Easy & Delicious Bruschetta

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 22, 2010

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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Chelsea at Striking Balance August 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

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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Emily August 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

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

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Rachael August 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

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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[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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

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Kelsey H August 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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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Kelsey August 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm

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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Ally @ Girl in Her Kitchen August 22, 2010 at 8:32 pm

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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Wei-Wei August 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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

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beetred August 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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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Wanda Sandoval August 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm

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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Sana August 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm

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

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Gree August 22, 2010 at 11:24 pm

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

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Joanna @ landanimal.wordpress.com August 23, 2010 at 6:34 am

MMmmm bruschetta is my fav! And yours looks fabulous!

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Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

MMMM! Bruschetta :P

The cat are adorable!

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Dee August 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

OMG! 1988?! CRAZY!

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Dee August 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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

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Nicole April 12, 2012 at 10:59 am

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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