One of my dearests, Nikki, just moved into her new apartment this week (exciting!), so I decided to make her a housewarming gift, and what better way to offer blessings and comfort than to give someone homemade bread? I knew Nikki liked pita and that it would travel and hold well, so that’s what I went for. I also just love the idea of pita because it can be used as a pocket and can be torn apart without needing any utensils.
I used my girl, Ann’s, recipe almost exactly, only adding a little dry basil to pick up on the basil in the bruschetta topping. You can find the pita recipe here. I made my bruschetta topping the same way I always do. Finely chop one garlic clove. Dice a couple small tomatoes (or Romas) and half a seeded cucumber (I leave the peel on for color – up to you). Rough chop a bit of basil. Mix together, season with salt and pepper, and lightly coat with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Let it sit and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, so the flavors have a chance to meld together. Simple and tasty.
Homemade food will always make someone feel like you care, but presenting it in a unique way gives it that extra nudge. Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to customize and wrap a gift like this.
First, put the bread in container or resealable bag to keep it fresh and clean. Take a couple pages out of the newspaper from the sections your recipient would most likely enjoy. For Nikki, I pulled from the arts and travel sections. I like to look for pages with more text than pictures. You want full pages, both sides (so technically, four pages). Overlap the two pages and wrap around the bread. Use a rubberband or twist-tie to gather and secure the paper. Once secured, tie a ribbon around it, covering the closure.
Put the topping in a jar and tie a ribbon around it. If this is for a housewarming gift, you want to be sure to include a couple plastic spoons, as it is possible the recipient will not have silverware yet or perhaps it just won’t be unpacked. I don’t like to be too precious with my gifting, so I dig the homey and rustic appeal of homemade goods, wrapped in paper.
You can’t go wrong with food when visiting someone’s new home. It lets that person know you wish him or her the best, without bringing over clutter or unwanted items, and once it’s eaten, it stops taking up space. Perfect.