Archive for Garlic

Veganmofo: Life Hacking tips/tricks 1

Maybe I am late to the game, but have all of you seen this?

I’m looking at you Isa Chandra, QuoirQueer, The ppk in general and basically all garlic lovers.

This video may just change your life.

How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds from on Vimeo.


This may turn the vegan community against me, but I just have to say it

It has to be said.

I hate Garlic Presses. There, I said it. I know everyone loves them, and I’ve tried time and time again to get on the band wagon. Their easy, quick, efficient blah blah blah and more lies.

Don’t get me wrong, I love kitchen gadget and tools,sure I may never need a mango slicer, oranger peeler or countless other fun tools. And maybe I’ve bought a few too many toys, used them once or twice and forgot about them. I am guilty. I love kitchen stuff. All stuff, especially tools and gadgets. But not, the garlic press.

Maybe I’ve only had bad presses in my life, but I find them tedious. They are hard to clean, with their little compartments and I always manage to get tiny garlic pieces into all kinds of odd places. Worst of all they don’t even press all the garlic, you are always left with that icky, smushed, wad of what used to be garlic that just won’t press through no matter how hard you pull. So after all the fussing with the stupid gadget the garlic juice squirting you in the eye and whatever else, you have to fish out these ends bits and chop em by hand or heaven forbid dispose of them.

Sure you can try and use it without peeling, which I guess could be appealing but really does anyone spend that much time peeling? One slice to remove the end, smack the clove with the blunt side of the knife and it pops right off. Same with mincing, a few quick slices and YOU ARE DONE. Easy clean up, use the whole clove, finished in a minute. Maybe I’m missing something, but chopping garlic is a breeze. Yeah, maybe your hands smell like garlic and it lingers for hours but hey, I like garlic that’s why I am using it in the first place.

So everyone can fiddle with their presses and shun their cutting boards, but I think I’ll skip the hassle and enjoy the scent of garlic on my hands and let some other poor soul figure out how to clean those darn things.

VeganMoFo: Kick ass greens (as promised)

Despite the blog title, I do love me some greens and when I’m not making Kittee’s amazing Collards, I like to make something like this:

Kick Ass Greens

  • One Large bunch of Greens (I used Rainbow Chard)
  • 3 Large Garlic Gloves
  • Earth Balance or other Vegan Margarine
  • Raw Sunflower seeds
  • Liquid smoke (just a few drops)

To start wash greens and get ride of any super tough ends. Mince your garlic and melt a generous wedge of EB in your pan. Add garlic and saute until fragrant and tender. As garlic is cooking, slice greens into thin long strips (I like to keep my stems and just dice them finely, their good for you!!). Once Garlic is starting to brown, add in your Seeds and roast until golden. Shake off most of the water and add your greens in batches, allowing them to cook down before adding another handful. Keep stirring and as they cook add in a few drops of Liquid smoke until that hickory scent begins to fill the kitchen. Serve as a side dish, or add to pasta sauce for a healthy kick.

These are also great is diced finely and mixed with a vegan cream sauce over pasta.