Easy & Delicious Bruschetta

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Good morning!

Look what little prince was asleep before we were last night!

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He was out cold. We poked him and he didn’t move, lol. Very rare for him!

We slept well until about 4:30am when the cats decided they wanted to turn the bedroom into an all night rave!

Awesome.

We are such animal lovers though we couldn’t bring ourselves to kick them out of the room. The things we do for our animals…right?!

Woke up earlier than we wanted to a windy and grey morning…

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Sometimes I don’t mind a grey and cool day. It was a nice contrast to all the heat and sunshine we have been having. It also poured all night long and I could hear the waves crashing into the shore. It was so relaxing! The yellowed grass and plants are happy now too.

We were all chomping at the bit for food this morning!

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Sunday breakfasts are always a bit later than usual and the cats certainly take notice of this delay!

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Here Sketchie is saying, ‘Umm, can we get this show on the road please?!” ;)

For breakfast I had leftover fruit salad from last night! So so so refreshing. It was filled with juicy mango, strawberries, blueberries, apple, oranges, banana, and melon!

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I also had another Vega High Protein Chocolate ‘shake’ on the side.

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Can I just say how epic this 1988 Ghostbuster’s glass is???

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And some Japanese Sencha green tea and leftover chickpea salad from last night!

Had some interesting reads in the paper…

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I guess I am not the only one who was blown away by Chicago’s downtown!!!

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Then a failed Sketchie photoshoot!

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He was in his ‘I got my belly filled so I don’t need you anymore’ mood. ;)

And a new blogging station with a view!

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Now it is time for Recipe #1 from last night’s amazing dinner! I will start with the Appetizer and work my way through.

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Easy & Delicious Bruschetta

Inspired by Simply Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups grape tomatoes (other types would work too), chopped
  • 1.25 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Fleur de sel sea salt,adjust  to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 handful basil leaves, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves very fresh & juicy garlic
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 of a baguette (we used Ciabatta bread), sliced on diagonal (about 25 pieces)
  • 4-5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, placed in small bowl

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. In a medium sized bowl combine 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, chopped tomatoes, black pepper, finely chopped basil, 1 clove finely chopped garlic, and balsamic vinegar. Mix well and set aside. Take your baguette and slice 1” pieces. Take your other clove of garlic and carefully slice in half lengthwise, exposing the garlic juices. Take a piece of the cut garlic and rub one side of each slice of bread to spread the garlic juices and flavour on the bread. Now place 4-5 tbsp of olive oil in a small bowl and dip bread into the bowl (garlic side down) coating one side of the bread. On a baking sheet, line up bread oil side down and bake for 5-6 minutes watching very carefully. Bread will be crisp like toast, but not too hard. I checked mine every 2 minutes. While the bread is cooking take that sliced garlic clove and chop finely and add to the bruschetta mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. When bread is ready flip so the oil side is up and scoop on the bruschetta mixture carefully onto each piece. Take remaining juices and drizzle over top. Serve immediately. Makes about 25 pieces and serves 6 comfortably. We ate every last piece!!

Everyone raved about this bruschetta. It was so good! I think it was gone in about 5 minutes. :)

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The key to good bruschetta is to keep adjusting it to taste. Once the mixture is all prepared taste it and add more sea salt, pepper, vinegar, etc as necessary. The recipe is not exact! Most of my cooking is like this actually.

Also, you need VERY fresh garlic. The juices must be oozing out of it. This is great for rubbing onto the bread before baking.

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Flip oil side up after baking…

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Scoop on mixture and serve!

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Mmmm so good.

My legs are STILL asking for another rest day today so I am going to honour that request and rest up. Should be fine to hit the road tomorrow with fresh legs!

Lunch calls my name. :)

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1 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 22, 2010

I seriously can’t get over how STUNNING Sketchie is!!! I loveee that pattern so much – you’re very lucky!
My cats wake me up at 5am ish too…they think it’s party time :s couldn’t lvie without them though!

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2 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com August 22, 2010

I can’t get over how beautiful it is there! You could hear the waves crashing?? Are you serious!?! :)
P.S. LOVE the Ghostbusters glass!

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3 Leanne @ Radiant, Balanced & Fit August 22, 2010

Thanks for the awesome recipe Angela! It looks delish! I’m going to make that for my fiance next weekend and surprise him. :)

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4 The Wife of a Dairyman August 22, 2010

That looks like a good one that I’m going to have to try.
And, I have to say, every time I see a photo of Sketchie I can’t get over his coloring….I’ve never seen anything like it….so beautiful and unique:)

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5 Camille August 22, 2010

The bruschetta looks fantastic! One of my favorites!

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6 Cynthia August 22, 2010

That recipe look amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

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7 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 22, 2010

I really want to visit Chicago now. It seems like an absolutely exquisite city.

