Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bruschetta

I've been studying abroad for the past month and about half of my meals have been provided at school. The place we take classes provides lunch for the Italian students that live there so we have been eating with them. Each meal has bread, a pasta dish, a meat dish, vegetables, and ends with a nice dessert of fruit. This has saved me tons of money, but also fills me up for the rest of the day. For dinners, my roommates and I are not usually that hungry so we have become obsessed with bruschetta (bru-ske-ta). Here's my personal recipe:
fresh bread
basil leaves
garlic
olive oil
balsamic 
onion
tomatoes
salt
pepper
1. In a medium bowl you combine diced tomatoes (2-3 large) and diced white onion (about 1/3-1/2). Add a few tablespoons (2-3) of olive oil and a few dashes of pepper.
2. On the stovetop, toast slices of fresh bread so that they are warm and crisp. Cut a garlic clove in half and rub the garlic directly on the warm toast. 
3. Spoon the tomato mixture onto the bread slices. Add julienned basil leaves.
4. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar onto the bread. Finally, sprinkle sea salt onto the bread and enjoy!

I usually eat this with salami, cheese, cherries (in season and very good here) and a nice glass of wine!

Giada's Lemon Spaghetti

Ciao from Roma! I've spent the past month studying abroad in Rome. I would've posted more but we have lots of issues with internet. One of the main reasons I chose Italy was because of my love of Italian food. It is one of my favorite foods to cook and eat and I knew that I would get a lot of out of living here for an extended period of time. I am living in a four person apartment with a closet kitchen (I will post photos later). We have a mini-fridge, sink, and stove-top. So far I've really missed baking, but I've had a great time perfecting my pasta. Some days here have been very hot and one day I came back starving, but wanting a light meal so I decided to make Giada's Lemon Spaghetti. The ingredients are simple: pasta, olive oil, parmesan, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper, and basil. After spending a few weeks here these were ingredients that were always in my kitchen. The lemons here are huge so I ended up adding a bit more than the recipe called for. I also added some breaded chicken to get a little bit of protein. It's a great summer pasta and something I've had several times since I've been here!
                   
Lemons in Pompeii!