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Oven-Crisped Bread with Tomato and Fresh Basil
Oven-Crisped Bread with Tomato and Fresh Basil

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Challenge: Recipe (Food) IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Location: Halifax, NS
Date: Jul 27, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2011

6 slices thickly-cut bread, preferably Italian
450g fresh tomatoes
50g fresh basil
150 ml olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a low oven, toast the bread until each slice is completely dry and crisp.
Roughly dice the tomatoes (there is no need to peel them), and finely chop the basil.
Add the basil, olive oil and seasoning to the tomatoes.
Spoon on top of the bread slices and serve immediately. (The bread should still be slightly warm)

[post challenge]
Thanks everyone for the votes and comments. Yes I know that most people know this as bruschetta, but I used the name that was in cook book the recepie came from.

Place: 17 out of 41
Avg (all users): 5.9695
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 5.5200
Avg (non-participants): 6.0755
Views since voting: 767
Views during voting: 254
Votes: 131
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/08/2011 09:51:50 AM
I've been meaning to try something like this for a while. Maybe I will do it now. This looks good!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2011 09:29:36 AM
I'm really getting hungry rating these. Can I have the recipe?
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08/02/2011 11:22:10 PM
Makes me hungry! Toast in the background is a bit too bright for my taste.
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08/02/2011 05:07:13 PM
Oh I love that stuff. Yum. Some diffusion on the lighting would have made this better. Otherwise nicely done. I debated on whether the plate worked or not but, decided it worked just fine. I even like the little bread crumbs on the plate.
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08/02/2011 02:39:31 PM
This looks like it may be my most favorite recipe in the challenge.
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08/02/2011 11:43:45 AM
The food and the presentation looks good. There is just some uneven lighting across the photo. A little too dark on the right. I think the use of a reflector might take care of that for you next time.
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08/01/2011 11:50:51 AM
Excellent lighting and DOF.
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07/30/2011 04:56:16 AM
cool..... I have this all the time just add a bit of onion and perfect
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07/29/2011 03:41:16 PM
Love eating food like this. Fresh and clean. I think your plate is a bit overkill with color and pattern. Draws away from the colors on your food.
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07/29/2011 03:34:07 PM
I love the use of a painted plate, with colors found in the tomato basil.
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07/29/2011 03:10:13 PM
ooooh! I love bruschetta! The lighting seems a little harsh (the highlights on the basil are a tad bright), and the plate is very busy. A simpler background may have served you a little better. It did make my mouth water, though...
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07/29/2011 01:58:44 PM
I think the vivid colors of the plate steal the drama from the food. A simpler plate or even a cutting board would have made the bruschetta the soloist, while here it seems to be playing a duette.
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07/29/2011 12:03:48 PM
mmmm, yum 10
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07/29/2011 10:07:05 AM
Coming back to leave comments now. Lovely presentation of this tasty appetizer. Love the design on the plate for it adds a nod to this being an italian recipe. Lighting on the subject is lovely and the colors really pop. My critiques are small but I feel it would have made this even more mouthwatering. The bread looks a little too dry and toasty - visually it makes me want to reach out for the bottle of olive oil that I am sure that is just out of sight of the composition. Don't get me wrong a good crisp crunchy bread is good but with a dash of olive oil when toasted or after will make it taste divine. It may have had that olive oil added to the bread but don't 'see' any evidence of that - if that is the case then pulling back a bit to include an attractive bottle of olive and maybe a pepper shaker in the background bokeh style would have added some punch to the shot. The other critique is that the basil doesn't look 100% tip top fresh - the edges of the cut basil look bruised with the deeper green edges - it looks like it has had time to sit and either absorb the juices from the tomatoes or it shows the bruising after x amount of time after cutting. It is still fresh but just not '30 seconds straight out from the kitchen prepared fresh'. Still a simple, tasty, and well presented snack that garners an 8.
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07/29/2011 09:22:43 AM
YUMM My basil plants go wild every summer but with this heat wave, I have to water them twice a day. Isn't your dish called bruscetta? Whatever, it sure does make me hungry.
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07/29/2011 01:07:37 AM
Looks quite appealing. Yum!
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07/29/2011 12:11:59 AM
Isn't this a bruschetta?
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07/29/2011 12:05:23 AM
Yummy, Bruschetta!
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