Saturday, September 24, 2016

Roasted Garlic and Tomato Bruschetta -- Easy!

Hello, everybody! The Fresh Pioneer is back and we've done a lot of cooking, but nothing really fancy. My seven year old is still making bread about every other day. YUM. But I have to reign myself in because I want to simply eat fresh bread and real butter ALL DAY LONG.
 Happy boy with his first loaf.
 He's been working his way through this book. So much fun!
 It's pumpkin bread time!! You can find that recipe here. 
 I was picking tomatoes in the garden and wondering how I would ever find more time to can them with our busy week, when my neighbor called me over and offered a bag of delicious Galas. Yes, Please! I asked her if she wanted tomatoes, and she admitted that she was hoping for a few bags. Even better! So, I made a tarte tatin (recipe here), and some simply apple pies in ramekins.
 I'm terrible at crusts but my second oldest daughter is a natural. *whew*
 I just love our heirloom tomatoes. They make everything more interesting! Oh, and a pumpkin.
 So, I cut some of the bread into slices. This was maybe the fourth batch, and it was a learning experience, as in.... he forgot the salt. I had to laughed because I've done that! The bread looks SO GOOD, the house smells incredible and... yuck. But I hate to waste anything, so we decided to doctor it with some roasted garlic and tomatoes.
 I love these. I'm not sure what they're called but they're purple green stripey.
 So, cut lots of tomatoes and put them on a cookies sheet. Drizzle with oil and add some sea salt and pepper.
 Throw in some garlic, unpeeled.
 At this point my husband came in with some grapes. These are SO delicious, but they make me sad because we usually get about 150 lbs and this year, this was about half our crop. But we're still grateful for what we got and are looking forward to next year!
 About 20 minutes in a 400F oven. Poke the garlic to make sure it's soft.
 Peel and put in a bowl to mash.
 Mash it up a little. Taste to see if it needs more salt. Don't make a paste, just a chunky sort of roasted salsa.
 Mash the garlic.
 We also roasted some fish because I need PROTEIN. I cannot live on tomatoes and bread, as much as I'd love to.
 Oldest's plate: fish with roasted tomatoes, salad, and fresh tomatoes.
 Spread the garlic on the bread (lightly toasted after slicing).
 Doesn't look so pretty and the pics are fuzzy because I steamed the lens and then kept taking pictures. LOL
 MMMM. Bruschetta with roasted garlic and tomatoes.
I drizzled some of the olive oil and sea salt juice on the bread. It was nicely toasted so it held up under the assault of more juice. Then I added a few shreds of fresh basil.

That's all for now and I hope you're enjoying the change into Fall! It's COLD at night and I've had to bring out my little red writing blanket and wooly socks. Be sure to stop by my facebook pages:Mary Jane Hathaway or Virginia Carmichael where I talked about Jane Austen and all these historical. (Okay, and food. I like to talk about food.)

Until next time!


  1. I've been traveling this week, so I've missed a bunch of posts, but I love this, Mary Jane!

    Bruschetta is amazingly good, and I've had it multiple ways, which simply means I love good bread! I refuse to make bread the enemy... But I appreciated the roasted fish, too!

    Delightful to see these pics, and I always enjoy seeing what the kids are up to. I love being surrounded by young people. It sets my day off to the best start ever.

    1. I love being around kids, too! I do miss babies, so I have to convince friends to bring over their really little kids so we can have that squishy baby love!!

  2. Oh, I'm so sad about the grapes. :(

    But the tomatoes...ahhhhh. I keep buying way more of them from the farmer's market than we can possibly use.

    I don't know if it's the same, but we have a deep purple striped one that they call Cherokee purple.

    1. Oh, that might be it!

      And thank you for the condolences. It's weird how sad that made me when I saw they had contracted some kind of mold/dusky fungus issue. When we bought the house, the vines had been there for 25 years or so, but died out right before we moved in because nobody watered them through the hottest months of the summer. It took close to ten years to get them back. And for the past 5-6 years we've had incredible crops. We usually just put out the word that they're ripe and people come to pick as many as they want.
      This year, people were calling and I had to break the bad news over an over!! Tragedy... But next year I hope will be different. :)

  3. Oooh, yummy! That's looks beautiful and tasty! And your son is so cute. Man, I wish one of my kids would make bread for me!

    1. My two oldest make bread pretty often so I think it's a case of "monkey see, monkey do"... But at this point I'm wishing he'd make it a little less often! LOL. I'll have to take up running or something if I'm not careful.

  4. Every single picture is mouth-watering good! And it's so great that you're getting so much food from your garden.

    And yes, this me. Green with envy. :)

    And your bread baker is doing a great job. He can make bread for me any time!

    1. We just ran out of butter so he'll have to pause on the bread making until we get some more. Fresh bread is just not the same without real butter!

      And I love our garden. We're so blessed here in the middle of farm land.