We just made it back from vacation, our two week trip to Italy! I’ll be posting photos from the trip on the blog soon. We’re back home, unpacked, laundry done, and trying to combat jetlag, but failing pretty hard. For instance, I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I also meant to take a 30 minute nap that turned into a 2 hour nap. Any tips on fighting jet lag?
In Italy, our favorite snack and meal accompaniment was always either bruschetta or Caprese salad. Eating the delicious fresh “bufala” mozzarella (made from Italian water buffalo milk!) with fresh tomatoes, and sometimes basil and mixed greens or arugula made us feel so much better about downing multiple plates of pasta and pizza. Caprese salad is our new go-to summer food.
My mom’s birthday is the 4th of July, so we always made a big deal about it, growing up. We’d hop in my dad’s truck with various desserts and snacks and drive to this parking lot my mom knew about. We’d meet up with our family friends and play parking lot volleyball, eat peach pie with ice cream and Jello American flag cake (or cheesecake, or regular cake – whichever variation my mom found appealing that year), sing Happy Birthday and then settle in to watch the budget firework show of our tiny hometown – which was always so exciting and amazing and over so quickly!
She’s out of town this year, and the last few years we’ve been travelling on the 4th of July, or just coming back from a trip. So I decided to make this pretty , sweet, fresh version of bruschetta/Caprese that also reminds me of the peach pie I always loved to eat on the 4th.
This dessert bruschetta is so summery and bright and fresh. The strong flavor and mushy texture of the grilled peaches are complemented by the firm fresh strawberries and basil. Feel free to use a grill pan, like I did, because, like the unfortunate apartment dweller I am, I don’t actually own a grill. Top the bruschetta with honey, reduced balsamic vinegar, or, as suggested in the recipe below, the leftover champagne syrup from the peaches.