Monday, August 17, 2009

Julie and Julia/ I'm back

Hello all! Long time no food news! Well here's the wrap-up of the last year (eek). Fall 2008 - super duper busy at work, long hours, exhaustion. New year 2009 - laid off from job - looking for new job, started new job in Spring 2009 - finally getting some equilibrium back.

And feeling inspired by seeing Julie and Julia. Having read My Life in France and Julie and Julia - I was thrilled with how they interspersed the two stories for the film. Meryl Streep was delightful as Julia and impressive in the giant platform heels she wore in almost every scene to approximate Julia's towering presence.

The movie certainly showcased the food - particularly Boeuf Bourguignon and Heirloom tomato Bruschetta. My mouth has been watering for the bruschetta since seeing the film and I did an internet search for the recipe. Not suprisingly - others were taken in by the bruschetta also and the recipe was easy to find. I plan on (hopefully) making this tonight.


Heirloom Tomato BruschettaMakes 10-12.
Ingredients4 heirloom tomatoes (preferably multi-colored), seeded and roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp chopped basil
½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp sugarolive oil
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 rustic loaf of country or Italian bread, cut into ¾ inch slices and halved
Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, balsamic, sugar, and a glug of olive oil in a medium mixing bowl. Season with salt and red pepper. Set aside to marinate.

Coat a large skillet with a thin layer of olive oil. Get the oil nice and hot, and add the bread (in batches if necessary, you can fit about 4 at a time). Cook on both sides until lightly browned and toasty. Add additional oil and repeat for the remaining slices.

Allow to cool enough to handle, the rub each slice with a raw clove of garlic to infuse it with flavor. Top each slice with a generous amount of the tomato mixture.

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Jen said...

yippee! you're back to the blogging!

julie & julia was so good. loved it. the Boeuf Bourguignon looked quite appealing to me as well. YUM!

DesignBell said...

Glad that you are back in the blog world. Can't wait to hear how it goes tonight!

Trooper said...

We need pictures if you make this...