Toaster Bruschetta

Got unexpected guests? No time or patience to cook? Simply toast bread and pile high with your favorite pantry staples. You can use bottled Spanish sardines, tinapa, or tuyo. You can mix and match olives, capers, pimiento, artichokes, and more.

I'm a big fan of food hacks that populate websites like Pinterest and BuzzFeed. College kids these days are so lucky to have access to nifty cooking tips. Way back when, we crammed for exams with nothing but potato chips and chocolate bars to tide us over.

Even my kids caught the food hack bug. Some of the food hacks they have successfully tried (under yaya's strict supervision, of course) include making Oreo and milk ice cubes, ice cream sandwiches made of Ben & Jerry's and large oatmeal cookies, pancakes with silly faces (they "draw" using a squeeze bottle), and eggs with different shapes (cooked inside a cookie cutter).

Oh how my budding chefs make me swell with pride!

This month, let's explore the fun side of cooking with easy peasy food hacks. My kids have been bugging me day in and day out to make microwave mug cake and waffle maker hash browns. Mr. Flintstone, on the other hand, has been nagging me to make bacon egg cups he can bring over to biking sessions. And then there are my parents, who are currently obsessing overy fancy toasts.

Whew! That's a handful!

As the Kitchen Commander of our fortress, I have no other choice but to dutifully oblige. Besides, these recipes are so easy, I can easily trick my family into learning these food hacks so they can make it for me as well!

Toaster Bruschetta


Baguette or ciabatta, cut into 3/4 inch slices
Olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper


Spanish sardines, bottled tuyo, bottled tinapa, or anchovies
Kesong puti, buratta, ricotta, or feta cheese
Canned tomatoes
Green olives
Black olives


1.    Brush bread with olive oil. Toast.
2.    Top with Spanish sardines, kesong puti, canned tomatoes, green olives, and black olives.
3.    Serve!

Tags: bruschetta, bread

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