Posted by bluedog on February 21, 2003, at 9:36:21
In reply to Re: Ginger and garlic » bluedog, posted by IsoM on February 20, 2003, at 13:08:20
The medicine men and women from old cultures knew a lot more about medicine than the modern medical school trained and drug company brain-washed physicians do!!!!!!! What REALLY annoys me is scientists and drug companies taking credit for "discoveries" that have been known and used by ancient cultures for thousands of years. Also it is very upsetting that evil large corporations are destroying vast amounts of natural forest each year that may contain medicines and herbs that were previously used and have long since been forgotten or passed from human memories.
I use Garlic and ginger together in almost ALL of my home cooking together with HEAPS of onion (same family as garlic). I'm not talking small amounts either...not just one pussy clove of garlic in my cooking...I like to use at least half a bulb which probably equates to 5,6, or 7 cloves of garlic. I'll then use about the same volume of ginger.
I definitely notice a MAJOR difference in my mood and energy levels when I cook in this way. I reckon my food is dull and tasteless if I don't use ginger and garlic as the base taste ingredients.
I'm not really one for recipes and I'll usually throw together whatever takes my fancy. So along with the base ingredients of garlic, ginger and onion I will then add generous lashings of any other herb or vegetable that takes my fancy on a particular night and use free range organic chicken to provide the protein I need.
I often also add basil, oregano, pepper and coriander to vary the base flavours. Then I might chuck in some soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce and olive oil and even sherry to add different flavours.
If I DO cook from a recipe that includes ginger and/or garlic I will generally always double, triple or even quadruple the amounts recommended in the recipe.
I don't think my breath ever stinks. I think if you eat garlic often enough your body adapts and is able to digest it more easily thus elimating the garlic breath that can occur. In any event I don't find garlic breath at all offensive:).
The only recommendation I can make is avoid ginger tea too close towards bed time because it can be a little bit activating.