Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bruschetta-Inspired from Julie & Julia

I relocated to a new land, far away from my home, a place for the wild n' free..AMERICA. I’m here as a graduate student dealing with the crucial transition phase of my life. It wasn’t great in the beginning though, but later it started getting exciting to me. Initially I thought, living in Springfield, Missouri is going to be really tough, because it isn’t what I expected. I was taken aback when I realized that there wasn’t a single Indian grocery store. And secondly, this place is very quiet with its slow lifestyle, unlike the buzzing New York or L.A which is very untypical for America. But then I realized, I am fortunate to be here, the people are lot nicer here. Yes, I had rude experiences in Chicago! This place is pollution free, traffic free, safe and secure. The only big disadvantage is killing time here! I overcame that too now. I’d been to Branson, a place for value shopping and recreation. I also made a trip to Kansas city-Enthiran movie and Indian food made me feel like India. For the fall break, I was in Eureka Springs, Arkansas- A town on a hill top depicting the Victorian age with its pretty houses, and cute little shops! Classes are like sometimes fun and sometimes boring L Rest is so far so good!
Coming to Food part, I really didn’t have trouble cooking for myself. But cooking for two of my male friends, it is. They aren’t so outrageous like me to try something non-Indian. Lately, I made Bruschetta and compelled them to try it out. And it turned out to a big surprise to me that they liked it so much and they keep asking me to make it again. The idea of Bruschetta was inspired from the movie Julie & Julia. Many food addicts like me, would have seen that movie and were drooling when Eric was gorging on Bruschetta. Ever since I saw that scene, I was like in real urge to replicate it at home.
So here’s how I did mine..
Ingredients :
1 loaf of bread,sliced
3 to 4 bell peppers(yellow & red)
2 large heirloom tomatoes
2 or 3 leaves of basil
Salt & ground black pepper
1 Clove of garlic
Olive oil
Shredded cheddar cheese

De-seed the tomatoes and peppers. Chop them finely.
Chop basil. In a large bowl, add chopped peppers, tomatoes, basil ,salt, black pepper, and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Toss them well.

In a frying pan, drizzle olive oil liberally. Once it got heated up, place the bread slices and let it brown slightly.
Turn around. And brown on the other side too.

Place spoonfuls of the tomato mixture on each slice of bread.
Sprinkle some cheddar cheese and serve immediately!


  1. so glad to cee u post,..i knw how difficult it is to stay away from home,..;-)
    bruschetta look so good,..

  2. Wow Madhu, glad to know about ur stay in America..happy to see u back after a long..Bruschetta looks absolutely yumm!

  3. looks like a tasty way to kill time. good luck here.

  4. Hey glad to see you posting one more. I thought you will never blog again !

    Bruschetta looks so delicious :)
    All the best for your studies.

  5. Glad 2 c u after a long time.....Bruschetta looks really yumm

  6. Glad to see u after a long time! Welcome to US! U will slowly appreciate the place, after visiting many places!
    Good luck!

  7. welcome back dear..take care..tempting recipe

  8. Delicious Bruschetta. Good luck for U in US. Glad to follow you.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,

  9. Hey thanks everyone for dropping by and wishing me luck :)

  10. Welcome to our land :-) nice to see you back. and hopefully u will find some time between studies to blog and share the lovely recipes.

  11. hey HI,
    Nice to hear from you that you are at the US doing your studies....
    Congrats to you... Nice to see you blogging again...

  12. miss u a lot,,, whenever read ur blog,,, wish u best of luck for a bright future...

  13. Sooo when u gonna post a new dish dear,,, i am eagerly waiting to see dat..

  14. welcome Back !! :)
    A nice recipe for this season..

  15. Madhu, missed you a lot da. Believe me, many a times I think of you and gosh.....I didn't check your blog. Missouri is a nice place to live and that's where we came first. Now in NJ, I still love that O'Fallon in MO. It is the most beautiful place on earth , according to me:) Best wishes da. Study well and achieve a lot .... My prayers and best wishes for you always. Love,