“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
At the end of this post you will find a reminder of how to roast garlic and a list of my favourite roasted garlic recipes I blogged about in 2015. Before you scroll down though, please read this short post – I have something very important to share with you.
My adventure with Garlic Matters started somewhere in August 2014. That was roughly when I started to intentionally eat more garlic on a regular basis and experiment with recipes and food photography.
Before August 2014, and at least twice a year, I would suffer from a minimum of 1 strapping to bed for 3 days cold or flu and then random sinus infections, coughs and runny nose inconveniences. These were often treated with antibiotics, but it would take weeks before all symptoms went away.
I still wonder whether it was my own immune system fighting the sicknesses away eventually or was it the antibiotics…
Ever since I started to cook with garlic and eat it on a more regular basis, I have been well and happy.
NOT ONE runny nose, cold, sinus infection or even a sign of feeling like I was about to go down with something and be taken out of action.
2015 made me truly believe that our bodies are equipped with the best defence system out there, which, if provided and nurtured for intentionally, is capable of defending us from more than we give it credit for.Before you reach for antibiotics, stop and read World Health Organisation warnings against the alarmingly increasing antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance …
Based on my personal experience of uninterrupted wellbeing in 2015 and 2016 (update!!) you can also take it from me: Increased consumption of garlic strengthens our natural immune system and prevents common cold, flu and other related infections.
Even Bon Appétit went to a great effort of listing reports and articles published over the years by health authorities and medical professionals (“Is garlic good for you or bad for you?”), which prove that consumption of garlic is indeed good for you! Read more in depth about garlic health benefits here.
If you can, try eating it raw, because this is when garlic is at the peak of its health benefitting power. Here are some good ideas:
Wild Garlic Salad
But if you can’t manage to eat the raw garlic, eat it cooked, like I normally do. In fact, I am pretty sure I am the number one fan of roasted garlic! Here is how to roast garlic to perfection!
How to roast garlic
- 1 garlic head
- 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
- Peel most of the outer garlic head wrappers and trim ¼ inch off the top of the garlic head.
- Place the garlic head (or heads) on a piece of aluminium foil big, enough to wrap it around the heads.
- Drizzle 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil over the exposed tops of the cloves and allow the olive oil to run down to the inner parts of the garlic head.
- Wrap the garlic head in the aluminium foil and place it on the baking tray, in the oven (trimmed top up).
- Bake for 40 minutes.
2015 recipes I used the roasted garlic in
Plenty more delicious recipes with the use of roasted garlic are coming your way in 2016!
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