I don’t know if you remember but a couple of years ago black garlic entered my life and I was enchanted. After all these years playing with food an exciting new ingredient to experiment with and not only that but a wonderful one! So I happily skipped about in the sunshine buying this nectar from Tesco and various other places, whenever I saw it, which was reasonably often. Often enough to always have some in my interesting store cupboard to enhance my sudden lunches. Just look at it, beautiful or what!
I ran out a while back but wasn't too perturbed as I was going away for a couple of months, I’d re-stock when I got home. Imagine my horror on my return when however hard I searched I couldn't find any black garlic anywhere. Apparently people have stopped stocking it which is just plain daft, so far as I can see. This stuff needs to be out there, people need to know.
I contacted the black garlic people and they advised me to try Merchant Gourmet which I did and I also found some on Amazon so I've ordered 6 packets and shall be boring the knickers off you with all my ideas as soon as it arrives.
I very seriously recommend this wonderful ingredient to anyone who loves good food, it has a sweet almost balsamic-ish, molassesy taste and a soft squidgy texture, almost like a dried fruit version of garlic. And, as they say themselves …
It also has a long shelf life, 6-8 months, so is perfect for spontaneous cooking and making leftovers even more delicious.
So perhaps you could help the situation by asking for it when you go shopping. Don’t worry, it probably won’t cost you anything as nobody seems to stock it but if enough people ask perhaps Tesco and others will start buying it again.
I want to put on record that this post has nothing to do with the black garlic people other than the fact that they are the UK suppliers, they don’t know I have written this and haven’t encouraged me with any freebies (although I did first fall in love with it back in 2011 when they sent me some samples) I am just being selfish; I want to be able to get black garlic when I go shopping.
In other news …
I have just published a little ebooklet, just 77p, with 40-ish sorbet and granita recipes as a companion to my ice cream book “100+ Luscious Ice Creams without a Machine” (even this is only £1.85 and as that is less than a carton of ice cream I think it’s a bargain). Hopefully the sun will be out sometime soon and you might need these!