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Buttery Bruschetta with Tomatoes

 In Salads & Starters, Vegetarian

After watching Julie&Julia again, my mouth was drooling for the Bruschetta with tomatoes Julie makes at the beginning of the movie. Obviously having no specific recipe I had to make up my own and GEESSH was it good. Can’t wait to try it again.

The amounts aren’t specific. You need to keep tasting the tomatoes until you have the perfect balance between salty, sweet and a little tart-ness from the vinegar.

I also used 3 different tomatoes for added interest and it worked really well.

Cherry tomatoes, halved (I used Bella and another type from woolies)
Ripe Salad tomatoes, cut into chunks
Balsamic Vinegar (I used white as I don’t like the way dark balsamic taints the tomatoes)
Black pepper
Fresh Basil, chopped (a few tbsn of Basil Pesto would also be delish)
Ciabatta/Baguette, sliced

In a bowl, combine all the tomatoes, vinegar and spices and make sure that the balance between sweet and salty is good.

In a hot pan, melt the butter and add a dash of oil. Fry the bread until golden and crisp, (about 2 mins per side) and serve warm with the tomatoes piled ontop.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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