Let's talk about todays fixation. It's a good one as far as things I obsess about. *BURP* Excuse me. Sorry, I thought of this fixation because of my burps today. Seriously they're delicious! I had left overs from dinner last night. I made my own version of Rachel Ray's Roasted Caprese Spaghetti. I make mine with chicken added (M has to have meat) and bow-tie pasta but it's SO delicious and makes for great left overs. The reason I'm telling you all this is that I went heavy on the garlic, I always do. Rachel says use 2 cloves, I think I cut up 6 last night and used one to rub on the garlic bread after it came out of the oven. And now as a result I have the most delicious garlic burps ever. Sexy right?
My obsession with garlic started really only about five years ago. When I first started learning to cook. I've always loved the flavor in people's dishes but, this was the first time I had ever encountered fresh garlic. Usually I would just use a dried garlic salt, pepper or powder. I still keep these staples in my kitchen. They are great for putting on hamburgers and sometimes for extra zing to sauces. Now however, I want the fresh stuff. The more the better. I'm not lying when I say if a recipe calls for 2-3 garlic cloves I will usually use no less than 5-6. So if you don't like garlic and you come to my house for dinner - warn me ahead of time. Otherwise you'll probably not be pleased. Or maybe you'll turn over a new leaf and love it as much as I do.
I love the smell of garlic. LOVE IT. Be it when I'm chopping it up for a dish or when it hits the hot olive oil in a pan. HEAVEN! Pair that with onions and I drool the minute I smell it. I'm also guilty of loving how my hands smell after chopping garlic. Even after washing my hands the smell will linger for a while. I totally do my best Mary Katherine Gallgher
Strange side note: Onions don't make me cry, I wear contacts so it doesn't bug me, however I sneeze like crazy when I cut them, it sucks.
Back to the good stuff, GARLIC! I've tried to eat garlic raw but I'm not that powerful of a woman. WOW talk about bite! I love roasted garlic spread on warm bread and I love it when it's been cooked but I can't deal with raw garlic unless it's been grated into small bits and put into say a salad dressing, ground in hamburger meat or something like that.
I always have at least 3 heads of garlic on hand. Not sure why three is the lucky number, but it seems like most meals I make call for garlic and if they don't I find a way to work the ingredient into them. I'm thankful that M enjoys garlic as much as I do, otherwise I'd be sunk.
With all this garlic love, I often wonder if I'd be safe from vampires. As much as I eat this stuff I would think they'd smell me from a mile away. Oddly I've never had a friend tell me I smell like garlic - unless I burp of course. If I continued to consume garlic would I be able to be BFFFFFFF's with Buffy? Because I'm pretty positive that would rock - aside from the morbid part.
via bing • I love this comic by the way!
Other than the fact that I'm a tough cookie I think my garlic breathe would be a great weapon to help Buffy, Willow, Xander and the rest of the remaining Scoobies fight evil. I can read tarot cards, I'm sure Willow could teach me some magic - or better yet if Xander can go all commando without super powers, why can't I? Yes, I'm a huge dork and I think about these things - you're just now realizing this? Welcome to my world!
Then I thought about it and realized... OH CRAP. If I eat all this garlic I might even push away the good vampires like Angel and Spike. (Sorry to my Twilight loving friends - I could care less about Edward. It's just not my thing, but I have a question does garlic even effect the vampires of Twilight?) I would hate to send Spike into a tizzy that's for sure. Sorry Angel fans I've always been on Team Spike. I get a lot of shizz from my friend D because of this. She's all Team Angel - and I'm all Angel is 'the P' word! (think cat).
via bing • The scene that made me fall hard for Spike.
Now, if only garlic would have made these guys run for the hills I'd be set!!! HOW CREEPY ARE THEY!?!?!?
via bing • The Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Seriously people, I watched this episode of Buffy in college and I still had nightmares over these creepy ass, floating, heart and voice stealing monsters. Nightmares that were only out shinned by nightmares I had about Freddy after watching Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time in middle school. However it is my favorite all time Buffy episode, ever!
This is turning into a Buffy Fixation now, sorry... back to garlic. From what I can gather my serious fixation with garlic and my constant digestion of it is actually a good thing. It's good for your heart and gives plenty of flavor with minimal calories - so for me it's a win win. I have a long history of heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure in my family so anything that helps my ticker and tastes this good is a bonus for me!
So I ask you - do you like garlic? Am I off my rocker because I'm so obsessed with it?
*BURP* Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to finish up my work day enjoying the delightful flavor that each burp brings me. Just so you know. I brushed my teeth after lunch, and I've chewed gum. I'm a total dragon lady bringing the garlic up from within right now. I probably bleed red and garlic scent, I'm convinced. Will I test it no. Will I continue to eat garlic and kill other with my breathe, yes. Thank you.
HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!!! ox