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Garlic Bread

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Everyone's posting RL things, imma join in the fad, too!

IRL, I am a level 1 CUL. Yesterday was a cold and rainy day here in Malaysia, so I decided to make myself some warm toasty garlic bread.

To make garlic bread, you need garlic butter. You can buy it from stores, but they always use palm oil or margarine, and never give you the good stuff. I think it is way tastier to make your own garlic butter. Not only can it be enjoyed on bread, it's quite versatile, too! You can melt some on a steak, oven baked fish, or roasted vegetables, it's amazing. Here's my recipe:

Garlic herb butter

Ingredients:

200g unsalted butter
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp dried parseley
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
Optional salt to taste

Procedure:

Let the butter soften at room temperature, then mix in the ingredients with a fork. Form the butter into a roll using baking paper and store in the fridge. You can use fresh herbs which is tastier, but then the butter does not keep as long.

I spread it on bread (whole meal bread is the healthiest, but I couldn't find any, so I bought a baguette instead) and roasted it in the oven at 200 Celcius for around 8 min. When the bread starts to brown at the edges, it's ready to serve!

To make it a complete meal I also made a cherry tomato salad to go with it.

Cherry tomato salad

Ingredients:

200g cherry tomatoes
Fresh basil
Canned black olives
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Salt & black pepper to taste

Procedure:

Quarter the cherry tomatoes and dice the black olives. Finely chop the basil leaves. Mix in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, add a dash of balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

The results:



This was surprisingly expensive to make at around RM 12, or a little less than USD $3. So, it's not exactly budget eating for me. The culprit is the fresh basil which is kind of expensive here, that alone cost me USD $1 and I can't think of a cheaper substitute. Still, it was tasty and easy to make. Warm, buttery garlic bread on a rainy day is the best!
Comments (6)

Aala Konane

Midgardsormr (Aether)

I guess it depends where you are. I feel $3 is actually good. Everything seems so inflated in the US. I'm going to try out your recipe ^^. Looks very yummy!

Zyrys Lyehga

Adamantoise (Aether)

wow thanks for sharing <3
Maybe grow basil? It's easy to grow even by the window and once you have basil you can make pesto :D

Annabel Ashcroft

Faerie (Aether)

Wait, $3 is expensive?

Looking at those ingredients, they would cost a hell of a lot more than $3 at the grocery store here, but you did not say the quantity of the ones you bought.

I once made a marinated roast chicken salad with candied almonds for a Valentine's day dinner. The ingredients for it came to about 40 dollars. Yeah, it would have been cheaper and LESS work to just go out to a restaurant. ;p

But damn, you should have smelled that kitchen while it was cooking, heavenly. ;p

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Lol! Living standards (and income ofc) are much lower here than in the U.S. So $3 is, well, it's not super costly, but it also can't be considered cheap when the average meal costs me a little over $2. Your American dollars are very expensive you know!

If you try it out, hope you enjoy!

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Zyrys, that's actually a really good idea. I have seen pots of basil in the supermarket, and they're about the same cost as the packaged ones. They should grow well in this warm climate too.

The only thing is I don't eat basil very often, but it's definitely an idea to consider, thanks!

Siglinde Skysworn

Sargatanas (Aether)

Yes Anna! You have to remember, this is a developing country lol. I used like... 1 handful of olives? And maybe the same amount of fresh basil? It's a salad, forget the measurements and yolo! Lol.

You are right, sometimes it can be hard to save $ by cooking at home. I guess restaurants have economy of scale, and they are experienced in cost-cutting? But cooking for yourself, you know exactly what goes into your food. No hygiene or health worries there!
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