Garlic is related to the family of the onion, leek, chives and shallots. These are all members of the allium family. It is a root vegetable; the garlic bulb as we know it, grows underground. The bulb is made up of a variable number of cloves, that have a dry papery covering. It is one of the world's most important and best known products to season your dishes. There are about 300 different species of garlic to be found. Garlic is available in many different shapes; fresh, in powder form, dried, in slices. Garlic has a very characteristic taste and flavor, especially the fresh variation. This will however get milder as you bake it.
Garlic also keeps the vampires away; this myth probably finds its origin in he well known strong smell of garlic. Garlic would have a strong beneficial impact on the health. It is, however, not only used in the kitchen, it is said to have a number of medicinal properties. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure and will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. One of the natural constituents of garlic is also Alliin. When fresh garlic is chopped or crushed, the enzyme alliinase converts alliin into Allicin. Allicin is an antibiotic that has and anti-bacterial effect. The following garlic soup is not just incredibly delicious, but at the same time just plain healthy!
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Peel the garlic cloves and briefly roast them in some olive oil in a pan. Add the cashew nuts and the vegetable stock and mash for about 8 to 10 minutes into a creamy substance. Make sure the cream is homogeneous and that there are no bits and pieces of the cashew nuts left. Put the mixture in a pan. Cut the chili into strips and add to the mixture. Cook briefly and season with some Fleur de Sel and pepper. Serve in attractive soup bowls. Enjoy !