Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Secret Garden Bruschetta
by SuSu and Voort

Growing up with the Dursleys, Harry wanted for many things, but they did keep him nominally clothed and fed, though none of it was anything he would miss. So he was surprised that he never thought to grow something for himself to eat. His aunt and uncle used him as almost slave labor, so he did quite a lot of gardening and crawling around in small spaces to retrieve and fix things, small as he was.

He learned how good a tomato could be, when his new friend Neville showd him hot to grow a single cherry tomato plant in a secluded and sunny corner. Harry also received a little bottle of potion from his friend Ron's mother; she said it was an Italian liqueur called limoncello, and it would put a bit of a lemony kick into drinks and recipes.

This was the dish he cobbled together when his cherry tomato plant bore ripened fruit in his secret garden, behind the garage wall at the Dursley's, and he could cadge a bit of burnt toast. A mere half-dozen of the flavorful berries did him for a full meal; it didn't look like much in the small bowl he mixed it in, but it was so flavorful and satisfying. He reveled in the power to feed himself, and he loved their color, too — so cheerful and bright!

  • 6 ripe cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon limoncello OR lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, like basil, or rosemary, or even parsley
  • Seasalt, to taste
  • Pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 6 small pieces of bread, for toast (or more, depending on the size of the slice)
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the limoncello and olive oil. Chop the cherry tomatoes into eighths and place into the bowl. Chop the herbs and add to the bowl. Season to taste with seasalt and ground pepper. Mix gently to not break up the tomatoes.

Depending on the bread, cut into quarters. The size of the "point" should be 2-3 inches square. Toast or grill till charred and crispy on the surface, but warmed through and still soft in the center. Spoon an eighth of the sauce and tomatoes on each piece of toast. Re-season with salt and pepper if desired.

Serves 6 as a small appetizer.

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