Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elements and Garlic

"There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic."

~ Louis Diat




Once you have had our fresh local garlic, store bought is simply no longer an option.  You just can't go back to bland.  We still have plenty for sale at market and are preparing to get cracking on our seed saved for planting.  When you folks come out to the farm it makes us smile. We love bridging the gap between farm and fork but we also love connecting farm and folk.  Sooo....

We are inviting you to come to the farm on the weekend of October 25th and 26th to celebrate garlic with us, do a little planting and potlucking, talk farm and food and more.  Bring kids if you've got them as there will be activities.  The campgrounds will be open to any who want to pitch a tent, weather permitting.  If you are interested, please let us know.  We'd love to have you out.

Garlic is widely known for its amazing flavor and maybe a little bit less known for its amazing healing properties.  

Joseph and Amy Alton of Backwoods Home write, "Unlike most herbs, studies have shown garlic to have a direct effectiveness against viruses. There are no known antibiotics that will destroy a viral infection. Colds and influenzas can cause miserable symptoms, and some flu cases can be fatal. Garlic probably works in a two-pronged attack on viruses, both directly and by stimulating your own immune defenses to fight harder. Ingesting fresh garlic may decrease the duration of a viral illness. It is thought that taking garlic before exposure to a virus will lessen your chance of getting the infection in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

We all have notions of the healing potentials of garlic but may not really know what to do with it, other than cook it.  Cooking with it is a great start and regular use is intelligent use.  The Altons also recommend a few tips with garlic that are really easy to follow:

"The best garlic remedy uses fresh, uncooked, crushed, organic cloves — used in a warm tea or mixed with raw, unprocessed honey."

I love to do this and also fresh press raw garlic with beets, carrots and lemon for a powerful immune system. The more you play with garlic on a regular basis, the more prevention you put in the bank.

Another recommendation of the topical variety suggests, "For prevention or treatment of wound infections, you can use cool compresses of garlic tea, honey garlic syrup, fresh minced garlic, or garlic oil in place of a triple antibiotic ointment. Cover the wound or laceration with sterile gauze dressing. Change the covering and reapply the garlic remedy once or twice daily."

For more details and recommendations you can access their article with the following link:


And for food fun, here is a great way to use it in a recipe!


GARLIC AND THYME QUINOA PATTIES

Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes 
Makes – 20

Ingredients

 

2 and 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
5 organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 whole meal bread slices, processed into breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon mild paprika
sea salt flakes to taste
olive oil to pan fry

Method  

 

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a large wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. 
Scoop some mixture in the palm of your hands to shape a patties approximately 5cm in diameter and 1cm thick. This size will yield approximately 20 patties with the mixture you have. (You can make them smaller and thicker or large and flatter as per your preference.)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Gently place 4-5 patties in the pan and shallow fry, cooking each side for 2 minutes before gently flipping over with a small spatula to cook the other side. Repeat till all patties are cooked. Use a tablespoon of oil each time you start cooking a new batch of patties.
Serve hot or cold with ketchup and salad greens.

Notes

 

These are delicate patties and a tad tricky to shape as they may stick to your hands or fall apart in the pan. Gently handling will prevent them from falling apart. once one side is cooked, they become easier to manage and even flatten nicely for even browning.
If you find it impossible to work with them or shape them, try adding 1 tablespoon of plain flour to make them hold their shape. 

Via  http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/garlic-and-thyme-quinoa-patties/

GARLIC AND THYME QUINOA PATTIES

Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes 
Makes – 20

Ingredients

2 and 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
5 organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 whole meal bread slices, processed into breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon mild paprika
sea salt flakes to taste
olive oil to pan fry

Method

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a large wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. 
Scoop some mixture in the palm of your hands to shape a patties approximately 5cm in diameter and 1cm thick. This size will yield approximately 20 patties with the mixture you have. (You can make them smaller and thicker or large and flatter as per your preference.)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Gently place 4-5 patties in the pan and shallow fry, cooking each side for 2 minutes before gently flipping over with a small spatula to cook the other side. Repeat till all patties are cooked. Use a tablespoon of oil each time you start cooking a new batch of patties.
Serve hot or cold with ketchup and salad greens.

Notes

These are delicate patties and a tad tricky to shape as they may stick to your hands or fall apart in the pan. Gently handling will prevent them from falling apart. once one side is cooked, they become easier to manage and even flatten nicely for even browning.
If you find it impossible to work with them or shape them, try adding 1 tablespoon of plain flour to make them hold their shape.
- See more at: http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/garlic-and-thyme-quinoa-patties/#sthash.MNkabByP.dpuf

This week's CSA box will include:

Red and Yellow Onions
Shallots
Garlic
Potatoes
Sungold Tomatoes
Zucchini (last week)
Leeks
Diakon Radish
Winter Squash (acorn, delicata, sunshine, bon bon and butternut options)
Green Varietals (still working on just what we will be putting in but we do have a lot of great greens!)

Also... the ever present element of surprise. :)

We sure hope to see you out at the farm for the garlic event!  More info to come...

Your Echo Team

"No cook who has attained mastery over her craft ever apologizes for the presence of garlic in her productions."

~ Ruth Gottfried: The Questing Cook


GARLIC AND THYME QUINOA PATTIES

Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 minutes 
Makes – 20

Ingredients

2 and 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
5 organic eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 whole meal bread slices, processed into breadcrumbs
1/4 cup chives, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large Spanish onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon mild paprika
sea salt flakes to taste
olive oil to pan fry

Method

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a large wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. 
Scoop some mixture in the palm of your hands to shape a patties approximately 5cm in diameter and 1cm thick. This size will yield approximately 20 patties with the mixture you have. (You can make them smaller and thicker or large and flatter as per your preference.)
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Gently place 4-5 patties in the pan and shallow fry, cooking each side for 2 minutes before gently flipping over with a small spatula to cook the other side. Repeat till all patties are cooked. Use a tablespoon of oil each time you start cooking a new batch of patties.
Serve hot or cold with ketchup and salad greens.

Notes

These are delicate patties and a tad tricky to shape as they may stick to your hands or fall apart in the pan. Gently handling will prevent them from falling apart. once one side is cooked, they become easier to manage and even flatten nicely for even browning.
If you find it impossible to work with them or shape them, try adding 1 tablespoon of plain flour to make them hold their shape.
- See more at: http://www.cookrepublic.com/recipe-archive/garlic-and-thyme-quinoa-patties/#sthash.MNkabByP.dpuf


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