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8 Amber K August 22, 2010

I actually hate bruschetta (bread should always be SOFT and super chewy!) but those pictures make it look soooo good!

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 22, 2010

I looove bruschetta. That looks delish!

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10 Shanna, like Banana August 22, 2010

Your cat’s markings are so beautiful — he looks like a wild animal. Is he a certain kind of cat?

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11 MarathonVal August 22, 2010

That’s wild about that Chicago article… I LOVE it here and love running along the lakefront like nobody’s business (couldn’t have survived the 16 miles this morning otherwise lol), but I’ve always thought it needed some work. The bathrooms are atrociously disgusting…. but I’m not complaining, I still love it :)

What a beautiful spot you are at by the water, enjoy!

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12 Ameena August 22, 2010

Bruschetta is so amazingly delicious and yours looks like restaurant quality. Thanks for the step by step instructions! Now maybe I can actually make this myself!

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13 Liza (Health Nutting) August 22, 2010

MMMMMMM that bruschetta looks soooo delish!
I love classic tomato bruschetta– lots of restaurants try to fancy it up with all these different toppings– but good ol’ tomatoes is my fave :)

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14 Jamie August 22, 2010

Sketchie’s markings are absolutely beautiful. I’ve never seen a cat like him! What kind of cat is that? The other guys are totally adorable too. I love kitties! It was a grey and humid but chilly morning here as well. I liked it too :) The bruschetta looks fab!

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15 Jessica@tastyandtrim August 22, 2010

Your cat has such a beautiful fur coat :) Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers, thanks for the recipe!

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16 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 22, 2010

I love the way I can live vicariously through bloggers – this cottage is simply gorgeous!

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17 kate August 22, 2010

I love bruschetta! Its such a great conversation food.

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18 Allison August 22, 2010

sketchie is so adorable!

tasty appetizers, come over any time and cook ok? lol

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19 Chelsey August 22, 2010

i LOVE bruschetta!!! That looks delicious!

by the way…. i love the way your cat looks. he has the best coat EVER!

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20 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 22, 2010

Mmmmm – I love good bruschetta! it’s such a great appetizer to entertain with because it’s simple but the flavors are always impressive!

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21 Mary @ Fervent Foodie August 22, 2010

I LOVE bruschetta!

I tried a glo-bar for the first time at the HLS, and it was AWESOME! Planning on ordering a variety pack soon!

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22 christyn @ All Ways Nutritious August 22, 2010

Your bruschetta looks so tasty!! So do your salads/casserole from your last post :)

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23 Bridget August 22, 2010

LOL at that picture of you and sketchie! Whenever I try to take a picture holding my cat, she never cooperates :S

So many rave reviews about Chicago. I just HAVE to go now! It looks beautiful!

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24 Bridget August 22, 2010

LOL at that picture of you and sketchie! Whenever I try to take a picture holding my cat, she never cooperates :S

So many rave reviews about Chicago. I just HAVE to go now! It looks beautiful!

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25 Gloria August 22, 2010

That bruschetta looks amazing!
While reading, all of a sudden I felt like I hád to share this one with you;
La vita ha il gusto che le dai. / English: Life has the taste you give it (‘you give to her’).
(I’m a student Italian Language & Culture and I ‘found’ this line when I was in Rome a couple of weeks ago.)
It’s só true anyways, but I thinks it ‘fits’ perfectly to your last posts!
xoxo
(Note; I’m Dutch, so if my English isn’t ‘flawless’, I’m sorry!)

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26 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 22, 2010

I love the Ghostbusters glass! That bruschetta looks fantastic…. I’ll keep an eye out for some oozey garlic when I head out for groceries tomorrow! :)

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27 Kiersten August 22, 2010

My cats like to do crazy things in the middle of the night too (and yes, I put up with it). I haven’t had bruschetta in ages and your picture is making me want to make some now!

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28 Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget August 22, 2010

That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have some cherry tomatoes in my garden that I am going to use to try it. I can’t wait!

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29 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 22, 2010

sketchie has such beautiful markings, what a gorgeous cat!

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30 Stefanie August 22, 2010

That bread looks great. I am loving Sketchie. My cat likes to keep me up when I visit my parents house too. It is hard to deny him fun so I just deal with the lack of sleep. Have a great day and enjoy your company. :)

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31 Maria @ runningcupcake.co.uk August 22, 2010

Wow that ghostbusters glass is sooooo cool! 80’s TV was so good!
The bruschetta looks amazing too
:)

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32 Shannon, Tropical Eats August 22, 2010

Sketchie looks like such a character!!! love that shot of you and him.

brushchetta is so delish.. it could be a meal in itself! great recipe :)

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33 Alexa @ Sohdalex August 22, 2010

This looks So delicious. All these tomato recipes make me WAY to excited.

