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Yep, you read this right. You see, I have a bad cold. I feel like curling in bed all day long but I can’t because of my various responsibilities. Basically, you can’t take a break from being a mum. It is not nice to be in apnea most of the time. My nose seems to have a mind of its own and I feel bad because I probably have used half of the tissues of the whole planet.
To make matters even worse, when I am like this, I crave the food of my childhood: brandade de morue, aioli, bougnette (respectively local fish pie with garlic, garlic mayonnaise & local version of garlic bread). So I decided to act on my cravings and all my meals, for the last few days, have come with some form of garlic. My daughters were a bit surprised to see me cook and add garlic into virtually anything but I didn’t give them much choice.
Come on, what’s not to love about garlic? They say that you mustn’t eat any garlic if you want to be kissed but hey, now that I am dangerously nearing forty I don’t care any more.

My garlicky breath didn’t seem to deter the guy who followed me for a while after lunch to try to buy me a cup of coffee when I was in fact rushing to pick up my younger one from school between sneezes. In fact, eating as much garlic as I can seems to give me a certain glow, despite my runny nose. Don’t worry, dear readers, you won’t smell anything while reading my blog. You are totally safe. At least that’s what I am told.
I am honestly starting to feel better after a couple of days of my new diet. But that’s it, I am hooked. I think that I will continue to eat garlic for a while. Beware!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • I have a love affair with garlic. We use it in most Indian cooking but I love using it in pastas and meats too. Thankfully, my husband loves it too – so no worries about garlic breath! 🙂

    • The thing is, I normally don’t use garlic. Or just a little bit. Something must be wrong with me!

  • Mmm, love garlic, especially garlic bread. I put in everything too, the more the better as far as I’m concerned. My DB loves it too, thank god…

    Have you tried a steam inhaler to clear your nose, with menthol or something? It often works well.

    • My cold has finally gone! I am normally not into garlic (apart from garlic bread!). I need to try the steam inhaler…

  • Yum! Garlic is such an important ingredient in Chinese cooking too. Cozy memories of home. =)

    • I hadn’t realised that garlic was so widely used!

  • Garlic is awesome! When I was told to not eat garlic in December last year I could have died! It’s back in the diet now thank goodness.

    • No garlic? Janine, how did you manage? Glad you can have it back!

  • Love garlic too! I heard somewhere that sometimes we crave what our bodies need, for health I mean. I’m sure that’s only partially true as I crave chocolate and junk food most days. Anyway, glad you are feeling better. I’ve had a cold for the past 3mos so I know how lousy it can make one feel.

    • You might well be right! Maybe eating garlic just cured me…How come you have had a cold for so long? Hope you are feeling better!

  • For me, when I am not feeling well, it is potatoes I crave, in any form. Now, to put a potato together with garlic, that may be the very best comfort food of all.

    • Sounds really nice. I totally need to try it. Yummy!

  • I am Indian! I put garlic in everything! 🙂 But I am with you, garlic is yummy! 🙂 And I see no reason to change!

  • Lisagusto

    Garlic is such a superfood. I eat it every day (every second day raw) 🙂