I was recently commissioned to create this custom quote and recipe illustration and it was such a fun project! The quote is by author Nick Harkaway from his book The Gone-Away World. It reads:
“I need bruschetta (that’s “broo-SKET-uh,” not “brushetter,” a slender piece of ciabatta toasted and brushed with garlic and oil and covered in fresh tomato and basil– the chunks inevitably fall off the bread and the olive oil runs over your lips and down your chin. The whole thing is delicious, deeply physical and delightfully undignified, and a woman who can eat a real bruschetta is a woman you can love and who can love you. Someone who pushes the thing away because it’s messy is never going to cackle at you toothlessly across the living room of your retirement cottage or drag you back from your sixth heart attack by sheer furious affection. Never happen. You need a woman who isn’t afraid of a faceful of olive oil for that)”.
Basic bruschetta is simply a salsa of diced tomatoes, minced garlic, basil and olive oil. Spoon onto toasted baguette slices and sprinkle with salt. If you want to mix things up a little, try my recipe for Watermelon Bruschetta.