Fermented Honey Garlic is incredibly versatile, easily making any dish more exciting – meats and vegetables, as a dip or a marinade. Simple. Holley made this one, but I wanted to chat today. Teamwork.
Disappointment in the Human Race
I don't typically pay that close attention to the news in general. Not because I don't care about what's going on or that it's not interesting, because neither are true. It's just too much of a this-is-what-is-totally-screwed-up-with-the-world, focus-on-the-negative, list of things that make me frustrated and sad. I do care, maybe too much. And I do find everything interesting. But I find that it can really take a lot out of me.
I'll be honest: I don't really get what's happening in Syria and the more I ask people about it, the less I understand why a) there are so many problems there and b) why nobody is doing anything to help. Anyway, the other day I was listening to CBC Radio's “Q”, about Amnesty International's digital recreation of Syria's Saydnaya torture prison. It was amazing how they recreated the sounds based on former detainees, while soul-crushing to hear about their experiences.
Yesterday I finally took a look at the Amnesty International website. and listened to the interviews and recreated sound-experience for about half an hour. To say that it is brutal is a severe understatement. I can't believe that real people are being treated like that, or that it is real people who are causing this torture.
How was I supposed to deal with my own problems after listening to this? I felt bad for feeling bad about the frustrations in my life.
I was mentally and emotionally drained after listening to these men who had survived. What is wrong with people?! How can we treat each other so poorly?? I felt ashamed of human-kind.
Restored Faith in Humanity
As I continued my day, wallowing in my sadness, I found it difficult to find the inspiration to accomplish much. Then I got a call. It was from an unknown number. When I answered the phone, the chipper voice which I initially thought I recognized said,
“Hello! I just called to tell you that you are an amazing person and wish you a great day!”
Slowly the words started to penetrate my mind… whoa. At the same time I realized that I didn't know this person. “Thank you! You too,” I managed. “OK, bye!” he said.
And just as the caller was about to hang up I blurted out “Wait! Who is this?”
“Ethan. I just randomly dialed your number.”
That call completely changed my day. It brought the smile back to my face. It is amazing how such a seemingly small gesture could impact me so much. I was brought back into a place of wanting to brighten peoples' days. I told a couple people about the call. Had some good talks about how the Universe can show you love when you need it.
I needed to pay this forward. I dialed a random number. Out of service. Attempt number two: a middle-aged woman answered. I repeated Ethan's message. She kind of chuckled, a little uncomfortable. I could feel the words percolating in her head and when I said goodbye I could tell that she wanted to ask the same questions I had had. But it was too late: I was gone.
You are an Amazing Person
You are. I believe that, and want you to too.
I'm not asking you to make a call like that. But maybe you should. It's amazing the impact the love of a stranger can have. I just watched the Tony Robbins: I'm Not Your Guru on Netflix last night and it was one of the big take-aways that I was left contemplating. I think it's obvious that I want to share love through food. If I didn't, The Primal Desire wouldn't exist. I'm glad that you're here right now and I hope that you are sharing love inspired by our recipes.
You couldn't ask for an easier way than using Holley's Fermented Honey Garlic. It's seriously good (look forward to her Honey Garlic Chicken soon!), easy, and beautiful.
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for those delicious cloves to ferment in that golden honey!
- Fido jar, or Jar with a cover
- Peeled garlic cloves
- Raw honey
- In a clean dry jar, place the garlic cloves, you want to leave a little room at the top.
- Pour the honey into the jar coving the cloves but again making sure there is some space at the top. As the garlic ferments in the honey, it can bubble up.
- Make sure the garlic cloves stay covered with honey, and that you regularly “burp” the lid of the fido jar or covering. Let sit for 4 weeks, or 28 days.
- The garlic will darken, and the honey slightly more liquid, and then you know it is ready!
Once fermented, you can pop that raw garlic in your mouth, it's delicious and sweet. Or add the raw honey to lemon tea to boost your immune system, or soothe a sore throat.