If you haven’t already seen it, get up and RUN to the movie theater and see the movie Julie & Julia. First, I absolutely LOVED both Meryl Streep and Amy Adams in this movie…they definitely get my vote for an Academy Award. Meryl Streep played Julia Child to a tee, with her walk, the way she spoke and that laugh…it was pretty spot-on. The movie itself really makes you feel alive and not only that, it really makes you want to get out and start doing exactly what it is you love to do in life.
But the food….mmmm…from the very first dish they made on screen my mouth was watering, I found myself having a hard time concentrating on the rest of the movie as the dishes looked marvelous. But one of them in particular really grabbed a hold of me….The Bruschetta. Watching them bite into those big juicy tomatos and the juice running down their chins with the large piece of crusty bread made me almost faint with hunger. I have had Bruschetta before both from the store and at restaurants…but in all honesty, it tasted just like salsa to me.
SO, of course, I decided to venture out and make it from scratch. I went to a market called Fresh Market and bought all the Heirloom tomatoes I could get my hands on. I ended up with a mixed variety of small yellow, red, and green ones (these looked so interesting I had to taste them on my way home in the car and they were wonderfully sweet, I felt as if I were eating a piece of candy), and then I also got big plump yellow tomatoes as well as beef steak tomatoes, fresh basil, and the finest Pecorino cheese I could find.
As I mixed the tomatoes and saw the wonderful array of colors I just knew it was going to be good. I gently toasted the bread in the pan with olive oil and then dressed the pieces like an artist. I felt like I was in the movie Like Water for Chocolate as I added as much love into this dish as I could muster up. I slowly and precisely grated the cheese on top of each one and tenderly placed them on a long white platter to show off their colors. I was so proud of how well it turned out that I had to take a picture of it!
I decided it would pair well with a sparkling wine so I pulled out a special bottle of Champagne from my collection and as everyone sunk their teeth in, there was complete and utter silence….
That’s a pretty good indication of a successful dish if I do say so myself! Give it a try. So simple, but so good.