Garlic Bread and Two Lessons


Last time we went to visit Carlos and Ana, we were sitting by the table, ready for lunch, and Andrés Ignacio (9) said he was craving for garlic bread. Then, Carlos kindly took him to the kitchen to make garlic bread!

I couldn’t believe my eyes. My gourmet boy was mincing garlic with a chef knife. Then, he creamed garlic butter with chopped parsley, was standing by the stove carefully toasting to perfection the sliced pieces of a French baguette and finally offered us the best garlic bread ever!

Before they started to cook, Carlos explained to Andrés every single step of the process and checked that he understood everything. Then, wisely kept his distance and strategically monitored him. So, Andrés was the cook (he likes to say “I’m the chef mama”.) What a lesson for me to see my boy so carefully dealing with a knife, by the stove and being so mature and independent.

Two days later, we were home and Andrés invited his brother Tomás Eugenio (7) for a garlic bread snack. I offered my help but Andrés wanted to do it by himself. “I’m the chef mama”, he reminded me. I just monitored the knife and stove thing. When the snacks were ready, Tomás complained about the garlic being “too spicy.” He was right. This time the garlic bread was extremely garlicky.

I thought it was time for my boy to learn another cooking lesson. Cooking is about proportions. We write recipes to remember those proportions, so every time we cook something, we get the same results. So I came to write the recipe for my big boy and decided to share it with you. This an easy yet flavorful garlic bread recipe, unbeatable to start lunch or dinner, or even as a snack as Andrés likes it!

Garlic Bread |Ingredients for 4 portions
1 French baguette sliced into 1/3 inch slices
2 garlic cloves minced
3 Tbs. of butter, room temperature
½ Tbs. of fresh parsley chopped

In a mortar, muddle the garlic with the pestle. Add the butter and keep muddling until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add the parsley and mix. Set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, toast the slices of bread, checking constantly and turning them when the edges start to get golden to brownish. Toast the other side. Take the toast out of the pan and spread with the garlic butter.

To print the recipe click here.


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