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bruschetta

category:     appetizers and snacks
style:     italian
special consideration:     quick and easy
servings:     12 servings

description:
(pronounced as broo-SKEH-tah)

bruschetta is the italian-style garlic bread served as hors d’oeuvres.. there are so many different variations depending on your choice of topping. this particular variation is my favorite… =)

ingredients:

bruschettas:
1 thick baguette, end trimmed, loaf angle cut into 12 slices
1/3 cup olive oil
2 to 3 peeled garlic cloves, for rubbing

tomato, caper and olive topping:
3 large ripe tomatoes, trimmed, seeded and diced
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons drained small capers (or as much as you like)
3 tablespoons drained black or green olives (or as much as you like)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced lemon zest
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed through a press or minced
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

directions:

for the bruschettas, preheat a grill or grill pan. rub the bread on one side with raw garlic then drizzle with a little olive oil. lay the bread on the rack or pan, cover, and grill, rearranging the position of the slices on the rack to create attractive markings and turning them once, until they are crisp and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes total. remove from the heat and cool. the bread slices can be grilled several hours in advance.

for the tomato, caper and olive topping, in a medium bowl, stir together the tomatoes, basil, capers, olives, oil, lemon zest, garlic, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a generous grinding of pepper. cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

here’s to hoping you enjoy my favorite. as world-famous chef wolfgang puck says…  live, love, eat! =)

p.s. for the sake of comparison and to satisfy your curiosity, click on the link for wolfgang puck’s bruschetta trio recipe.

i’ll be fifty-two years old on this day. and this fifty-two year-old self is whom i want to visit — wherever she may be…

…incidentally, my father turns 52 today. yes, to put a stress on the point, he is 25 years older than i am. happy birthday ningravs! 🙂

 

color wheel

the color wheel i found on the internet shows the twelve different colors on a standard color wheel. it also gives us the distinction between shade, hue tint and complement tint. who would have known it was this complicated to choose a favorite color… but based on this color wheel, i choose blue. in particular, i choose the blue shade (which to my mind is mediterranean blue).

blue is color of the vast and endless sea. blue is also the color of the sky. although my room is white (to give it more light), the trim on the edges are painted blue. the door to the room is small and blue while my bathroom tiles are blue too.

most of all, blue reminds me of the white stucco houses sporting a portico on one side and trimmed with blue paint on the edges, situated in a tiny seaport village along the blue breezy mediterranean sea. this is actually the inspiration for my room (though it may not show because it is, by far, in its messiest state now).

in another light, blue is a word which may refer to the feeling of sadness. the blues is also a style or genre of music which i don’t necessarily enjoy except for the more recent renditions of norah jones. blue is often associated with democrats (as opposed to red of the republicans). i could go on forever about the other symbolic significance of blue but wikipedia has already beat me to it so you can go check it there yourself.

as i wind up this first ever “table topic” post, i can’t help but observe how my screen is filled with blue. wordpress’ default is blue. windows xp is also blue. i guess a lot more people out there also have blue as their favorite hue. 🙂

 

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