Although I had been cooking long before that, it has only been 3 years since I wrote my very first blog post ever! In honor of that anniversary, I wanted to share a recipe from the movie that inspired me to start blogging in the first place: Julie & Julia. I still watch this movie at least once a year and the last time I watched it, I wrote down every single recipe that’s featured in the movie, from start to finish. Tomato bruschetta is one of the first dishes you can see in the movie, and it’s actually the food Julie makes when she decides to start her own blog too. The warm crunchy flavored bread along with those fresh tomatoes with vinegar will knock your socks off! I really can’t think of a better recipe than this one to celebrate my own blogging anniversary.
Julie & Julia
The movie is set in 2002, where we meet Julie Powell (Amy Adams), a young writer who works at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s call center. After meeting up with some of her friends, she decides to do something she likes a lot: writing. Her plan is to cook every single recipe 524!) in ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961)’ by Julia Child (Meryl Streep) in one year and blog about the progress.
At the same time we also get to witness how Julia Child, back in the 1950’s, is living in France with her husband, and picks up some classes to learn more about French Cooking. It doesn’t take her too long before she teams up with two other women to write a cookbook about French cooking for American women, which is the book Julie ends up using for her own blog.
And guess what? All of this actually happened! The entire movie is based on true events!
Now, what makes this movie so great are a number of things. For one, both actresses are so amazingly great! Meryl Streep never fails to kill it, and was even nominated for an Oscar for brilliantly portraying Julia Child. And Amy Adams? Well she’s simply adorable! It’s a shame she didn’t get more award nominations for her role as well. But the biggest star of the movie, is without a doubt the food. You can not watch this movie without going hungry, which is why this recipe will come in handy as well as you can eat it while watching the movie. Apart from tomato bruschetta, we also see beef Bourguignonne, chocolate cream pie, fillet of Sole and many many more dishes.
Serves: 2 people
- 450g cherry tomatoes in all possible colors
- 5 tablespoons of tomato balsam vinegar
- 1 ciabatta loaf
- oregano & thyme (2 tablespoons of each)
- 3 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4 tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of butter
Take your ciabatta loaf and make some diagonal cuts along the loaf, outlining your slices of bread. Don’t make the slices too thin as they’ll have to be thick enough to support your tomatoes. I usually make them around 1,5 cm thick. You want to make some deep cuts but don’t cut them all the way through! Now brush some olive oil on the top and the bottom of the ciabatta loaf and try to rub it in between the slices as well. This way we’ll get a crispy crust on the outside of our bruschetta. Pop the bread in a preheated oven at 180 degrees until the top and bottom are crispy (around 8-10 minutes). As we’ve already made some cuts in the bread, it’ll now be extremely easy to slice the bread completely.
Heat up some butter in a frying pan, and add your oregano and thyme. You probably won’t be able to fit all the slices of bread in the pan at the same time, so make sure you divide the ingredients accordingly. By adding the spices to the butter, they’ll be able to melt in the bread and we’ll get some lovely flavors in our sliced bread. Fry the bread until both the top and bottom are crispy as well, so you’ll end up with a slice of bread that is crispy on the sides (from putting it in the oven), on the top and on the bottom.
While your bread is frying, you can start cutting up your tomatoes and basil. Cut the tomatoes in half and chop the basil finely, put them all in a bowl and add the vinegar. I bought my vinegar at Oil & Vinegar and it was one of the best vinegars I’ve ever tasted. The combination of balsamic and tomatoes is exactly what this recipes calls for. If you can’t find this in your local store, simply combine tomato vinegar with some balsamic vinegar (I’d say it’s about 2 tbsp tomato – 1 tbsp balsamic).
All that’s left now is to rub the clove of garlic on top of every slice of bread for some extra flavor, and then add your tomato – basil mixture on top. If you don’t like the taste of garlic, don’t worry, they taste just as good if you leave the garlic out! Serve it while the bread is still warm and enjoy the movie!
You can buy the DVD on Amazon UK or Amazon US. Julie Powell’s book is also for sale on Amazon UK. Last but not least you can buy Julia Child’s Mastering the art of French Cooking on Amazon UK: Vol. 1, Vol.2 or on Amazon US(2 Volume Set)