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24 Jul, 2012

It’s guest post week! Today it’s about some yummy summer tomato toasts

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Guest postings


Hello Fishies! It’s guest post week here at the Fishbowl! Please take a moment to say hello to our authors!

Today’s post is by Giulia Doyle who blogs at Fishly News. She’s an Ottawa gal too! (You ever wonder what’s with all the fish around here?) Her blog is so pretty. There is much eye-candy to be found there, and I often think I may have found a kindred spirit in Giulia (food! collecting! ALL THE PRETTY!). You can follow her adventures on Twitter too. Thank you Giulia for sharing your words here today.

I’m very pleased to be joining Andrea today at the Fishbowl while she is out glamping with her family. While I write my little diary over at FishlyNews, Andrea and I are in no way related. I might also be writing about renovations (on a much smaller scale), home decor (finding that perfect sink), Ottawa (yes, we do live in the same city), our two kids (I have a girl and a boy), husbands (mine is great – I’m sure Mark is as well), pet (we have a cat) and food (we both love it), but all of this is just coincidence.

Today I’ll share a little food, because most of us like to eat it and most of us like a super simple recipe. Our tomatoes are coming along and the heat allows us to eat outside, so this take on a tomato bruchetta is the perfect little meal or appetizer. I’ve been making these for 15 years now and always got rave reviews and empty platters.


  • Cream Cheese
  • Basil
  • Lemon
  • Tomatoes
  • Baguette
  • Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper

How to:

  1. Turn your oven to broil (or your BBQ on high heat if you don’t want to heat up the house)
  2. Cut your bread into slices and place on a cookie sheet. Slightly toast your bread in warming oven (don’t leave it in too long, you just want to golden the edges)
  3. While bread is toasting, mix some of your cream cheese with a generous squirt of lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
  4. Cut your basil into small slivers and mix it into the cream cheese. Cut your tomatoes into cubes.
  5. Take out bread and flip all the pieces, toasted side facing down.
  6. Spread bread with a generous amount of cream cheese/basil spread.
  7. Put slices back in the oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese slightly melts. Take them out and top with tomato pieces, add a bit of salt and pepper if you wish and a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Try not to eat them all.

Thanks for having me today Andrea.

5 Responses to "It’s guest post week! Today it’s about some yummy summer tomato toasts"

1 | Alina M.

July 24th, 2012 at 1:26 pm


This sounds like a very tasty appetizer. I assume it has to be eaten immediately, right? Thank you for this great idea!

2 | Giulia

July 24th, 2012 at 2:04 pm


Thanks for having me Andrea and
Yes, Alina, they taste best when warm, however, we’ve had them around when cooled to room temperature and they were yummy as well.

3 | Car camping at Lake St. Peter, a great campground near Bancroft. >> a peek inside the fishbowl

July 30th, 2012 at 8:49 am


[…] of all I wanted to send out a big thank you to my three guest bloggers this week: Hollie, Giulia, and Alan for holding down the fort while we were away. I hope you took the time to read their […]

4 | BD Williams

September 9th, 2012 at 5:32 pm


I know what I’m snacking on tonight!

5 | mubuku-hashamen.com

November 23rd, 2015 at 7:32 am


What’s up, just wanted to say, I liked this article.
It was funny. Keep on posting!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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