A roundup for garlic fiends (vampires should look away now). This week I am sharing my selection of 4 Gorgeously Garlicky Recipes, plus the linky for week 34 of #CookBlogShare!
How is it possibly the end of August already? People are actually starting to mention CHRISTMAS on social media, which is just plain SCARY! And all my Scottish friends have been posting pictures of their kids going back to school…it really does feel like summer is almost over 🙁
I hope those of you who’ve been away have had a fab time…we are just back from an amazing (though slightly soggy) trip to the Loire valley. Lovely area of France…though bizarrely untouristy…I thought with all those beautiful chateaux, not to mention the delicious wine and picture postcard towns, we would be positively tripping over tourists, but not at all – we practically had the place to ourselves! (OK, slight exaggeration.)
We were based in Blois and had a fine time checking out the delights of the section of the Loire valley that runs between Tours and Orléans. My highlights were all food and wine based, obviously! We had some rather memorable meals…including one fabulously unexpected one – we got caught in a big storm in Tours and literally ran into a restaurant to escape the downpour – it turned out to be rather a gem and we whiled away a couple of very happy hours eating and drinking, while waiting for the storm to pass.
My lunch was just a simply fried pavé of salmon with a beurre blanc sauce, but it reminded me why I love French food so much – often very simple, but perfectly cooked, and almost always a good bottle of wine to go with it (in this case a rather fab bottle of Chinon rouge).
We also managed to fit in a couple of wine visits – one to Chinon (mostly because of that wonderful bottle we tasted in Tours), where we were led through a tasting of whites (from Chenin Blanc) and rosés and reds (from Cabernet Franc), including one from the year 2000 (since when did the year 2000 become old for wine? When I was just starting out in the wine industry, 2000 was the latest vintage!!!). My favourite, though, was the youngest and freshest red, which was vibrant and juicy, with hints of strawberries and green peppers, and utterly delicious – best served slightly chilled and perfect for partnering tuna, salmon and chicken.
Our other wine visit was to caves in Vouvray where we got to taste the many diverse styles of wine that they make in that part of the world from just one grape variety: Chenin Blanc. It’s quite impressive – sparkling wines, still wines, dry wines, sweet wines, really sweet wines, sparkling sweet wines, aged wines…all with their own unique characteristics…I am totally sold on sparkling Vouvray now…hubby and I on the way home were shaking our heads at how underrated (or actually just plain unknown) it is in the UK…you can get a fab bottle for much less than the price of a mediocre bottle of Champagne and it is gooood!! If you can ever find a bottle, I heartily recommend it! It makes a fab aperitif, but also goes really well with charcuterie, sushi, white fish and seafood.
The other foodie highlight of the holiday was the goat’s cheese we found on our first night, when we were stocking up our Airbnb kitchen. Goat’s cheese is something of a speciality of the Loire valley and this one was a particularly yummy one…though sadly it didn’t even have a name…it was just labelled ‘rond, affiné’, which means, round and mature…well, whatever it was it was awesome! And of course like all the best French cheeses had a distinct odour of smelly socks and had to be eaten with a spoon! Even hubby was impressed (hilarious considering he once described eating goat’s cheese as ‘like licking a snooker table’…obviously this was before he met me and had learnt to like the finer things in life!!!).
Amazingly, considering the vast quantities of bread, cheese, wine and Milka (yep, my guilty pleasure) I consumed last week, I did not come back three times the size, but I am definitely a few pounds heavier…I would say the diet starts this week…but this week my parents are coming to stay…so maybe the next week… 😉
4 Gorgeously Garlicky Recipes
Anyone who knows me will know that I am something of a garlic fiend (another reason why I like France), so when Jo of Jo’s Kitchen Larder shared her tzatziki on Instagram with the caption “Not for faint hearted when it comes to garlic!!!”, my theme for this week’s roundup was born.
I am a huge fan of garlic and you will find garlic in almost all of my recipes…well the savoury ones, that is…I am yet to come up with a dessert that works with garlic, but I am sure that is only a matter of time!!! Let me know if you have any suggestions…
So this week I have gathered together some of the yummiest, garlickiest recipes I could find from the selection in last week’s #CookBlogShare linky – enjoy!
If you are not a #CookBlogShare regular and are wondering what an earth I am going on about, #CookBlogShare is a place for bloggers to share their recipes. If you are a blogger and have a recipe to share, you can link up your post by following the instructions below. If you are not a blogger, but love food and cooking, do check out the recipes that will be appearing below. If this week is as good as they usually are you will find some awesome recipes – the #CookBlogShare bloggers are very good at what they do!
First up is this gorgeous Easy Greek Shrimp Saganaki from Monika over at Everyday Healthy Recipes. Monika has recently returned from a holiday in Greece and she has clearly been inspired! I have to say, though I love Greek food and eat it often, I have never even heard of Saganaki, let alone tasted it…but after reading this wonderful recipe full of tomatoes, prawns, olives, feta cheese and, of course lots of garlic, I really want to make this!!
Next up is this awesome sounding Really Easy Yogurt Sauce from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy…I am such a fan of this kind of simple but delicious yogurt and garlic sauce – such a wonderfully easy peasy way to make a dish taste fab! And, as always with Jacqui, this recipe comes with lots of fab hints and tips – she recommends using good quality yogurt and giving the sauce time to sit before using, to allow the flavours to develop. She also gives loads of fab variations to this sauce – lots of different flavour combinations to pair with a variety of different meat, fish and vegetable options.
You know how much I like a fuss free, family friendly meal and Corina has really nailed it with her delicious, kid-friendly version of Jerk Chicken. Her version uses less chilli than usual to make it more suitable for younger children (and chilli wusses alike!), but it is still full of flavour from the cinnamon, allspice, lime, brown sugar, soy sauce and of course garlic!! She pairs her Easy Jerk Chicken with a ready prepared pouch of Tilda Rice and Peas to make a brilliant easy peasy midweek meal I know my kids would LOVE!
And finally, the recipe that inspired the roundup this week, this wonderfully garlicky Perfect Greek Tzatziki from Jo’s Kitchen Larder. A fab combination of thick Greek yogurt, grated cucumber and LOTS of garlic (Jo adds two whole cloves to hers!), tzatziki is one of my favourite dips, and as Jo says, once you’ve made your own you won’t want to go back to buying it from the shops!!
#CookBlogShare Linky Week 34
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Kirsty @k_phillipson, Jacqui @jacdotbee and Monika @MonikasRecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
I will comment on all the posts this week and pin them all to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
Next week #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy 🙂