Did you know that there’s a National Toast Day?
Well, there is and it’s today! I can’t think of a better food to celebrate than toast. There have been times when tea and toast have literally been the best things I’ve ever eaten. After the birth of each of my kids the tea and toast I got in the hospital was the most amazing thing I could have eaten. A gourmet meal couldn’t compare! When my car broke down I was sustained by tea and toast in the nearest greasy spoon. There is literally no more comforting food in this world than hot buttered toast accompanied by a cup of tea. I could wax lyrical about toast all day long!
Despite my love for hot buttery toast there are other ways of eating toast that are just as tasty! I love the ubiquitous avocado toast, especially with lashings of chilli jam. However, for National Toast day I thought I would share one of the less well known variations on this most delicious of foods – the Catalan treat that is pa amb tomaquet, otherwise known as bread and tomato!
Pa amb Tomàquet
Pa amb tomaquet is basically bread, usually served toasted and rubbed with tomato and healthy lashings of good olive oil. My favourite pa amb tomàquet is rubbed with garlic before the tomato goes on. It’s a total taste explosiong and is probably the food I enjoyed most when we’ve visited Catalonia. Even better it can be enjoyed as a base for any sandwich you want to make. I love spreading my pa amb tomàquet with avocado or serving it with cheese on top, like pizza but made in moments!
To make the best pa amb tomàquet you need good quality olive oil, good quality bread, and most importantly properly ripe tomatoes! Garlic is optional for your pa amb tomàquet, although in my opinion it’s just not the same without it!
And I know I’ll get laughed at for this but you should remember to slice your tomato the right way round for optimum tomatoeyness!
- Good quality bread, sourdough or similar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt flakes
- 1 very ripe tomato
- 1 clove of garlic (totally optional)
- Slice your bread and toast it until golden either in the toaster on under a grill
- While your bread is toasting peel your clove of garlic (if using) and slice the tomato in half across the middle. You want to make sure that the bit of the tomato that attaches to the vine is not sliced through!
- When your toast is ready rub it with the clove of garlic first (if using). Then rub the toast with the cut side of the tomato so all the lovely flesh gets spread over your toast.
- Sprinkle a little salt over your toast and then drizzle with olive oil.
- It's as simple as that. Now eat and enjoy!
What a perfect celebration of the versatility of toast! It’s nearly as comforting to eat as the hot buttery variety! What’s your favourite way to eat toast and what toppings do you prefer?