The last few weeks I’ve been away from Glasgow, in countries that are considerably hotter than Scotland. We made it to a toasty 36 degrees in the Netherlands one day. Everyone complained and succumbed to general lethargy, but secretly we all loved having an excuse for doing absolutely nothing, lying in the shade, sweating. Well, we, I guess I did. At the moment, in Italy, the weather is pretty dire as well, but I like it. 40 degrees? Bring it on.
Something that people always tend to say when we reach the peak of summer and the sun comes out, is that it’s too hot to eat. This, my dear Sir or Madam, is bollocks. I can understand the general apathy that this kind of heat instills in people, but it’s never too hot to eat. Unless maybe your house is on fire. And even then you could still roast some marshmallows in the flames. Find consolation in the sweetness, make the best out of even the worst situation.
But the people have spoken. It’s too hot to eat. So instead of a recipe, here’s something else that’s more or less related to food. It’s a handy trick my mum taught me to make sure you always have ice-cold water in the house.
All you need is:
- a bottle (or several bottles)
- some water
- a freezer
Fill a bottle for about a quarter of its height. When you pop it on its side, the water should cover a fair bit of the bottle, but preferably not make it all the way to the lid.
Now just pop it in the freezer like that, on its side. Let the water freeze. Now, when you take it out, there will still be room for more water, which will be chilled in a matter of minutes because of the giant chunk of ice in your bottle.
I’m going to tag this recipe ‘vegan’ just for the hell of it.