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Black garlic spelt grain with nutty broccoli

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I love Black garlic spelt as a lunch dish. The spelt grain is naturally very nutty, which matches great with the broccoli. It is a very healthy and filling dish. It provides good nutrition and lots of energy to continue your day.

The black garlic used in the dish, gives it a beautiful sweet, tamarind like flavour. Together with a good vegetable stock, and a good big splash of wine, it really gives a beautiful subtle flavour to the spelt.

Some people don’t like the chewiness of spelt. I personally think it adds to the experience of this dish. However long you will cook the spelt grains, they will always remain slightly chewy. It will normally take 30-40 minutes to cook the spelt.

You can choose to reduce all the liquid, by letting it continue to cook uncovered for the last 5 minutes. Or you might want to serve it with some liquid, which is very nice as well.

What is black garlic?

Black garlic is a fermented garlic. Aged under very specific conditions, with heat and humidity. It was first used in Asian cuisine, but has now become popular in the USA and Europe.

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The strong garlic flavour is completely softened after ageing. It produces a mild, almost caramel like flavour. You cannot substitute black garlic for white garlic, as the flavour is incomparable. And in general you will need to use a lot more black garlic as you would use normal garlic in a dish.

Black garlic can be eaten alone, in sauces, crushed in vegetables or you can make a vinaigrette with it. It has a very subtle flavour. You can kneed the black garlic into a paste, and dissolve it in a little bit of warm water. You can then use the dark coloured water in a potato puree, or other neutral dishes.

Black garlic is used in many high-end cuisines.

Black garlic spelt uses…

For me, black garlic is great to make spelt grain just a little bit more interesting. In this dish the spelt grain is the main ingredient, accompanied with the stir-fried broccoli.

But you can use black garlic spelt in many more ways. Sometimes I just sprinkle a little over roasted pumpkin (works great with pumpkin!), or I add just a little of it to a salad. It is very particular in flavour and texture, and therefore more often used just as a accompaniment instead of being used as a main ingredient of a dish.

You could make some and keep it in the fridge for 4 days.

A glass anyone?

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I ‘ll keep it simple. This dish really just works best with a nice fruity young red. Think of a young fruity pinot noir, or a young gamay.

I hope you can find some black garlic in your local area, so you can start experimenting. It is such a beautiful subtle product to work with. Let me know what you came up with in comment below, or add @haricoco1 to your instagram post.

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