Last week, like most Torontonians we ventured to High Park to see the cherry blossoms. It’s something we look forward to each year.
There are about 100 cheery trees planted down a grassy hill on the shores of Grenadier Pond, a gift from the government of Japan. In early spring they blossom with these lovely light pink flowers that only last a few days to a week. They remind us of growing up in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the orchards of cherry trees in blossom- so pretty!
To avoid some of the crowds, we went on a weeknight but as you can see it was still quite busy. We rode our bikes to the park and brought along a simple picnic of wine and bruchetta. We picked a spot right under the blossoms at the top of the hill and enjoyed the natural beauty.
To make our bruchetta bike travel friendly, we put all of the bruchetta topping ingredients (recipe below) into a mason jar and picked up a baguette and some goat cheese from a local bakery. To make the bruchetta, we just gave the mason jar a good shake and placed it on top of the baguette slices with some goat cheese. It was a super simple but very rewarding little snack and went perfectly with the bottle of Sauv Blanc we brought along 😉
Simple Bruchetta Recipe
- 2 large, ripe tomatoes diced
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, diced
- big handful of basil leaves, ripped
- drizzle of good olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 french baguette
- soft goat cheese (optional but tastes awesome)
- Mix tomatoes, garlic, onions,basil, olive oil and salt & pepper
- Serve on sliced baguette (goat cheese optional)