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Tuesday 1st August 2006

Hay Hay it’s Donna Day #4 Round Up - Brilliant Bruschetta

Wow!! What a lot of Brilliant Bruschetta!

I’ve been so thrilled with the response to my first attempt at hosting a Food Blog Event, the much loved . Not only have the number of entries taken me by surprise, but the quality and quantity of bruschetta and crostini within every entry! You really took my suggested theme on board!

What a gorgeous and stunning selection of sweet and savoury toppings I’ve seen over the last few days, each and every one a sight to behold. Thank you all so much!

So without further ado, please feast your eyes below on the …

2006 Food Blogging Collection of the World’s Most Brilliant Bruschetta!!

Culinary Concoctions by Peabody The first Brilliant Bruschetta to arrive in my inbox was Peabody’s contribution. Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Peabody ‘concocted’ and posted two deliciously colourful and textured bruschetta, Drunken Melon and Raspberry Bruschetta with Chive Scented Cream Cheese and Marinated Cauliflower, Celery and Red Onion Bruschetta on her blog Culinary Concoctions by Peabody.

Tami Running with Tweezers Tami from Altanta, Georgia, with her blog Running with Tweezers wooed us with her romantic duo of Smoked Salmon, Fennel, and Goat Cheese Bruschetta and Bruschetta with Honey Ricotta and Strawberries. Both of Tami’s Bruschetta scream bubbles and love to me, and I’m sure they would make a perfect combination for a champagne breakfast.

Dolores Chronicles in Culinary CuriosityThe next Brilliant Bruschetta email to arrive was from Dolores at Chronicles in Culinary Curiosity Dolores is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and themes her bruschetta on a refreshing “Sushi-Style” with a smoked salmon, meyer lemon crème fraîche and avocado bruschetta and a spicy tuna sashimi salad, crème fraîche and ikura bruschetta.

Stephanie Dispensing HappinessStephanie from Dispensing Happiness in “mucky hot humid” Tennessee, went all out offering 4 brilliant bruschetta 2 savoury, 2 sweet! Keeping us happy the whole day through with a brunch bruschetta of Avocado, Creamy Scrambled Eggs, and a Smoked Salmon A Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Bruschetta - and to satisfy our sweet tooth, a Nutella and Hazelnut version, and a Chocolate-Peanut Butter bruschetta!

Barbara Winos and FoodiesBarbara, the founder of this popular ‘Hay Hay it’s Donna Day’ event, from Winos and Foodies lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where the weather is considerably cooler. Barbara made two gorgeous bruschetta combinations to tempt us with: Pear and Bacon, and Zucchini and Feta!

Little M GustosoEmma from Brisbane Australia, also affectionately known as Little M made HHDD#4 her food blogging event debut on her new blog Gustoso. Little M made two totally tempting and brilliant bruschetta Caprese Bruschetta with buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomato and basil and an Olivade Bruschetta, tapenade without capers or anchovies and roasted capsicum strips.

Josh The Day of the Expanding Man Josh from Malyern, Victoria in Australia and fellow food blogging event first timer, made his event debut on The Day of the Expanding Man with ’The Ricotta Stud’, a scrummy breakfast bruschetta with a ricotta, sour cream, pistachio, muscatel mixture topped with crushed pistachio praline and Bruschetta alla Romana e Genovese with pesto and artichokes.

Amanda What We're Eating Amanda and her sidekick Tyler from San Diego, California were inspired to participate and share the brilliant bruschetta they were eating on What We’re Eating. Amanda made two absolutely delicious and exquisite looking bruschetta Serrano Ham and Kiwi Bruschetta, and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta.

Daniela Calme et CacaoDaniela from Salerno in Italy is currently living in Paris. On her blog Calme et Cacao she shared more Brilliant Bruschetta, with toppings of caramelized tomatoes on pecorino cheese and Bruschetta with Edamame, Cherry Tomatoes and Parmigiano.

Sam Becks n PoshSam wowed us all by blogging 24 hours on Becks n Posh, running with the San Francisco “Food Runners” delivering food to the homeless, spending a whole night on the town, visiting a Farmers Market and also managed to produce 3 different Crostini: French Butter, Radish and fleur de sel de Geurand salt Crostini ~ Peach with Sea Bean and Almond Crostini and her favourite - Marinated Courgette Ribbons with lemon, olives, feta and mint! I hope you have been able to catch up on some sleep Sam?! Great job in raising over US$ 2,500 for the San Francisco “Food Runners”!!

