Summer is a state of mind

Last night’s dinner was such a colorful array of delicious summer food.

We may be three days from summer solstice, but summer comes to North Carolina in May.  I’ve been referring to the present as summertime for over a month now.  “Summer” is a state of mind. :)

One of the things I think I’m pretty good at doing in the kitchen is figuring out a well-balanced, healthy meal with the things we have on hand.

When Brad and I decided we wanted to go see a movie at 8 pm, I whipped this right up in 30 minutes flat.

Cod with Peach Salsa (serves 2)

2 cod filets (4-6 oz. each)
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

For the salsa:
1 medium ripe peach (about 3 1/2 in in diameter)
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 1 lime
sea salt to taste (~1/4 tsp)

Add the contents of the salsa to a bowl and stir well to mix all the ingredients together.  Salsa can be made ahead of time and will taste better if made a day to several hours prior to eating.

Sprinkle cod with salt and pepper and saute on medium high heat in the oil until browned on both sides.

I served the cod and salsa with corn on the cob, which I boiled, and roasted okra, which I love.  I never thought I would ever like okra, but that was only because I had never had it roasted.

Simple Roasted Okra

Okra (as much as you want)
sea salt
red pepper flakes
extra virgin olive oil

Lightly oil a pan or spray it with a Misto.  Put okra on the pan making sure none of it overlaps.  Sprinkle with sea salt and red pepper flakes.  Cook on 425 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes.  Turn oven on broil and increase temperature to 500 degrees F and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Watch the okra so it doesn’t burn; it may need less time than five minutes.  Dark brown is okay or even a few black marks, but you do not want completely charred okra.

Okra became one of my favorite vegetables last summer and I’ve been waiting with anticipation for okra season to begin again. It is a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Manganese.  It is also a good source of dietary fiber and folates.

I really enjoyed this fresh and delicious meal, especially after I added a pat of real butter, salt and pepper to my corn.  Fresh corn on the cob is one of my favorite things about summer.

This is Brad showing how much he loves roasted okra too.

Don’t worry, I’m not giving you the stink eye. That’s just the way I look. ;)

After enjoying this meal, Brad and I headed off to the movies to see The Tree of Life.  Brad ordered peanut M&M’s and I didn’t have even one (I type as I reach around and pat myself on the back).

Our thoughts on the movie:

- I left thinking “Who are the critics who gave this movie a good rating?”
- Brad’s initial thoughts were, “I thought that movie would never end!”
- The guy who left the theater beside us said, “I want my two hours back!”

We tried to exit through a locked door and when the door wouldn’t open, we cried out, “Oh no, they’re going to make us watch it again!”

The moral of the story is: don’t go see The Tree of Life.  It’s a yawn fest.

Unless, you’ve already seen it and loved it, then let’s agree to disagree.

We ended the night by enjoying a drink at a trendy Italian restaurant with a terrace that has a beautiful view of the Charlotte skyline.

What’s your favorite summer vegetable?  See any good movies lately or any ridiculously bad ones?

Ingredients
Directions

16 Responses to Summer is a state of mind

  1. Lee

    I finally saw The King’s Speech which was good. Oh and I saw Never Let Me Go which I loved. Both on DVD.

  2. oh not about the movie! That is the worst, when you pay money and spend your time and it sucks! I will be sure to NOT go see that one!

  3. That looks so delicious!

    I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of that movie! It stinks when you pay for a movie and it’s awful.

  4. My husband dragged me to Super 8 last weekend and to my surprise, I actually really liked it!

  5. summer is a state of mind here in Seattle because we have grey and rain….again!
    we’re planning on hitting the theater today…I want to see Super 8.

  6. I didn’t even know Brad Pitt had a movie out right now. I really liked Super 8 for a fun, summer Blockbuster. We rentecHow Do You Know which I thought was awful. I thought it’d be a cute chick flick but it was really bad.

  7. Okra looks good. Can you believe just a few weeks ago I had okra for the very first time?!?! I know, haha it was delicious though. So now I need to learn how to make it myself :)

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  10. This makes me sad to read your review of The Tree of Life. I was living in Smithville, TX (where it was filmed) while they were filming it. I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for it to finally be released and available where I live. Your review will make it easier for me to wait for the DVD. :)

    As for the okra, it looks delicious! I’ve never thought of roasting it before, but I’ll have to try it. My mom wants to know what happens to the skin when you roast it. She can’t stand the texture of okra…I think she’s hoping the fur will cook off. :)

    • Aw, I’m sorry to make you sad! You should go see it and form your own opinion. My preference for movies might be completely different than yours.

      After I wash and roast the okra, I can’t sense the fuzz at all. I like to roast mine until they start to get char marks. They’re not mushy if you roast them well, like they are when you fry them.

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