Monday, January 26, 2009

Day 26: Garlic

Day 26: Garlic, originally uploaded by susanvg.

I can't imagine life without garlic - that incredible flavour! I remember once serving a meal and every dish had garlic to a greater or lesser degree - and then I discovered that our guests did not like garlic. Travelling I was shown a restaurant in Talinn, Estonia that served garlic in everything, even the desserts.

What is astonishing is how much the flavour changes in cooking. The pungent taste of raw garlic permeates bruschetta and then seems to spread through every pore in your body. Yet roasted, you can smear the smooth, mild cloves on meat or potatoes with scarcely an effect on the local vampires.

Chicken with 24 cloves of garlic - bring it on!

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