east where it is proper hot, not the big girls blouse of a summer you are having. Lots of chilli sauce and the aircon set at 16c. Nice.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 19th Jun 17, 9:32 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:32 PM
    I like quiche. Plenty of flavours to choose from (or make), can be eaten hot or cold and with either a salad or something like new pots and peas.
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 19th Jun 17, 9:32 PM
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    • 19th Jun 17, 9:32 PM
    Sandwiches, a bit of cheese, potato and pasta salad, some yogurt and fruit. Nothing warm sorry.
    • karcher
    • By karcher 19th Jun 17, 9:37 PM
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    More or less the same as I eat all year...bread, cheese, salad, toast, beans, pizza, tuna, more bread, veg, fruit, curry...

    ....In fact I had a very hot and spicy curry on Friday night with a garlic nan bread ....perfect in both hot or cold weather.
    • Judi
    • By Judi 19th Jun 17, 9:43 PM
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    Same as when its cold. Killed me having the oven on today it did. I'd eat more pasta salads if i lived on my own but hubby and Youngest wont touch salad.
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 19th Jun 17, 9:50 PM
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    Cold soups (Gazpacho, ajo blanco etc)
    Burgers
    Wraps, filled with mixed beans, salad etc
    Cold pasta salad (Pasta, sundried tomatoes, olives, spinach/rocket, onion and a light dressing/pesto)
    Raw spring rolls (fresh veggies wrapped in rice paper) dipped in homemade peanut sauce (peanut butter, sesame oil, chilli, lime juice, soya sauce)
    Spicy noodles/thai spiced soup/tom yam
    Sandwiches of any type
    Falafel wraps
    Puff pastry pizza (olives, roasted peppers etc on puff pastry - minimal prep/oven time - whack a load of rocket on top and drizzle with balsamic)

    We're vegan but hopefully a few useful ideas
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    • jayII
    • By jayII 19th Jun 17, 9:51 PM
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    Home made rice salad or potato salad and green/mixed salads, alongside some sort of protein such as cheese, smoked fish or cold meats.

    Or simple cold foods such as sandwiches.

    Ah, I forgot about gazpacho, thanks MandM90, I'll make some tomorrow!
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    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 19th Jun 17, 9:57 PM
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    Another thing I'd highly recommend is investing in a slow cooker/InstantPot. Far less hot - and energy guzzling - than conventional ovens. We keep ours tucked away in the utility room near a single glazed window so it's no bother making curries and chillies in the summer
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 20th Jun 17, 10:35 AM
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    I have been a bit stuck about what to cook recently as I can't bear to be in the kitchen with the oven on. I love soups and curries a few times a week, but can't bear the thought of them in this heat!

    I've been quite lazy and keep cooking Quorn chicken nuggets in the oven in the morning and then having them cold in a bun with a side salad for dinner.

    I quite like having olives, houmous and crackers as well for dinner. Just quick and easy.

    Fresh fruit and ice cream for afterwards.

    Cold pasta salad (Pasta, sundried tomatoes, olives, spinach/rocket, onion and a light dressing/pesto)
    Originally posted by MandM90
    Yes, I do that, I cook a batch and then keep portions in the fridge to have cold.
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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 20th Jun 17, 1:49 PM
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    I never ever use the oven anyway, so I just eat the same all the year round. I might use one ring of the gas hob, steamed veg, or the grill, veggie sausages. Mostly I get food out of the fridge and put it straight onto the plate. The kitchen is not my favourite place to be, I want my meals quick.

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    • Teg-Rem
    • By Teg-Rem 22nd Jun 17, 8:57 PM
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    thanks for all the replies, some great idea which I am sure to try out next time it gets hot again. Typically it's got cool again now but I could never just eat what I eat all round it just gets too hot to put the oven on etc. 30degrees in my kitchen most evenings this week, so plenty salads boiled potatoes and cold meat and fish. Boring.
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