Paul EatNZ Paul from eatnz is just down the road (about 50 kilometers) from me here in Canterbury, Mainland New Zealand in the ‘Garden City’, Christchurch. He produced two rather scrummy looking Bruschetta - a savoury Malaysian Inspired Whitebait Bruschetta and a sweeter Strawberry, Kiwifruit and Mint Salsa on Fruit Bread Bruschetta.

Anni Life is a Banquet Anni from North Bay Area in Northern California at Life Is a Banquet contributed an amazing 5 delicious combinations Bruschetta with Smoked Sardines and Toscana Bean Salad ~ Gorgonzola, Carmelized Onions and Fig Crostini ~ Boquerones en Pan Tostada ~ Figue and Provençal Tapenade Crostini ~ Pickled Herring Rollmops on Black Bread.

Haalo Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything at Least Once across the Tasman from me in Melbourne, Australia shared a gorgeous ‘pairing’, a sweet Pear, Almond and Ricotta Bruschetta and a savoury Mixed Mushroom & Goat Cheese Bruschetta.

Ximena Lobstersquad Ximena is from Madrid in Spain and her Lobstersquad food blog has one point of difference, she doesn’t take photos! Instead she includes the most delightful drawings on her blog and a wonderful descriptive post for her contribution of Goat cheese and onion jam bruschetta and tosta de piquillos y ventresca, ‘tosta’ being the Spanish version of bruschetta.

Jennifer Taste Everything Once Jennifer in Spokane, Washington blogs on Taste Everything Once where she shared the most luscious looking sweet styled bruschetta with Ricotta, Black Mission Figs and Honey.

Andrew SpittoonExtraAndrew from Henley-on-Thames in the greater London area blogs on SpittoonExtra, where he contributed two bruschetta beauties, one topped with nectarine, mascarpone and prosciutto. The other mozzarella coupled with half a cherry tomato and a little herbed ricotta. Naturally Andrew matched this bruschetta with a little vino.

Bea La tartine gourmandeBéa lives in Boston, and her gorgeous blog La tartine gourmande delights us with four Brilliant Bruschetta, which are more affectionately known to Béa as ‘Tartines’. Broiled Eggplant with Baked Tomatoes on a Bed of Ricotta Cheese ~ Piquillo Pepper and Avocado Slices on a Bed of Ricotta Cheese ~ Marinated Fennel with Radishes, with a Slice of Piquillo Pepper ~ Bruschetta with Pink Lady Apple and Blueberries.

Lara Cookbook 411 Lara is also in Seattle, Washington state. With her fabulous photo blog Cookbook 411, Lara sneaked in at the last minute with a superb offering of Fava, Olive & Anchovy Bruschetta.


Emma - The Laughing Gastronome Emma another fellow Kiwi in Wellington, New Zealand has been away on hoilday (lucky sod!) and unfortunately missed the end date for HHDD#4. However Emma still contributed her take on Crostini on her blog The Laughing Gastronome tempting us not only with 4 different toppings, but 4 ways to flavour the crostini bread itself. Plain with Peppered Mackerel, Garlic with Onion Jam, Black olives and a bit of anchovy, Mushroom with a feta and yoghurt paste and a little truffle oil and finally a spiced version topped with a kumara tahini mash.

Wow!! Aren’t they all just too fantastic?!! Hmmm - how to select a winner…

Luckily I don’t have to, because that’s your job! I’m not sure if you are all up on the “regular routine” of the Hay Hay it’s Donna Day Event, but normally the person who hosts the event was the winner of the previous round. However, I am the first ever exception to this rule, as I was not the winner of round #3. I simply stepped up to the plate, when Round #3* unfortunately dragged on, eventually concluding without a roundup or vote.

With this in mind we now must decide the host of round #5 and for that we need your help in picking a winner! So please vote for your favourite bruschetta entry in the poll below. Voting has closed 5pm Friday the 11th of August New Zealand Standard time.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and helped make this such a wonderful and successful event, and my very special thanks again to Barbara, the driving force behind this wonderful event.

UPDATE: See Barbara’s post on meeting up with Donna Hay at The Food Show in Auckland, *and a mini roundup of HHDD #3!

