For some reason I get zero cross ventilation in my little house in the big city. I have tried several different ways to catch the breeze and all I succeed in doing is making myself hotter.
And when I am hot and sweaty and covered with lint like a powdered donut, I cannot imagine cooking anything more strenuous than ramen noodles or popcorn.
In my opinion the best way to eat ramen noodles (and by ramen noodles I mean the kind you get in the flat rectangle at the corner store for .69 cents) is to break them up, boil them for 3 minutes, drain almost completely, add a knob of butter, and then add the seasoning packet. Stir to coat and enjoy with a soda, preferably while slobbed out on the couch in a tank top watching re-runs of the A-Team.
This sort of treat is just that, a treat. Ramen noodles are ridiculously high in fat and sodium, which is why they are so delicious. Adding butter and couch-potatoing certainly doesn't help.
Which is why popcorn fills in on the other six nights.
I have a very large cast iron pot with a glass lid that is pretty much only useful for popping popcorn.
I heat up a little olive oil, throw in about a cup, a cup and a quarter of popcorn and shake it every few minutes or so to prevent scorching.
Once it's all popped, I pour my special mixture all over it. This special mixture is a blend of olive oil, butter, garlic powder, chili powder, Old Bay, lots of freshly ground pepper, salt, and a little curry powder - sounds gross, tastes F*CKING AWESOME! I heat it all up together to melt the butter and pour it over the popcorn in stages - pour, shake to distribute, pour, shake to distribute....
I have decided that super savory popcorn is a perfectly adequate supper in the summer. Especially when you finish it with chocolate ice cream slathered in marshmallow topping.
So what do YOU eat in the heat?