Mexindian Summer Salad

While I love to cook, the summer heat causes me to avoid using the the stove and oven as much as possible. Instead, I opt for fresh produce that I can chop and mix without applying heat. This isn't too difficult when you cook with mostly beans and vegetables.

This one has a really nice sauce that has two of my favorite spices: paprika and turmeric. I love this combination. It's a really accessible way to quickly introduce heaps of flavor and depth. Especially if you're not that comfortable with combining a lot of spices. This simplifies it, but still keeps it interesting. 

It's easy to put together too. Just combine all ingredients and let rest in the fridge overnight. This allows time for the tomatoes to release their juices, the acid to wake up the spices and the starches from the beans to thicken the sauce. 

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Spicy Charred Cauliflower

Cauliflower has unique properties that make it ideal for certain applications. It browns well. It readily absorbs flavors. It retains great texture at high heat cooking.

This cauliflower dish works well as a snack. It's a delicious munchie. Pop 'em like chips or nuts. They're addictive.

A little bit sweet and a little bit spicy. The sugars in the beer and sriracha carmelize during the cooking  to create a nice brown crust on the versatile veg.

It's also really simple to make.

1 head cauliflower

1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup beer
2 tbls hot sauce
3 tbls sriracha
2 tsps dried dill
2 tsps ground garlic
1 tsp each salt and pepper

Cut cauliflower into small pieces.

Whisk together the marinade ingredients.

Toss the cauliflower in the marinade to coat.

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Most of the marinade should have been sucked up by the cauliflower. Pour the remaining onto the tray with the cauliflower pieces.

Roast at 450 F for 30 minutes or until cauliflower is nicely charred. Turning halfway.