Garlic, Harissa and Mint – What a Pickle!

Unless you’re a vampire, you should really try to stuff as much garlic as you possibly can into your diet. For one thing, it’s delicious. For another, it’s a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium. Scientific evidence is still inconclusive as to its medicinal qualities, such as reducing cancer, preventing colds and lowering blood pressure, but there are some promising studies. A theory that has some support, is that the many sulphur compounds found in garlic can help combat disease.

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A fine way to up your garlic-game is making a jar of pickles, which is also a very nice gift if you happen to be invited to a dinner party, or just feel like treating a friend to something simple, but luxurious. Aren’t home-made gifts slightly more heartwarming than store-bought ones?

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This is a great recipe:

1. Peel as many garlics you like – we settled for five.

2. Boil the cloves in 2 tbsp of vinegar, 4 dl of water and 1 tbsp of salt for 2 minutes.

3. Strain the cloves.

4. Pour 1 dl of olive oil and 3 tbsp of vinegar into a jar.

5. Add salt, harissa (a North African chili paste that you’ll find in most grocery stores) and dried mint according to taste. Don’t forget to actually taste the blend to be sure!

6. Add the garlic, put on the lid and shake the jar so as to mix the ingredients.

7. Let the jar sit in the fridge for a couple of days before enjoying the garlic glory.

We use obscene amounts of garlic in amost every dish – for example, this kind of food. Please let us know if you have any other garlic favourites!

 

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