So, loving all things Provence, I decided to try my hand at aioli. I felt it may be somewhat of a daunting task as I had recently watched an episode of ‘ Anthony Bourdain No Reservations’, where he decided this was something too difficult and finnicky for him to try and attempt. Still, it felt like a challenge and it sure looked good slathered all over those lovely veggies so I was willing to give it a go. Now I must add that months ago I planted garlic and luckily it was ready for harvesting as I made my decision to make a pot of aioli. The bulbs were very small but there was definitely an added bonus and a little pride in being able to use my own garlic. So the recipe and method go as follows:
2 – 4 large cloves of garlic ( use more if your cloves are small)
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1 cup of olive oil
In a mortar and pestle, grind up the garlic and salt to a very smooth paste, don’t cheat here, it has to be very smooth. Add egg yolks one at a time and continue to stir with the pestle incorporating really well and keeping a thick, smooth consistancy, add olive oil a few drops at a time and continue to stir with the pestle, keep doing this until you’ve used all the olive oil, your arm will be quite tired but I believe if you do this on a regular basis you will develop amazing upper body strength! When you are finished the aioli should be thick enough to stand the pestle upright in the aioli. If you like you can add a couple of tbsp. of lemon juice for extra flavour. Serve this over steamed potatoes, carrots, green beans, asparagus, boiled eggs, poached or pan fried cod fish, just about anything you want. It packs incredible flavour to just about anything although I don’t think serving it over ice cream would be a good choice here. Needless to say it turned out to be a great success, all it took was a little patience. This recipe requires patience more than anything else, without it there’s a good chance your aioli will split and turn into a great disappointment, so steady on, it was well worth the effort! To complete the meal I baked a couple of loaves of french bread. I’ve been looking for the right recipe for french bread for ages and finally think I’ve found it!, but that’s another post! Happy Eating!