According to Czech lore, Česnečka (garlic soup) will cure just about anything, even the common cold. It certainly tastes rich and comforting. So, if you feel under the weather, make a big pot of this simple soup of stock, potatoes, garlic and cheese to help you feel better.
Because Brazilians use onions and garlic so much in their foods they have created an onion and garlic base to help them save time. This base, called tempero caseiro in Brazil, is a simple mix of onions, garlic, olive oil, and salt that can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Darker, leafier, and more slender-stemmed than Western broccoli, gai lan is nonetheless a cousin in the Brassica family, which also includes most cabbages, cauliflower, mustard greens, and bok choy. It’s worth seeking out in Asian grocery markets, but if you can’t find it, this recipe will work just as well with regular broccoli or broccoli raab.
Skordalia is a thick puree (or sauce, dip, spread, etc.) in Greek cuisine made by combining crushed garlic with a bulky base — which may be a purée of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or liquid-soaked stale bread — and then beating in olive oil to make a smooth emulsion. Vinegar is often added.
The garlic plant’s bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. With the exception of the single clove types, garlic bulbs are normally divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. They have a characteristic pungent, spicy flavour that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.
Everyone has heard about the traditional red gazpacho soup, and many have tasted it. However, this recipe for cold white garlic soup or sopa de ajo blanco is just as tasty and refreshing. In fact, garlic lovers would probably vote for this soup hands down. It is easy, quick and healthy.
Ajilimójili is a hot sauce or hot and sweet sauce from Puerto Rico, traditionally served over grilled seafood, vegetables, boiled tuber vegetables and especially grilled meats. The sauce is a combination of olive oil, garlic, coriander or culantro, hot peppers, pepper, vinegar or citrus juice, all finely chopped or blended, simmered and cooled to serve.
In Sinangag, a Filipino version of garlic fried rice, rice is added to stir-fried garlic and then seasoned with salt and pepper. It is a common, everyday breakfast dish. Vegetables, meats, and other ingredients may be added but it is generally left bare, with just the garlic, pepper, and salt to flavour it, because any other additional ingredients’ flavours may interfere with the flavour of the dish eaten with the fried rice.
Potatoes and cheese are beaten together with crème fraiche until they form silky, smooth ribbons of pureed potato. It’s a deliciously hearty recipe, and it’s tempting to eat it all by itself, in the dead of winter, for its sheer comfort value. Try to hold out, though, and accompany it with a rich steak for a luxurious meal. Once you do, it will be hard to go back to regular mashed potatoes.