You know those things that are so simple that when you hear about it, you think ‘why didn’t I think of that’? I learnt one of those things a few weeks ago – how to make it simpler to use garlic every day, without having to spend time peeling, chopping/crushing and so on. I honestly skip garlic in everyday dinners because of that, because when I cook dinner on a Tuesday night, I want it to be quick an efficient.
But, my good friend Kasia, the Master Chef, gave me this advice; pre-chop heaps of garlic, mix with good quality olive oil and put it in the fridge. Lasts forever and you can just throw in a teaspoon or two when your cooking. Smart! So when I was dancing in the kitchen making liver pâté the other day, I felt inspired and made some Garlic Oil or whatever you want to call it as well. All you need is;
Lots of garlic and olive oil.
Peel the cloves and throw them in a blender, I used three whole garlics and that filled up one of my old mayo jars – perfect. Whizz them in the blender for like ten second. Put in jar and top with olive oil. Done!
Like other yummy things, garlic is also good for you! Here’s a few benefits of garlic; prevents hair loss (yay), rub it on pimples and they should disappear, prevents and treats the common cold (old news), soothe psoriasis skin (rub garlic infused oil on your scaly skin), could help control your weight (I believe that when I see it), treat athlete’s foot in a hot garlic foot bath (because of it’s anti-fungal properties), keep mosquitoes away (they don’t like they smell either), cure cold sores, use it as a natural glue (must try!), use it as a pesticide or use it as bait when you’re fishing (fish loves the smell apparently). I think I’ll stick to just using it in my cooking for now, not planning on going on a fishing trip anytime soon!
While I was at it, I made some chilli infused olive oil too – had some hot chillies sitting in the kitchen I needed to use, so I cut them in half, put them in a jar and topped up with olive oil. I’m looking forward to using this. Spicing up your food is easy, you just need to be a little prepared and creative.
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