Thanks again everyone

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  1. […] Bron has now posted the round-up and the voting for Brilliant Bruscetta has begun (voting closes 5pm  11th August New Zealand Time) - If you want to vote, just click HERE FOR THE ROUND-UP to read Bron’s wonderful roundup and see all the entries from around the globe in HHDD#4. […]

    Brilliant Bruschetta - HHDD#4 at eatnz — Tuesday 1st August 2006 11:58 pm

  2. I guess this is the first one of the HHIDD events I’ve read the round up on. Didn’t know I’d be voting. So I hope I can go read the rest of these and come back and vote.
    Some I read regularly, the new ones I’ll check out.
    It really is impressive.

    Tanna — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 12:00 am

  3. Bron,
    Congrats on the round-up. Fabulous job. How is you can even make other peoples photos look good!!

    Paul — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 12:10 am

  4. Great round-up Bron. Thanks so much! This was fun! Et vive les tartines !

    Bea at La Tartine Gourmande — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 12:59 am

  5. Um … I’ll take one of each please. You can send to Cream Puff at 123 Cream Puff Street in Cream Puff City in the country of Cream Puff.

    I’ll be waiting …

    Ivonne — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 1:43 am

  6. Excellent round up Bron. I’ll spend today reading (and drooling) and cast my vote.

    barbara — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 9:05 am

  7. What a great round up. I can’t focus, I’m too excited, so many offerings!

    Josh — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 12:29 pm

  8. Hi Bron,

    Fantastic job w/ compiling all the bruschetta entries… I’m wiping the dribble off my keyboard as I write this!!


    Bruno — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 3:13 pm

  9. All of these look great! A bruschetta round up was a great idea. I’m just getting to know your blog and I love it! Hopefully I can participate next time around!

    Megan — Wednesday 2nd August 2006 8:54 pm

  10. Thanks for much for hosting and for the beautiful round-up. :)

    tami — Thursday 3rd August 2006 6:30 am

  11. Dammit! I read the deadline was the 11th August - I even have my entry ready . . .

    What wonderful entries and a great round up!

    Emma — Friday 4th August 2006 11:01 am

  12. Thank you all so much, there’s so many clever and scrummy ideas here.
    I for one will never be short on bruschetta ideas again, that’s for sure!
    Thanks again!

    bron — Sunday 6th August 2006 5:50 pm

  13. Thanks for including me!

    Emma — Monday 7th August 2006 2:43 pm

  14. […] If you haven’t already done so, please take some time to look at all the Brilliant Bruschetta and Crostini entries. Then come back and vote for your favourite in the poll below and help us decide who will be the lucky host for round #5. […]

    Hay Hay it’s Donna Day #4 Voting closes today — Friday 11th August 2006 3:54 pm

  15. hey, my name is Deb, I am a Brit but I live in Los Angeles. I am having a Donna Hay party on Sept 4th, and will be making dishes from Donnas’ many brilliant books.

    I am not sure what drinks to serve, I am keeping the wine to Australian , thats easy, but I am not sure of really good Australian, NZ cocktails? What do you drink out there, any ideas, I would be really grateful for any help.

    The photographs on your blog are fabulous, by the way, what camera do you use??? My friend has a food blog, and she is trying to get the pics better quality.

    deb — Friday 25th August 2006 10:24 am

  16. Hi Deb,
    Hope your party goes well on the 4th!
    Donna Hay often has several cocktail ideas towards the back of her magazine, last Christmas she featured a ‘Donnatini’ which sounds appropriate for a “Donna Hay Party” to me!
    Hope this helps


    150ml (4 and 3/4 fl oz) vodka
    30ml (1 fl oz) dry vermouth
    5ml (1 teaspoon) blue curacao
    ice cubes
    2 lemon twists to serve

    Pour Vodka, vermouth and blue curacao into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake to chill. Strain into chilled martini glasses and place a lemon twist in each glass to serve. Makes 2

    bron — Friday 1st September 2006 12:30 pm

  17. […] Thanks to Tami from Running with Tweezers for hosting this round of HHDD. She got to host because she won HHDD#4 -Brilliant Bruscetta by a landslide vote for her fabulous Smoked Salmon, Fennel and goats cheese toast. Thanks also to Barbara at Wino’s and Foodies, because this was all her brilliant idea in the first place. […]

    Savory Tart - HHDD#5 at eatnz — Sunday 10th September 2006 2:00 am

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