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34 Monique@She's Going The Distance August 22, 2010

Can I just tell you again how BEAUTIFUL that cat is?!?!? He’s like a mini leopard… what kind of cat is he??? :)

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35 Kelly August 22, 2010

Sketchie is such a cool looking cat!!!

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36 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 22, 2010

I’m feeling the love for Sketchie, he’s so cute!!

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37 Sabrina August 22, 2010

Okay I have to ask about your kitty, who I love btw he is a doll. Do you feed a raw diet to your cat? I mean obviously you dont eat meat and I totally get that, but cats are carnivores thus they need meat, preferably raw meat. On one hand I think your really busy you probably dont care but on the other I know how awful pet food is for animals and how much being vegan has changed your life so I wonder if its something you also do fo the little prince :D Every time I see pictures of him I wonder, is he eatting a BARF diet or is he on some kind of pet food?

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38 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 22, 2010

The bruschetta looks mouthwatering!

How peaceful it sounds to sleep there. Reminds me of my husband’s grammy’s beach cabin. It was a block from the beach and you could hear the waves crash all night. It was completely swept away by hurricane Rita a couple of years ago, though. We miss it so much!

Glad you’re having a good time:)

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39 Callie August 22, 2010

I’ve gotta try that bruschetta. It looks so good! :)
Sketchie’s such an adorable cat.

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40 Wendy @ Seriously Sassy August 22, 2010

Oh my starts. I did not know til today that you have a BENGAL. Knew you had kitties, but a BENGAL!!! We had one for about five years and he was my BABY. LOVED him more than life itself. Then he started peeing on our new baby’s clean clothes and I could not bear it any longer. So sad. I miss my Safari. So much. Give your sweet spotted baby a big hug for me!

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41 Chelsea at Striking Balance August 22, 2010

Sketchie is so beautiful!

That bruschetta looks really simple and delicious! One of my favorite appetizer-type foods. Good for you for listening to your body and taking another rest day. I am really working on listening to my body. I was proud of myself today because even though I wanted to run, my hip wasn’t feeling upto it. I still wanted to sweat, so I switched a run out for a solo spin bike session! Still got a great workout, and no hip pain!

Thanks for always inspiring me to listen to my body, both in terms of exercise and in food as well!

Chelsea

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42 Emily August 22, 2010

This weekend getaway looks fabulous, the cottage is so cute!! Hope you enjoy every second, you guys deserve it!!

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43 Rachael August 22, 2010

I’m going to echo the cat appreciation – such a beautiful animal!
I’m a big fan of bruschetta – I’m playing around with posting a recipe for a Southern-influenced version myself.
Enjoy the peace of your surroundings!

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44 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 22, 2010

I can relate to the cats getting wild in the middle of the night. Love the brushetta recipe.

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45 Kelsey H August 22, 2010

Hi Angela!

random question: (maybe you’ve answered it before) but Sketchie is such a cool looking cat! I’m a big fan! Where did you get him?

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46 Kelsey August 22, 2010

I just found your blog and I have to ask, what kind of cat is Sketchie?? He is THE most beautiful cat. I am really looking forward to reading more of your blog!!

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47 Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen August 22, 2010

My husband grew up in that curvy black high rise on the other side of Lake Shore Drive right next to Navy Pier! Bruschetta looks amazing!!

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48 Wei-Wei August 22, 2010

Sketchie is so pretty! “Okay you fed me so I don’t need you anymore” …hahahah! :D

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49 beetred August 22, 2010

my boyfriend sees me reading your blog all the time, never says a word. tonight he glanced over my shoulder, pointed to the computer and stated “that’s a cool glass” so seriously. It was almost like warning and then promptly went back to his work. i guess he also thinks it’s quite epic hehe

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50 Wanda Sandoval August 22, 2010

your blog is awsome you make vegetable look so appetizing. i love the way you photograhp your daily meals is very inspiring. I must say that I tried the green monster smoothie and is not bad i am looking forward trying more of your recipes.

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51 Sana August 22, 2010

Oh animal raves! They are never up too any good!

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52 Gree August 22, 2010

That bruschetta looks so good! And what a lovely place to be and blog!

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53 Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com August 23, 2010

MMmmm bruschetta is my fav! And yours looks fabulous!

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54 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 23, 2010

MMMM! Bruschetta :P

The cat are adorable!

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55 Dee August 23, 2010

OMG! 1988?! CRAZY!

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56 Dee August 23, 2010

yikes! I didn’t meant to type in all caps either. I must have been really shocked! ;) sorry. *blush

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57 Nicole April 12, 2012

Thanks for the Bruschetta recipe! I’m having a facial party tonight and it will be a great addition to the spread. Also, I AM IN LOVE WITH SKETCHIE!! His markings are absolutely gorgeousss! So unique for a typical house cat. What breed is he?

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