Roasted Garlic & Rosemary on Crusty Bread
It seems like my blog has become a place for quarterly posts, there’s just so much to do and I haven’t made much time to share. In the midst of summer, my garden is full of abundance. I’m forever in awe of Mother Nature’s bounty… Today, I finally felt the oomph to post this amazingly hearty spread made with home-grown garlic. Thanks, Gastropost, for challenging me to be a part of their unique project! Participating in this project helped me focus my mind to create something delicious!
But before we explore the new recipe, I’d like to share something more personal. To tell you the truth, I have been in a dark place for a while. I have felt so deflated that I lost my appetite to create… Everyday got darker and darker to the point where I was at the point of losing precious things in my life. I felt vulnerable, scared, fearful of the unknown… I had remained where I was unhappy too long, feeling so caught up and thinking that it would be impossible to turn my life right-side up… But one day, I gathered all my strength, stood up for myself and said NO to my circumstances.
The deciding factor to make a change came from reflecting on my life. What I have achieved as a person, as me, is not so big but is big enough that I feel content with myself. I remembered how grateful I was at some prior points in my life and thought about why? It was because I had remained true to who I was. I stayed true to my core values, not letting anyone or any circumstance change who I was. Mind you, I’m open to feedback and welcome opinions, but being taken advantage of is something that I cannot accept. That’s something that crushes me to pieces and deflates me to the point where my health declines, self-esteem is hurt, and I find myself increasingly cursing myself for accepting what I am doing … at the end it’s not good for anybody, especially for those closest to me.
During this difficult journey, I cannot tell you how much being in my garden helped heal my soul. I spent numerous hours sitting right on the pathway, feeling the soft grass on my bare feet, watching birds’ activities, sometimes hiding behind sweet pea bushes seeking a safe place, smelling ripening peaches on the tree in the heat of the afternoon sun. It was a pleasure to simply breathe, feeling the gentle breeze all over my body, being reminded of who I truly am. I am so grateful, nothing could help me but you, Mother Nature. You always calmed me down, washed away my anger, and cleansed my spirit to shine once again.
My dear garden friend gave me a piece of advice. “Peaceful acceptance.” Accept and choose to be peaceful. I will stick to this mantra for as long as I live along with the power of NO when the situation is right. Amazing thing is, since I let go of the negative energy, good things have already flown into my life. Thank you, my friend.
Thank you also to some of blogger colleagues for your encouragement, which has given me the strength to post once again to my own blog. I am so grateful for your support.
Roasted Garlic & Rosemary on Crusty Bread Recipe
Use fresh garlic in season for the best smooth taste.
Makes about a 200 ml container
6 garlic bulbs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 sprig rosemary, stripped to pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Good quality European rustic bread, sliced into ½ inch thickness, toasted
Good friends with whom to share
Preheat the oven to 375F. Cut off the bulb tops. Peel coarse layers off, leaving the last skin to keep bulbs intact.
Place the bulbs on individual pieces of aluminum foil. Top with rosemary. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil to the cut surfaces of each bulb. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Close each packet by twisting tightly at the top. Bake on a baking sheet for 45 to 50 minutes or until tender.
Spread butter on the toasts and smear with the garlic clove and rosemary packets. Adjust with salt and pepper.