Friday, 27 February 2015

Easy Does It!

Bruschette con Crema di Avocado, Ricotta & Crescione & Ciliegini
Bruschetta with Cream of Avocado, Ricotta & Cress & Cherry Tomatoes


Home from work with a pit-stop at the supermarket this evening and couldn't help seeing the sign saying "ripe avocados!" - especially as I was tired, not in the mood to cook (!!) and feeling that some kind of snack would be just fine.

So I just put two and two together and came up with an idea for supper! In fact- 4 slices worth! And I know you can only see 3 in the photos... that is because I couldn't resist munching one down as soon as it was ready!


Ok- to call these "bruschette" is actually cheating a little, as these were pre-toasted and store bought, Italian crisp breads- but you all know how to toast bread- right? Haha!

What I did actually make, was the avocado topping- a kind-of guacamole with ricotta, watercress and thyme added. it was quick, easy and you are going to love it!


1 avocado, 1 pot of cress, 2 tablespoons of ricotta, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh cilantro & thyme... those were the ingredients for the avocado topping. The cherry tomatoes added some fruity freshness, contrast and color... and the result was simply delightful!


All I will say is that if this is not absolutely perfect for every kind of party or snack situation- well, frankly I don't know what is! So much flavor and yet so light and refreshing- and served up this way, just as pretty as a picture as well!

Take a look at this picture- it shows a good deal of the really hard work involved in making this... that's right! There isn't much!

Just slice up the cherry tomatoes, cut the cress down and score the avocado, ready to pop out those little cubes. Very, very easy.


Next scoop 2 tablespoons of ricotta into a bowl, add the juice of half a lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and a good pinch each of the plucked thyme leaves and the finely chopped cilantro. About 1 tablespoon of each. Stir these thoroughly together before adding the other ingredients.


Add the diced avocado and half of the cress and gently stir everything together.


Once everything is nicely blended, allow to sit for 5-6 minutes and then have a little taste to see if you need to add seasoning, juice or oil... but otherwise- now you are good to go!


As you can see, with these narrow strips of crusty bread, it was nice to add the topping just a teaspoonful at a time with a slice of cherry tomato in between... so just have fun! but do make sure to add some tomato- the contrast in flavor is as important as the contrast in color.


Add a last touch of salt, pepper and olive oil, scatter with a little more cress for added freshness and color- and simply enjoy this simple snack... because it may indeed be simple- but it is also simply good!

Almost makes you wish it wasn't still freezing cold and pouring with rain outside, right? Ah, whatever! These will add a little sunshine to the darkest and dullest of Winter days! Make them anyway- and enjoy!


With snacks as tasty as this- I don't feel bad about being lazy and not cooking! And neither will you!

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