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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Garlic, the good stuff

I have been waiting patiently since April to harvest my garlic crop.  Finally, last week I could wait no longer and in no time at all I had unearthed around 100 bulbs from the soil.  

Originally I planted 5 different varieties all purchased from the Diggers Club.  Judging on size, appearance and overall plant health I would say the two most successful varieties have been Italian Purple and Italian Red.  We have only taste tested a small amount so far, the rest have been strung up to dry.

  


In keeping with my garlic harvest tradition I made this bread with a loaf freshly baked in our new wood oven.

Earlier this month I painstakingly transported a piece of very special butter home from Adelaide after it had survived a whole day sitting at a conference in a ‘coolie’ bag.  The interstate transportation of butter is another whole story.  Luscious butter teamed with fresh basil and garlic produced this indulgent loaf.

Having access to an abundant supply of my own garlic makes me very happy and content.  Some lucky friends might even get a pungent piece for Christmas.


Do you share my love for garlic?
Do you occasionally set yourself a transportation challenge with food?

40 comments :

  1. Amazing! I'd like to try growing garlic - but I've heard it needs quite a cold winter (and takes ages to grow)!

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    1. Thanks Mel, Celia tells me Sydney does not get cold enough for garlic growing. You could try anyway, you are growing so many other things successfully!

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  2. i do, and i am most envious of your bounty! last year i feared i 'over-loved' my garlic - ie watered it too much - and it rotted in the ground. this year i was too scared. next year i shall try again. i think it's the patience thing, too - planting in april and harvesting seven months later - wow.
    enjoy that bread, it smells delicious from here.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, it is worth the wait :)

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  3. I do love garlic! I use it in cooking whenever I can, and will only buy the Aussie grown stuff.
    We've never been anywhere long enough to grow garlic these last few years, but now that we are firmly planted in our very own patch, we'll be able to grow some. (soon as the vegie garden is in - always seems to be so much to do around our farm!)

    That bread looks so delicious!

    xoxo

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    1. Thanks for your kind words as always Sarah Jane x

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  4. Is the Pope a Catholic?!!! Love your garlic Jane... I have just harvested my first crop too. Can barely wait to plant more ; D

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    1. You make me laugh Lizzy with the Pope comment :)

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  5. Wonderful!! We don't get cold enough here in Sydney and our garlic never seems to form large corms. So glad you got your hands on the PS butter! :)

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    1. Thank you Celia, our growing conditions are so different aren't they?

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  6. Yes same with Sarah Jane having not lived in the one house for long enogh to plant and harvest a little garlic crop.
    I can't wait 'til I can though with sourcing local garlic becoming more difficult.
    x

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    1. I agree Zara, local garlic is impossible to source where we live!

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  7. gorgeous, so impressed. i brought cheese back from WA once!

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    1. That is something I would do Muppy...the cheese thing I mean :)

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  8. Hi Jane, Yes I love garlic. I'll have to plant some in our backyard as the garlic from the shops in Melbourne has been terrible lately. The garlic bread from the woodfired oven looks so good! What was the special butter you transported home from Adelaide (that's my other weakness good unsalted butter!) Catherine x

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    1. Pepe Saya butter Catherine, I hope the link in my blog is working :) Great butter :)

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  9. Love, love , love garlic. I haven't found a main course dinner dish yet that I can't add it to.

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  10. I must get more organised and plant garlic this year. I keep forgetting and haven't grown it for a few years, which is a big mistake. Your bread looks delicious as ever.
    Is there much difference in taste between the varieties?

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    1. I haven't noticed a huge difference in taste between varieties Anne, maybe once they have dried out a little more, it is still fairly fresh!

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  11. Congratulations on your garlic harvest, Jane. 100 bulbs is an awesome achievement. I harvested about 6 bulbs after getting some cloves grown locally. My first successful garlic harvest.

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    1. Awesome Jo, enjoy your garlic! Are you still enjoying Celia's chocolate? :)

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  12. Well done Jane. What an exciting day and your celebration bread looks delicious too

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  13. I planted some garlic but I wasn't sure when to harvest it! Maybe it is time to pull it up!

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    1. Once the leaves start to turn brown, that is the time to pick it Anne! Thanks for calling in!

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  14. I pulled my first head of garlic this week too. i wish now i had planted so much more. it's something we use heaps of.


    your wood fired bread is inspirational. on my to do list for this week!

    rachel xo

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    1. Excellent Rachel...go the wood oven :)

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  15. Delicious garlic Jane and your bread looks so tasty I can almost smell it. I think eating produce from your own garden makes it taste even better because of all the love and attention that has gone into it.. :)

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  16. Jane, that garlic bread look so delicious.

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  17. I just found your blog it's such a great read.I'm still waiting for my garlic to be ready to harvest but yours looks amazing. My favorite is pressed garlic with rosemary on pizza with a good amount of fetter and blue cheese. Something to try in your wood oven.
    www.PoppyFoxathome.com

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    1. Thanks for the idea and for calling in! Love your pizza idea :)

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  18. Its gorgeous! I have a little crop in a pot (8 bulbs) that will be ready in a month or so and seeing yours has made me super excited. I love growing garlic, it is so satisfying!

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    1. Thanks Anna, garlic is the good stuff isn't it?

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  19. wow, what a harvest!! Home grown garlic, home baked bread, think it's time for you to start making butter ;D

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  20. I adore garlic! I am sitting on my hands giving my crop a little bit longer. I am planning on pulling it up on the weekend. Your bread looks gorgeous.

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  21. Oh Jane! I am SOOOOO jealous! Your garlic crop is absolutely amazing! It is an everyday luxury in our house - not one day passes when there isn't some skordo being scoffed in many forms. I even caught Mr K nibbling on some raw, fresh juicy cloves this morning!!!

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  22. Wow!! I must say , you did a great job!!!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane