I keep finding myself being obsessed with a certain ingredient, food, dish or cuisine for long periods of time. It is like I become addicted to something and crave it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week, a month or longer sometimes.Often I then don’t want to eat the food for a long time, I overdose on deliciousness. My daughter (Charlotte) doesn’t like it so much, she likes variety and is pretty quick to complain when I serve her up another version of lentils (my last obsession) for the 5th time in a week.
Just recently I had a love affair with bruschetta, delicious fresh things (avocado, tomato, cucumber, onion, celery, capsicum, herbs, spinach, feta cheese, chickpeas, the possibilities are endless) on crusty sourdough, white baguette or crunchy rye. Sometimes I like to dress it in aged balsamic or lemon, sometimes just plain. Charlotte called this obsession ‘salad on toast time’ which is quite a good description but it certainly doesn’t evoke the happy thoughts the word bruschetta does for me. This was mostly a breakfast obsession, and I ate it for a good month, everyday. It has cut down to 1-2 times a week now but bruschetta still holds a place in my heart.
I think that bruschetta is a fabulous way for new mums (especially those with toddlers who find it hard to feed themselves during the day) to eat. When you have a spare moment (usually at night after the kiddies are in bed) you can chop up a mix of vegies (tomato, avo, cucumber, spinach etc) and add some protein like cheese, chickpeas etc and have it stored in the fridge for a couple of days in an airtight container. It is ready to go when you get hungry, bung on some toast, top it with the mix and it well balanced two minute meal.