Fidget is in trouble – big time…
One of Trota’s pet hates – how did you guess – is restaurant staff mispronouncing the word ‘bruschetta’: it is properly ‘brusketta’ with a ‘k’ not with a ‘sh’ sound. Fidget had been reminded more than once and Trota assumed that this basic knowledge was well assimilated. But today, just as she was serving up, Fidget mispronounced…and things got tense.
Odd, because it was going particularly well in the cartoon kitchen: Fidget had peeled the garlic and cut the bread; Salmon was dealing (rather precisely, it has to be said) with the tomatoes; and Trota was selecting the best basil leaves. With everyone carefully following the instructions of acclaimed bruschetta master Frankie, what could possibly go wrong?
True, such a simple recipe relies on the very best ingredients, so to make the most flavoursome bruschetta (with a ‘k’) you will need good quality bread (sliced about 1cm thick), beef tomatoes of the ideal ripeness (more than pink, but not yet fully red), garlic, olive oil, dried oregano, fresh basil and a pinch of salt.
Prepare your tomatoes first. Wash and cut (small pieces or slices, your choice). Separately mix some olive oil, garlic (very finely chopped) and a pinch of oregano. Slice the bread, grill until it is just crunchy and rub with a peeled, halved clove of garlic (the garlic will slightly melt). Dip the bread (garlic side down) in the oil mixture, then cover with tomato, sprinkle with salt and decorate with the basil.
Everyone was ready to tuck in when disaster struck: Fidget called it ‘brushetta’ – with a ‘sh’. No, no, no, no, no. Salmon froze and Trota went berserk. And before Fidget could get anywhere near the thing again, he had to pronounce correctly a thousand times…‘brusketta’, ‘brusketta’, ’brusketta’…937, 938, 939, keep going, Fidget…‘brusketta’, ‘brusketta’, ‘brusketta’…
Harsh, but he was rewarded in the end.
So, did Trota mention this? Spelled bruschetta, pronounced ‘brusketta’ (with a ‘k’).