Perhaps you are not aware of this, but us, Romanians, we loooove garlic. This is not much of a problem when we hang out among our own keen. But, once you move abroad, like I did, and your entourage comprises other nationalities as well, being a garlic lover might ruin relationships. So, this is a post to justify my nation’s faiblesse for this deliciously smelly ingredient.
Here is why Garlic is on our All Time Favourite Foods List :
1. Garlic is one of the world’s healthiest foods
Hippocrates used to prescribe it to his patients to treat a variety of conditions. That’s probably because he had no access to real medicine, but if you ignore that, it proves my point. Apparently, one of its components, the allicin contributes to the reduction of cholesterol, helps induce fat loss and even reduces triglyceride levels. According to some studies full of medical terminology that I’m not sure I understand correctly, it also provides some anti-cancer properties, in particular, reducing the risk of colon, stomach and prostate cancer.
2. Nutrition value
For those of you who visit my blog more for the Skinny and less for the Gourmande, garlic is highly nutritious, while being low on calories. Garlic is rich in magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, calcium, iron and vitamin B1. Also, it improves athletic performance, being used in ancient cultures that hadn’t yet discovered performance-enhancing drugs, as a fatigue reducer. As it seems, it was taken by Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
3. Taste like no other
For those who come here more for the Gourmande and less for the Skinny, garlic is absolutely delicious used as a cooking ingredient, as it gives a special aroma to your food and also enhances other ingredients’ flavors. Either raw or cooked, garlic can be that one ingredient that makes your dish unforgettable.
Now, if none of the above convinced you, here is “la piece de resistance”.
4. Keeping the Evil Away
I bet you all heard of Bram Stoker’s novel about the Transylvanian count cursed to immortality and to feed himself with young fresh blood. You haven’t? Shame on you and on your literature teachers! But then at least one of the Dracula movies. There are at least 20. Anyway, the story says Dracula comes from Romania (I’m sure that he is actually a she and that she comes from Hungary. But that’s another story.). And, besides being immortal and a Romanian blood sucker, he is also a great lover, on a constant mission to hunt young, beautiful damsels. So, correlating this information with all the knowledge acquired while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we can only get to one conclusion: Romanians use garlic as an instrument against becoming vampires themselves! And what a more efficient method than eating it to block our vampiristic tendencies? So, you see, my dear friends, we are actually doing it to protect the rest of you from becoming innocent victims! You’re welcome!
So, if either you share my passion for garlic or you suspect that deep within you have a vampire getting ready to come to surface, here is a simple garlic sauce recipe or dressing, to put it in fancier words, to help you enrich a rather boring dish or to kill your evil instincts.
In case you’re beginners at this smelly business, I’m also going to dare to suggest some combinations:
- For the Skinny lovers: boiled broccoli with garlic sauce, boiled green beans with garlic sauce , spinach with garlic sauce (the lemon recipe recommended)
- For the Gourmande lovers: all of the above, plus a little extra – crispy french fries with garlic sauce or fried zucchini with garlic sauce (here, either of the recipes, but I prefer the one with yogurt).[/su_box]
And, I will also provide you with some priceless advice on how to get rid of the smell (no, chewing gum doesn’t help much): eat a couple of parsley leafs! Puff! No more smell!
Now, go crazy, for the love of Garlic!
* Dracula image courtesy: Boogeyman13
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