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Hay Hay It’s Donna Day #4


Now I won´t deny that I´m quite fascinated by the Donna Hay look. And by all the very talented people out there, who not only do the stuff but actually photograph it , and make it look just as good. Amazing.
I have a fair few of Donna´s books, and I love looking at them, but more in the spirit in which I read Vogue. I wouldn´t take Vogue into a changing room, and I don´t normally cook from Donna´s books.
It´s the gorgeousness, see. All that pristine whiteness, with the perfectly balanced colours, with just a tiny splash of sauce on the rim, to show the humanity.
But I do love them, and if there was a way to buy the magazine in this country, I´d have a stack.
Since the theme for the  Hay Hay it´s Donna Day #4, hosted by Bron Marshall, is bruschetta, and not some glorious baked good, beautifully iced and spiced, I´ve decided to give it a go.

Here in Spain the bruschetta, as toasted bread with a savoury topping, was always referred to as a tostada. Then at some point in the 80´s it acquired the more pretentious monicker "tosta", which slightly annoys me. Now places that want to sound honest-to-goodness call them "panes". Tostada is only breakfast toast now.

I don´t often make a whole baguette and serve it to a multitude. My bruschetta antics are more of the dinner for two or three variety, served with a salad and a bowl of soup.

My favourite ingredient for a tosta or bruschetta is  onion jam. Smeared on the bread,it will transform and elevate the lowliest leftover piece of beef, lonely roast tomato, or dried up bit of cheese.

The perfect quick lunch is a goat´s cheese and onion jam bruschetta.
You toast a slice bread, of a country loaf type, drizzle some olive oil, and spread some of the jam.
Two slices of goat´s cheese go on top, and are sprinkled with black pepper.
A quick flash under the grill and you have something crusty, golden, sweet-sour and totally marvelous whatever the season.

The other, Tosta de Piquillos y Ventresca, is a store cupboard standby.
This time the bread is rubbed with garlic, drizzled with a very little oil, and then piled with slippery smoky almost sweet piquillo peppers from a jar. On top go a few slivers of ventresca, that tuna conserve made from the fatty underbelly. The merest splash of balsamic vinegar, and you´re in business.
You can use any normal good canned tuna, of course, but ventresca is le dernier cri for this sort of mixture right now.

10 comentarios:

Tanna dijo...

Both sound excellent!
Ventresca tuna...have not heard of that but I'll be looking now.

gilly dijo...

The onion jam recipe sounds fantastic. I love the idea, particularly paired with goat cheese... Mmmm...

Guru dijo...

I could eat tostadas every single day!

L dijo...

Yum! Onion jam sounds fantastic! I have a whole bag of sweet onions... just might have to whip up a batch!

(and as always, great illustration!)

Julie dijo...

Same as Tanna -- never heard of ventresca tuna before and I need to check it out.

You're broadening my food horizons.

lobstersquad dijo...

Hi all
Tanna and Julie: I think the ventresca is a cut from the belly, what makes toro sushi. So the actual animal is tuna, the usual one.
Gilly: it´s pretty good, I´m telling you
Guru: I think I live on tostadas, sometimes
L: whip up, do, you´ll love it

bea at La tartine gourmande dijo...

Yum, I can imagine all of these combinations so well! And like you, I like to use piquillos!

lindy dijo...

I've been doing bruschetta with the onion jam, too. I can't thank you enough for that recipe. I'm using it up very quickly, even though I made a double batch.

Bron dijo...

oooh I will have to make myself some of your onion jam. It sounds positively divine, and as you say will match with a multitude of different toppings! Yum!
Thanks so much for entering this round of Donna Hay Day!
xxxx B

Barbara dijo...

Thanks for particiapting Iixema. I love both your combinations. I'm a big fan of Onion Jam too.

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