My husband is a serious pianist, taking tutoring from a professional musician who stays for lunch at our home after their sessions. Although their "lesson" is for one hour, it runs from 90 - 150 minutes each week. I never know. When they're finished with their piano work, they want to eat. Now.
During the winter, I didn't have much of a problem because a first course could be a soup or something waiting in the fridge, the main in the CrockPot or oven and dessert was either preplated or frozen to be ready when the coffee was served.
Summer is upon us and I'm stymied. Living the the desert southwest, our heat makes an oven at mid-day a very bad idea for the next five months. I should also mention that this is not a sandwich lunch, it is a traditional three course meal for a European professor.
I have served soups, composed salads, antipasti for first course. Seconds have included: baked pasta, braised meats and CrockPot main courses willing to wait. Desserts = fruit, torte, cake, ices and cookies.
Tomorrow's lunch = chilled borscht w/ sour cream & fresh dill, a fresh vegetable-garbanzo bean-shrimp salad and rum-braised pineapple with pecan shortbread.
Any ideas to help me through the summer? On non-piano days, we would normally eat a light noon meal which makes this even more challenging for me.
Edit: I should also mention that our kitchen is open and the piano is directly adjacent. Great for the rest of our lives - he plays and I cook - but it means that virtually no kitchen work goes on during their sessions.