My dad was in town for a week of ballet, baseball, jazz, and edgy downtown sketch comedy. Spot the odd one out.
â€œIâ€™ve written an, um, interesting sketch,â€ I warned him. â€œIâ€™m still quite new at this. Iâ€™m pushing the boundaries of what I write and seeing how it ends up. Itâ€™s kinda experimental.â€
â€œHow much nudity?â€ he sighed.
A lot, as it turned out. Which is now pretty much par for the course with my parents. I suppose the first time they gathered on the sofa to proudly watch Mile High it might have come as surprise to them to see a sex scene, penned by their daughter, involving a couple getting frisky on top of a drinks trolley. Now? They barely blink.
We sat on the balcony and drank white wine. I made avocado toasts. I think this helped.
(For those of you not easily offended, the sketch can be found here.)
Bruschetta is perfect too hot to really cook picking at food with drinks. I make a big tray of them, add a huge green salad and call it dinner.
I used to use ficelle or the thinnest baguette I could find at Amyâ€™s Bread, because I liked the symmetry and bite-sized-ness of the little rounds. This summer, I apparently donâ€™t care about that so much. Iâ€™m using rosemary boule or whatever bread looks good regardless of shape, and slicing into irregular soldiers.
This, plus the fact that having hated lilies for years and years, Iâ€™ve now started to like them, is pleasant evidence that my tastes continue to evolve and change.
Anyway, you slice up bread into fat soldiers (slices, if youâ€™re American), drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and bake at 450f for about 10 mins until they are just browning.
Then top with:
Mush 1 avocado with a pinch of salt and the juice ofÂ half a lime (at least, taste and add more if necessary)
Blend a handful of tomatoes with a pinch of salt and a good glug of olive oil to make a paste
Blend 2 handfuls of basil with a small handful of parmesan and pine nuts, 1 small clove of garlic, a pinch of salt and pepper, and enough light olive oil to make a thick paste
Ricotta and peppers
Buy fresh ricotta and a jar of roasted peppers. Slice the peppers and top the ricotta, squirt with lemon and grind over some black pepper.