Sunday, June 14, 2009
There are certian things that only happen once. It might be once a day (lunch) or once an hour (the vast majority of you checking your Facebook). Today we partook of something that only happens once a year.
That we got to put said thing in our mouths was even better. But I am getting ahead of myself.
Growing garlic is a no brainer. It is easy, mostly maintenance free, and is...well...garlic. What you might not know about garlic is that it grows a scape that houses a bulbils.
No, I am not kidding.
You are welcome for giving you an awesome conversation starter at your next akward Facebook meetup.
These scapes must be cut off if you want healthy sized bulbs of garlic. What this leaves you with are some of the gardens most tasty remnants.
The hardest thing to do is to decide what to do with them. This is in no way due to a lack of options, but the very opposite. Only one real rule is in play with something this special...don't screw it up. This includes burning it, boiling it, or using it in conjunction in ANY way with cream of mushroom soup. This also takes into account that you should not put it in something that will kill all flavor of such a special gift.
My mind automatically went to stir fry. Chicken, ginger, a bit of soy, sake, sesame oil, toasted sichuan pepper corn, a touch of salt, thai basil to finish and a bunch of scapes was all I needed.
Here is the finished product:
Now, this is the point at which I am supposed to tell you that the dish was a revelation, the best ever, "pure awesome", or something. Not going to happen.
What did the scapes taste like? Garlicky green beans.
What I can say about the meal it is that it was good. I enjoyed it over a few beers with my good friend Daniel Crosby (we tried 4 types...don't you wish you were here?) and my lovely wife. We ate, drank, and talked about anything that came to mind. All the while we enjoyed a once-off dish that included an ingredient that we'll most likely not eat again this year...at least from our garden. This all made the dish memorable and special.
Grow something and eat it.