Unlike writing (allegedly manuscripts do not burn), cooking is a transient art, swept away by Time just as the Tibetan sand paintings. Just as with the sand paintings, the sweeping away itself is a ritual. Business lunch, romantic dinner, coffee break. Just like birthdays meals remind us that we are alive. They celebrate not a full year, but a few hours of being. One of the reasons I cook, eat, and write is to remember that I am here, and happy to be so.
The important thing is: enjoy your time in the kitchen and at the table equally. The process counts. Today: a very simple, but satisfying Monday dinner that involves, you guessed it, slow cooking. I didn't specify any quantities, because it doesn't matter, and spontaneity is a good thing.
What you need:
onion, sliced into thin half-moons
garlic cloves, whole and peeled
1 garlic clove, chopped
greens and ground black pepper to garnish
How to do it:
The key is slow-cooking the garlic. It takes about 30-40 minutes for it to cook to a lovely golden crust and soft sweet flesh. Put some oil in a skillet drop the whole cloves in and set on the lowest setting, so that the oil barely bubbles. As you cook the rest, periodically turn the cloves over.
Boil the cauliflower blooms in well-salted water until just barely raw. Pour out the water. On medium heat saute onion and bacon chopped into pieces with just a little of oil. When the onion starts to brown, add cauliflower and several capricorns. A tiny bit later add the chopped garlic clove for extra garlic aroma. Saute until the cauliflowers are just touched by the gold (at least that's how I like them).
Turn off the heat and add the slow-cooked garlic cloves to the cauliflower. Squeeze lime over the dish and mix. Garnish with greens, ground black pepper, coarse sea salt, and take your time not just cooking the garlic, but eating it as well. Italians were onto something when they started the Slow Food Movement.