Posts Tagged ‘garlic’

And He Made It All By Himself!

Roasted Tomato Soup

As I’ve mentioned before, I do 99% of the cooking at home.

But several years ago, I got fed up with this arrangement and inferred that the Everyman should cook at least one of our meals a week.

Don’t get me wrong.  Out of the 21 meals we typically eat weekly, I wouldn’t say I prepare all of them.  On the occasional night that I don’t feel like cooking, the Everyman will suggest ordering in rather than cooking anything himself.  Then there are times when we go out to dinner or brunch, at least one of which generally happens once or twice a month.  I don’t go out of my way to cook things for lunches, but I am the one who packs up all of the leftovers with extras in the morning.  To put it simply, I do quite a bit and sometimes the balance seems more than a little unfair.

For a while the Everyman was cooking dinner on a fairly regular basis, and we even christened Thursdays as “survive the Everyman’s cooking” nights, since he’s such a fan of Survivor.  But for the last 9 months or so he’s been taking night school, so these survival dinners fell by the wayside and were more often than not replaced by a suggestion of takeout.  Obviously, not the ideal situation for either of our health or waistlines, not to mention takeout can get boring really fast.

As of this week, the Everyman is finished with his night school courses, so I was only too eager to chide him into returning to this weekly slot in the kitchen.  After a few gentle prods he obliged, so I give you the inaugural meal from “survive the Everyman’s cooking” 2010: roasted tomato and garlic soup!

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The Most Ambitious Project Yet

Garden 2010

After much deliberation (and a healthy dose of procrastination), I’ve finally selected and plotted my intentions for the 2010 garden.

It might seem awfully early to some, but seeds must be ordered, delivered and started before a springtime sowing in late May can be accomplished.

This year will be interesting for a number of reasons.

Primarily because I’m going to be trying to grow a couple crowns of asparagus for the first time, but I’m also attempting rare French strawberries from seed, as well as leeks, garlic and chard.

As you can see from my crude 10,000 foot drawing, there are lots of different veggies being installed, as well as a small bee garden that I hope will attract a healthy amount of polinators to our rooftop sanctuary.  We had a bit of a problem with the lack of bees last year, though I’m not sure if it was due to colony collapse or the overall shitty weather, but it can’t hurt to encourage them with a pretty flower garden.

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Failure Is Not An Option (Or How I Invented Gar-amel-ic)

All Wrapped Up And Ready To Go

I don’t think it would come a surprise to anyone that I have a slightly morbid curiousity regarding combining garlic and sweet things.

Having fallen in love with Odile’s fleur de sel caramels, I’d intended to make a homemade batch for quite some time.   But, I also adore old school Mack Toffee, and had been considering how best to copycat that.  As a child it was one of my most favourite treats, and one that I could always count on my dad to buy for me because he loved it, too.

Then it dawned on me.

I shouldn’t make caramel or a toffee.  Gar-amel-ic was the answer; a roasted garlic infused caramel toffee.  The real conundrum was how to get the garlic into the toffee without having actual bits of garlic floating around in it.  Since my tea infusion worked out so well the other day, it seemed like a smart jumping off point for garlic infusions, too.

I again turned to Alice Medrich as my guide, since her take on brownies hadn’t steered me wrong. (more…)