Jul 3, 2013 - Wedding Competitions    Comments Off

To Tuscany Foodie Competition 2013

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After the most important day of your life it is time to relax. You certainly gained some time to revive from all of the little excitements every bride experiences by planning her wedding. What you need now is a little bit of rest, good food and sun in a beautiful place together with the person you love the most. To cut a long story short: Your honeymoon!

Tuscany is a destination that is perfect for the most romantic honeymoon. The beautiful landscape, marvellous beaches, romantic architecture and the warm Italian sun will captivate you and leave you and your groom with unforgettable memories.

This month you have the chance to win a week’s stay in a villa in Tuscany, which sleeps up to 3 people, plus £200 towards flights. To Tuscany, the UK specialist for holidays in Tuscany, is running a recipe competition for bloggers.

All you have to do is to create your own Tuscan inspired recipe which includes the 3 key ingredients olive oil, tomatoes and parmesan cheese. Post a picture/video/written paragraph and the recipe on your blog with the following line included in the blog: “I want to win a week in one of your Tuscany villas!” and the link http://www.to-tuscany.com as a hyper-link within the words ‘Tuscany villa’. Then Email competition@to-tuscany.com and include:

- A link to your blog post with your entry
- A picture of your entry no bigger than 1MB – (an image is optional but will help showcase how yummy your dish is!)
- A short paragraph about your entry and the name of the dish
- Your contact details: (full name, address and phone number)

You find all the details and full instructions on the To Tuscany website.

To give you a little bit of support I’m posting a recipe myself! See the ingredients and instructions below for an easy and delicious Tuscan recipe, that’s just right for a light summer dinner or lunch. A little tip for brides-to-be: if you want to make sure to fit in your custom bridal gown, go lighter on the bread and heavier on the tomatoes!

Tuscan Tomato and Parmesan Bread Salad

Minutes to Prepare: 20
Minutes to Cook: 60
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

Parmesan Bread Croutons:
4 cups-Good quality sourdough bread or Italian bread with large fissures,
cut into 1 ½ chunks
1 cube butter-melted
1/3-cup olive oil
1 TBL Worcestershire sauce
1 cup shredded Parmesan
2 Tsp season salt
1 Tsp ground pepper
2 cloves garlic-chopped fine

Dressing:
1/3-cup -red wine vinegar
2/3-cup olive oil
1 TBL Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic-crushed
Salt & pepper

Veggies:
4 cups Heirloom tomatoes cut into 1 ½ chunks
1-cup sliced-celery
1 cucumber
1 cup red onion, sliced thin
1/2 cup-flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 cup green or black olives
2  cups shaved Parmesan

Directions

Bread croutons:
Cut bread. Melt butter on stove until it’s just soft and not too watery. Add olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan, season salt, pepper and garlic. Stir until blended well. Drizzle mixture over bread cubes and toss well. Spread bread cubes on greased cookie sheet and place in 180º oven and cook for 50-60 minutes or until crisp and browned. Using the shredded Parmesan for these will allow the cheese to get browned on the tips and retain the good cheese flavour, but don’t overcook cubes. Stir about every 15 minutes. Wait till it is cooled.

Dressing:
Combine all ingredients and mix until all ingredients are blended.

Veggies:
Wash and cut veggies and place in large bowl.

Assemble:
Once bread cubes are cooled add to veggies and toss with dressing.

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