The Tomato Dish I Can’t Pronounce

9 Mar

I keep telling people that I used to be a fat Italian lady in my previous life. I probably knew how to make sauce and lived in Sicily. Even though I don’t remember much, the one thing that transcended time and space was my love for Italian food, total pasta lover.

Although I’m not a chef, I pride myself in making a good pasta dish. But when I see something that instantly makes my mouth water, it’s on. I have to buy it, make it, or special order it. Today that happened to be a bruschetta recipe from a movie I saw on cable: Julie & Julia.

Julie & Julia

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I had seen it on Netflix a long time ago and thought I love that tomato thing I have to make it. The dude in the movie was totally devouring it, but then I saw the chocolate cake and you know when it comes to me … chocolate rules. But then I saw the movie again and I had a craving for this tomato dish. I realized you don’t call it a tomato dish, it’s called bruschetta.

And even though I love Italian food, I probably still don’t know how to properly pronounce bruschetta. I hear that chick from the Food Network Giada Delaurentis and she seems to pronounce everything Italian in an Italian accent. I mean really, she can’t just say spaghetti. Spaghetti. I know she can say it the same way she says tuna sandwich, but she chooses to practice her Italian accent randomly on purpose. It drives me crazy, so I don’t watch her too much. Although I probably could have used her culinary skills today, but the meal was still tasty. It’ll be better next time.

The recipe requires yellow and red tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Cut and Mix. I was thinking this is a snap, dude. I don’t know why I thought it would be hard. But then came the mother multi-tasking incidents and the bread didn’t quite come out golden brown, as it was hanging out in the pan with olive oil and butter. It was mostly dark brown, but crunchy as ever, but at least the baby wasn’t crying anymore. Besides, some people like crunch.


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As I finished dark-browning my uneven and different-sized french bread pieces that were supposed to be slices, I brought them over to the bruschetta. I piled on the mixture and added some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, or you could use Kraft, and place it at the center of the table

Wowwwwwwww! What’s that mom?


No, mom. It’s tomatoes. I don’t like tomatoes. Can I have some mac and cheese?

Bruschetta is for mom, spaghetti is for you.

It may not have looked like Julie & Julia’s recipe, but it sure did taste like it.  I basically looked like the dude in the film … thoroughly enjoying every tomato, every leafy basil, every grain of salt and pepper, every drip of olive oil.

Next time a little more golden and less dark, dark brown.


4 Responses to “The Tomato Dish I Can’t Pronounce”

  1. The Hook March 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM #


  2. Krystal Rose June 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM #

    Haha! Thanks for sharing this in your comment. I did enjoy it a lot and actually, after I initially saw the movie three years ago, I made that chocolate cake and the boeuf bourgignon dish for my mothers birthday and they were a hit. My best friend was quoted as saying she wanted to swim in the beef stew and we all had third helpings of that cake that Julie and her husband literally eat right off the serving platter in the film. It is that good! 😀 Julia Child is crazy and her recipes are unbelievably difficult and time consuming (took me over 8 hours to cook/bake those two things!!) but her food is worth it all! She made me fall in love with mushrooms, after properly learning not to crowd them and has essentially taught me how to cook as well.

    • The Guat June 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM #

      How awesome is that. I love the fact that she uses butter for everything, at least that’s what the movie said. The Boeuf Bourgignon did look great, extremely tasty. That night of the movies I did eat chocolate cake, but it wasn’t Julia Child’s chocolate cake. Just regular chocolate. But I would love to try and make it. It’ll probably take me awhile to cook the the cake too. Can I look for the recipe online, because I don’t have her cookbook?


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