Summer – high temperatures and high humidity. A sense of laziness sets in with the heat of the day, sapping any strength I might have left after watering, deadheading flowers and general tidying up outside.
What I want for lunch is something easy, cool, and above all, tasty. No cooking allowed. Besides, I may very well have just enjoyed the kitchen finally cooling down after baking a loaf of No-Knead Bread. A 450 degree oven is easy to endure in winter. In summer, it’s another thing altogether.
Sometimes, when I have great fresh tomatoes, I just make one of James Beard’s favorite sandwiches, sliced tomatoes with mayonnaise on toasted English muffins. I may add some basil now and then. Sometimes, I like a nice mound of tuna salad, nestled among tomato wedges, and drizzled with lemon juice.
Once in a while, I will use some tortillas and make a wrapped “sandwich”. Here’s the recipe for one from my daughter who used to make these when she worked in a gourmet market and deli.
Deli Roast Beef Wrap
soft cream cheese
very thinly sliced deli roast beef
roasted red peppers, drained and patted dry
Spread cream cheese on tortillas. Lay slices of beef on the cheese. Cover with strips of red pepper and put a little coleslaw on top. Wrap them up and chow down!