As you may have heard on the news (or noticed by looking out the window!), the UK is currently enjoying typical balmy springtime weather. Not. Belfast is currently being blown away by crazy winds and hiding under a foot or two of snow – which mightn’t sound too awful, but almost all our electricity sources are above ground, and the aforementionned crazy winds are playing havoc with our lecky system and a lot of the city is without power.
My dad and I were lucky enough to have the day off work yesterday, and my mum was even luckier to have been granted a snow day, so the whole fam were enjoying the day being snuggled up under copious blankets and drinking countless cups of tea. I was feeling very lazy and, come lunchtime, felt an assembly-job, rather than a gourmet meal, was in order. So I produced this little belter, which is just continental enough to make Belfastian unfortunates who are also snowed into their domiciles feel better. Close your eyes, take a bite and think of Sicilian sun. Aaaah, much better!
Serves three hungry hermits
- One bake-at-home ciabatta loaf
- 2-3 tbsp basil pesto
- 6 slices Italian ham (I used prosciutto but choose what you like)
- 2 salad tomatoes
- 1 ball mozzarella
1. Bake your loaf according to the instructions on the packet and leave to cool slightly. Preheat the grill to 200⁰C while you assemble your bruschetta.
2. Slice the bread in six and set flat. Spread the pesto on each slice, then pop on the ham. Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella and top the bread with them, with the cheese on top.
3. Place the slices on a baking sheet and grill for 5mins or so, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
4. Munch away and think of summer.