So sorry, life has completely accelerated these last few months, what with my birthday, work completely taking my time in the week and my weekends being spent trying to catch up with myself, friends, family, the tv etc etc I’ve just not had the time (or anything remotely interesting) to blog about.
But I felt like I should share this. Yesterday myself and Mother decided to shamble around Cirencester, a firm fave of mine to go to when I feel like a good old mooch about somewhere. The intention was to thrift shop (popping tags) but that soon turned into a mission to create the best god damn Italian feast ever.
£3 bargain Gap jumpers aside, my attention (as always) diverted to the food, mainly toward the £1 ready to eat avocados in the green grocers, which rapidly turned into the plum and vine tomatoes for a £1, the strawberries for £2, the basil for 99p, a cauliflower the size of a small child for 99p… I could go on. £12.37 later and three carrier bags full of fruit and veg that tasted so good they warranted their own cookery show on the Food Network, we ploughed on to find the perfect ciabatta (home baked of course) to make the best god damn bruschetta this side of Bottelinos.
So here’s how it went:
Slice said beautifully ciabatta into 6.
Throw a shed load (measurements?! pah) of olive oil into a bowl and crush three, yes three, cloves of garlic – laters vampires- into The oil.
Soak the bread in the oil and place on a baking tray
Cut up around 20 cherry vine tomatoes and place them into the bowl with the leftover oil and garlic. Add three spoonfuls of pesto (we bought ours from a wonderful deli – but any old pesto will do) and add salt and pepper and stir up
Toast the garlic and oil infused bread for 7 minutes in the oven
When toasted, add the tomato and pesto topping and sprinkle with salt and place in the oven for a further 3 minutes.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Boom, bruschetta. And boooooooooooy it was damn good. Accompanied by a prawn and salami tagliatelle and copious wine.