A friend of mine saw a movie "girl rising" while she was traveling, and worked very hard to bring it to our town. My heart swelled and I was so proud of her when the numbers in the theater grew so large, they had to move the showing to a much bigger room.
It is a movie that "showcases the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl and the world" (from the Girl Rising website girlrising.com/) It was a very thought provoking and emotional film, telling the stories of nine girls from different countries.
I was meeting friends before and going out for a cocktail after, so I made an appetizer for my husband and I to share when he got home from work. We came together briefly to catch up on the day, and enjoy a bite to eat and each others company, before heading in different directions for the evening.
BRUSCHETTA WITH TOMATO, AVOCADO, BASIL AND MINT
1 baguette, cut crosswise into rounds
1 garlic clove, peeled
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño
1 pound assorted tomatoes, coarsely chopped, juices drained
2 large avocados, halved, pitted, peeled, cut into small cubes
Heat oven to 425F.
Arrange bread rounds on large rimmed baking sheet. Brush with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until crisp, about 12 minutes. Cool.
Press garlic into medium bowl. Add onion, basil, mint, lemon juice, and chiles. Mix in tomatoes, then avocados, season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve with the toasts.
Recipe adapted from The Bon Appetit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook, 2008