Simple Garlic Beet Salad
1 lb beets
4 cloves garlic ( peeled and crushed)
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Place beets, tops removed, in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer until beets are tender.
Drain beets, cool in cold water and peel.
Slice the beets into rounds 1/4 inch thick and quarter the rounds if the beets are large.
Put beets in a bowl.
Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar and crushed garlic. Pour over the beets and stir to coat.
Season with salt and pepper.
Traditional Czech Garlic Soup
There are many versions of this delicious soup, all made with garlic, onion and potato as the base. You can add ginger, dill, crushed caraway seeds, parsley, cubes of cheese, croutons.... It is reputed to cure everything from colds to hangovers. It tastes good too!
• 1 medium onion, diced
•2 tablespoons butter
• 8 cloves garlic, minced
• 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
• 2 medium potato, diced into small pieces
1/4 cup chopped parsley (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan over medium heat, sauté onion in butter until soft. Add 8 cloves garlic, and sauté 2 to 3 minutes more. Stir in broth and heat to a low boil. Add potato, and simmer until soft. Add parsley and simmer 2-3 minutes longer.