It’s 70 degrees and muggy in Chicago but I’m sitting here wrapped in a bathrobe and faux fur blanket, chilled to the bone. The reason? I just polished off a quarter of a cold watermelon. No, not a quarter of a slice. A quarter of an entire melon. Impressive, I know.
When summer finally starts to roll around, watermelon is one of the first things I lunge for, before the sunscreen or the shades or the cute little dresses I practically live in June through August. It’s my ultimate Summer Food, a treat denied by Mother Nature during the harsh sub-zero winter months when I am forced to subsist on mealy apples and a box of grapefruits shipped to me by my grandparents vacationing in Florida. So pardon me if I go a bit crazy when I see “Seedless Watermelon, $5.99” signs posted at the grocery store and start shrieking and crying like a teenage girl spotting Robert Pattinson at the MTV Movie Awards.
Some of my other favorite summer foods:
Italian ice (mango and raspberry)
Grilled corn on the cob (anything grilled, really –salmon, chicken, kebobs…)
Cereal and skim milk
Surprisingly, my love of all things oatmeal does not fall by the wayside when the heat index rises. I still faithfully tote my ziplocked bag o’ oats (and brown sugar and dried cherries and flax) with me every time I head of the door, filling up with hot water and skim milk at Starbucks, or the airport, or while volunteering, or even while surrounded by 8-foot-tall glamazon models on a casting call in NYC. I don’t care how hot it is outside – everyone loves a hug from the inside (awww!)
Some Winter Foods that I shall be bidding a temporary weather-induced adieu:
Giant plates of steamed vegetables
Crockpot veggie chili
Mugs of cocoa
Red wine (Get back to me on this. I may slip every now and then from my summer mainstays of dirty dry martinis and Riesling)
Do you have Summer/Winter Foods? Tell me – I need more variety, lest I burn out on my watermelon-a-week habit!