Saturday, August 18, 2012

Garlic Bread PLUS update: eighteen


As summer stretches on, it has come to my attention that I will be turning eighteen in about half a year. That means I have but six months left to complete the other eleven items on my eighteen before eighteen list. I’ve gotten dressed up; I’ve watched all six seasons of Lost; I’ve cookie ninja-ed a complete stranger; I’ve had a proper sleepover; I’ve run for student council; I’ve biked from Edward Gardens to the Lakeshore; I’ve visited Cornell for three weeks. Suffice to say, I’ve done all the easy stuff.


This summer, I’m hoping to see the sunrise, finish reading War and Peace, go vegetarian for a week, and get my G2 driver’s licence. I’m not quite sure what to first though. Theoretically, to wake up extremely early for one morning to see the sunrise should be easier than to finish reading the 875 or so pages I have left of War and Peace, but waking up early is really, really hard to do in the summer. Incidentally, I’ve decided to tackle the issue of getting my driver’s licence.


I’ve been driving for nearly a year and a half now and I’d like to think that I’m a decent driver, save for my less than stellar parking skills. On a particularly balmy Civic Holiday afternoon, I practiced driving to the test center with my mom. We headed east out of the city. In unfamiliar territory, I missed the turn onto the street which led to the test center, so I kept driving in hopes of doubling back on a different road.


“You can’t miss this turn,” my mom counselled as we approached the stoplight, “otherwise we’ll end up on the highway.” A stark image of my mother holding onto her seat for dear life while I tried not to steer the car into oncoming traffic at a hundred kilometres an hour popped into my head. Driving at seventy already left my palms sweaty—I didn’t want to know what would happen at a hundred kilometres an hour.


I signalled to turn right. The car in front of us moved forward with a lurch. Suddenly the driver backed up a little bit and got out of his car. It appeared that he had rear-ended the car in front of him. “Um, Mom,” I asked worriedly. “What do I do? Do I drive around them?” Cars from behind us were changing lanes and whizzing by.

“Yoooouuu,” my mother replied, stretching the word out into three syllables, “get out of the car and let me drive.”


Disaster averted, we located the test center and practiced parking and driving in the area. On our way home, we dropped by the grocery store to buy some bread. As I approached the bakery section, the scent of freshly baked bread wafted towards me. Suddenly, I was hit with the hugest craving for garlic bread.  After some debate, I managed to convince my mom that we would finish the entire baguette, that I would personally eat the entire thing if I had to, and that half of a stale baguette would not end up in the garbage (like it apparently usually did).

The second I got home, I asked all my family members if they wanted garlic bread. As it turned out, Dad and my older brother were still seated around the TV watching the women’s soccer game. “As much as I can have,” was how my brother responded, his eyes glued to the screen. Well, then, I thought. Better use the whole baguette.


I minced several cloves of garlic and then sautéed it gently in some olive oil. (This helps take some of the “bite” away.) I mixed the garlic with the butter and added some salt, parsley, and white truffle paste. Using the sharpest knife in the kitchen—which, coincidentally, is the steak knife with which I cut myself last year—I sliced the bread. I slathered the garlic butter onto the bread and toasted it for 5 minutes at 400F.

The results were delicious. Garlicky, buttery, slightly crispy bread heaven. I had had the intention to save some garlic bread for my younger brother, who wasn’t home, but all bets were off when my mom, who had said she couldn’t eat crispy things because of her sensitive teeth, snatched up the last piece.

23 comments:

  1. My, this looks delicious! It sounds like you've had a busy summer. I hope the rest of it is wonderful for you :)

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  2. i love garlic bread and i love your presentation of it. yay to checking off things on your bucket list! easy things or non-easy things, it doesn't matter, you accomplished them. sometimes, i even write down shower on a to-do list just to check something off and feel good about myself. LOL!

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  3. Garlic bread is the best! Just reading/ looking at the pictures in this post and reading your description of it is giving me a craving! :)

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  4. Mmm this garlic bread looks incredible - and I bet you will have ur list ready, 6 months is going to be enough time :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. My mom was an absolute nightmare to learn to drive with. The first (and only) time she took me out for driving lessons, she made me so nervous that I ended up in someone's yard. It was horrifying (and now, totally hilarious). Garlic + carbs is always a win! The perfect treat for making headway on your list!

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  6. Hi Kyleen, I laughed while reading your post today. I´m turning "xx" today, so it´s my birthday, and if I had to complete a list, believe me it wouldn´t be 18 items, LOL.Let´s say you could be my daughter.
    Congratulations TO YOU for being such a good cook at 17 honey!!!, I´m sure you´re going to be an excellent cook.
    Love
    Marialuisa

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  7. It looks excellent! Garlic bread is one of these simple edible wonders... Looking at your blog I'm in awe at your culinary skills at... 18!!! Congratulations!

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  8. Garlic bread goes well with pretty much anything. I wish I had a piece of this right now!

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  9. Lovely, lovely, beautiful, as always!!

    Going vegetarian for a week will be easy too. ;-)

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  10. I have forgotten how much I love garlic bread until I saw your post. Thanks for reminding me, I'm looking forward to making your version. Turning 18 soon? Enjoy it!

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  11. Great post! I am sure you can totally finish all that is left on your list. Good luck!

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  12. I love it when posts focus on awesome simplicity. This is totally perfect. We (ok...I especially and) definitely love eating garlic bread and this is the most perfect example of how deliciously easy-going yet flavorful food should be. I just love it.
    Have a good one. Enjoy some extra for me too...looks fantstic.

    ~Kate

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  13. Reading War and Peace is a must-do before 18 - it is a great character builder. Seeing the sunset is worthwhile when you are somewhere like Angkor Wat in Cambodia with the sun rising behind it - spectacular. I must have a good look around your blog. I am interested in the fact that you are only 18 and taking this path.

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  14. Great list! I need to make mine...but it will have to be much longer due to my advanced age ;) Your garlic bread looks terrific!

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  15. I could certainly eat a whole baguette of this! Singlehandedly!

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  16. I just found your site after signing up for Have the Cake challenge. I am really impressed that you are only 18 and already making such wonderful dishes. You have some great things on your list! I am not a big fan of garlic bread, but yours looks so yummy, I may have to change my mind. By the way, I am now following you and I liked your facebook page! Look forward to seeing what you will be cooking, baking next!

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  17. You are well on your way to completing that list. I think going vegetarian for a week will be MUCH easier than you expect. I'm thinking about going vegan for a bit, and I'm hoping it will be the same way! Good luck! I'll be excited to hear how it goes!

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  18. Hi, Kyleen! Glad you came by my blog (Tartine and Apron Strings)...! Because now, I found your delightful corner of the world :) By the way, just to let you know, I am on my last 2 episodes of Lost :)

    You know, for an 18-year-old, you have accomplished quite a lot! Truthfully, I can't even remember what I was doing at 18! Certainly not cooking and baking...! Now on to your garlic bread...they look soooooooo delicious!

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  19. Now I'm craving garlic bread. OK, I actually have been for a few weeks, on and off but I never have good bread for it. You've just made my craving WAY worse. I think I need to run to the store for some good bread :D

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  20. 18 before 18.. I have started a list of 30 before I'm 30, and I haven't even completed writing down what I want to do :p
    This garlic bread looks delicious! I have never made garlic bread, but now I definitely want to try!

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  21. 18! :) I couldn't remember much of the things i had wanted to do. I'm pretty sure I didn't succeed becoming an astronaut if i had wanted to be. Get wild! Do something ridiculous, i guess :D

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  22. Yummo - this garlic bread looks delectable.

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