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How To Trick People Into Thinking You Know How To Cook

Make Bruschetta Without Actually Cooking

Food. I love food. My love for food goes way back to when I was little kid. When I was about 6 years old my parents and I always went to the same sushi restaurant for years, at least twice a month. My mom isn’t so daring when it comes to sushi, but my dad was. He loved ordering octopus, which I thought looked super cool. When he wasn’t looking I actually stole it off his plate and ate it; I loved it. I still order it to this day.

On another occasion I remember seeing a family come into the same sushi restaurant and the kids came in with happy meals from McDonalds. I asked my parents why on earth would they want that when they could have sushi! My parents had to explain that not all kids are as weird as me. Obviously they put this in much kinder terms. Today I still like trying “weird” stuff, I grew up being told “You don’t know if you like it unless you try it”, so I’ve always been willing to give any food a chance. *Disclaimer here, if it looks sketchy or unsafe it’s probably best to avoid it. I have a fear of food poisoning so I’m not completely crazy.

Finding Time For Cooking

Fresh Baked Bread from  
Les Halles de Pau - Republic Square
Fresh Bread from
Les Halles de Pau – Republic Square

However, when it comes to cooking food myself, I play it a bit safe and tend to lean towards easier dishes. If you put raw octopus in front of me I would have no idea how to cook it, although being an adventurous chef is a goal of mine. When I was living in Norway and running my salon on a daily basis I felt I never had the time or energy to cook a gourmet meal. Take away pizza and things that come with instructions on the package are my guilty go-to options. Now I’m in a position to play housewife and can really get into cooking like I have always wanted. I don’t think you’ll be seeing me on Master Chef anytime soon, though.

Get Creative with the Ingredients You Have

So, what do you do when you’ve moved and have none of your spices, cooking tools, and other various kitchen gear you’ve accumulated through hoarding? You start simple! Slowly but surely we will get our spice collection built up and purchase things as we go but for now I’ll share with you my latest guilty pleasure.

Fresh Baguette from my neighborhood Boulangerie
Fresh Baguette from my neighborhood Boulangerie

My mom gave me this idea one day when I rang her up to whine about having no creativity in me for that evening’s meal. I mentioned a few ingredients I had on hand and she said, “Well… make bruschetta!” Bruschetta; so simple and full of flavor. Honestly, I wish I had gotten into making this sooner. It is the perfect appetizer while waiting on dinner or to just eat a whole plate of because you’re an adult and you can do what you want.

Making Bruschetta

Fresh & Easy to find ingredients - Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Tomato, Basil, and Garlic
Fresh & Easy to find ingredients

                When I make bruschetta I don’t use measurements, I take a spoonful and sample as I go, adding the ingredients my mom suggested and sometimes adding my own. Tomatoes, garlic, basil and a baguette are really all you need. I like to drizzle a little olive oil on my baguette and toast it in the oven. For the bruschetta I just finely chop the ingredients and mix together, sometimes I add a little olive oil, salt and pepper to add more flavor. Once my taste buds are satisfied I either set aside the bruschetta in the fridge until we’re ready to eat it or just pile it straight onto the bread. I do prefer to make it earlier in the day to let the flavors really mix together, and then toast the bread just before serving.

Fresh Easy & Delicious Bruschetta
Easy & Delicious Bruschetta

                When Steffen gets home from a long day at work and I have a plate of bruschetta ready and waiting for him I see him instantly perk up. When they say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, they were on to something. Sometimes you don’t need a big fancy meal to feel proud of your cooking, just a few fresh and flavorful ingredients will trick people into thinking you’ve really figured out adulting. Stay tuned to learn how to be a grown up with me.

xx

Trine Nicole

Bruschetta Recipe
This makes about 2 cups of bruschetta
1 clove of garlic (2 if you’re feeling wild)
2 medium tomatoes
Handful of basil leaves (depends on how much you like basil)
Salt & pepper to taste
1 baguette, sliced however you like
1 tbsp. of olive oil

Chop and combine all ingredients into a bowl, let sit in the
fridge or dig in right away. Drizzle olive oil onto bread and
bake in the oven at 200°C for about 10 minutes or until golden and delicious looking. Enjoy!
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