My eight year old loves to help me in the kitchen so I’m always looking for dishes that she could primarily make on her own, with my supervision of course. Every PA Day/school holiday we spend ample time in the kitchen cooking or baking together until she is content. Unfortunately, weekends are just too crazy for us to attempt any cooking session together.

Anyways, today Akshaya and I made Bruschetta with an Ace Bakery whole-grain baguette for morning snack. We even drizzled some Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Glaze on top for some added flavour. I’m all about exposing my kids to strong, bold flavours!

Before I get to the recipe, let me tell you a little story. One of the reasons I cook with Akshaya in particular is because she is such a picky-eater. When she has the opportunity to help me prepare meals, she is more inclined to eat those meals. She absolutely dislikes raw tomatoes even thought she has been exposed to it over 1000 times (no exaggeration there). However, today my child ate bruschetta which is basically minced tomatoes on bread. She loved it so much that she ate just the salsa portion of it, alone. To all the moms with picky-eaters, keep at it and one day your child will surprise you. It only took Akshaya 6 years to eat a tomato haha.

Bruschetta RECIPE


  • 1 whole-grain baguette
  • good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 ripe tomatoes on the vine
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 10 or more large basil leaves, finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • Optional: Balsamic glaze


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the baguette into slices. Line them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and then brush the tops with olive oil. Bake for four- five minutes until crisp and golden.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the seeds and juices. Chop the tomatoes.
  4. In a bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, basil, and onion. Add the salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon some bruschetta onto each slice of toasted bread. Top with a tiny drizzle of balsamic glaze for added flavour.


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