garlic magic

10 Jul

While I was in Munich, I got to hang out with someone who I’ve ‘known’ for years but only just met properly properly, as in hung out with properly for days on end.

Gilly is Zanna’s other best girl friend. Zanna has acted as a conduit for our news for pretty much as long as she’s known us. But this was the first time we’ve been in the same continent in years, let alone the same bars, cafes and sidewalks.

Gilly is pretty freaking awesome. We discovered we share a passion for huge tankards of beer. A great love for enormous pretzels. A devotion to posing for pictures with giant German delicacies. And we make pretty great magical elves.

It didn’t take long to shake off the feeling that in knowing each other at a distance we knew a lot about each other that we’d never actually talked about in person. It turns out, we can talk A LOT in person.

One of the things we talked about is our mutual love of garlic. There is no such thing as too much garlic. Zanna has this gadget that crushes garlic just by swivelling two bespiked discs at each other. Oh, how I coveted it. When Gilly saw the depths of my coveture, she vowed to find me one when she got home to Toronto. I vowed in return to send her piles of Green & Black’s.

Have you ever used one of these? They’re incredible! So much better than a garlic press.

Inside there are two sets of blunt spikes, which is what crushes the garlic.

So you put the cloves in the clearings, then replace the top and twist the two halves against each other.

Open it up and, in a gorgeous culinary lesson in the laws of physics, the garlic is ready to be used. Love it!

PS, Thanks to everyone who got in touch — the fretting and pacing WAS indeed largely needless panic on my part. Calamity averted, happily end of story.


3 Responses to “garlic magic”

  1. pip 11 July 2010 at 11:45 am #

    That looks great!… just had a look on amazon but the only similar thing seems to dice finely rather than crush… do you know who the manufacturer is?…so I can check their website :)

  2. blueadt 12 July 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    How about this:

  3. pip 13 July 2010 at 7:51 am #

    thanks blueadt :)

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