The active component in garlic is the sulfur compound called allicin. Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised. Allicin is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. In fact, it’s said that 1 milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of penicillin.

Source: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/garlic-benefit.shtml

Chorizo, Tomatoes & Garlic Linguine

 fussyeater.netIts Saturday and I was really looking forward to the farmer’s market in Strathaven (and a wee spot of tea & scone in Alexander Taylor’s), only we didn’t end up going. We had to go to the car dealership in Glasgow because someone did a hit-and-run job on our car! It wasn’t badly damaged…though I can’t say the same about my pocket. Seems even the smallest dent costs an absolute fortune to fix! *Sigh* As if I’m not poor enough already.

 Since we were in Glasgow, M suggested we go to the farmer’s market there. Its been quite a while since we were last there and was pleasantly surprised to see a few new stalls. I didn’t get too much, I know its going to sound crazy but I felt like I was cheating on my local market lol!

I did get some lovely Clyde Valley Tomatoes and some fresh linguine from Pasta With Love. When I saw the tomatoes and fresh pasta, I immediately knew what I wanted for dinner. All I needed now was chorizo 🙂 You don’t have to make this with chorizo. You could leave it out completely and just have garlic+herbs+tomatoes or use whatever sausage you fancy instead. This recipe is so incredibly easy, you’ll be surprised how fast you managed to make dinner.

Ginger and Garlic Paste

Ginger and garlic paste is a permanent feature in my fridge. I don’t know what I would do without it. I use it most days and it’s something that can be found in almost every asian fridge. My mom makes two separate pastes i.e a tub of ginger paste and a tub of garlic paste,…