It was, indeed, a wonderful July summer day when several members of the Maryland Chapter of the Tasha Tudor Society gathered at Chris' to make garlic braids. . . .
Our June gathering at Surreybrooke garden nursery was rained out so it was especially nice to be on the second-story porch of Chris's barn, chatting away as we braided garlic tops (leaves), enjoying the sunny, not too hot nor too humid, morning. Chris grew the garlic in her garden and is showing us the difference between the hardneck garlic, which can't be used for braiding, and the softneck garlic tops (on the table) which we'll be using. The garlic bulbs have been cleaned and the tops have been between moist towels awaiting our arrival. . . .
Chris gave us instructions (which you can find here) and showed us how to get started. The first part can be tricky (at least it was for me!) because you must wrap the tops in a certain order as you lay another bulb of garlic in the bunch. . . .
Then it's just a matter of braiding the tops. We chose ribbons and strips of fabric to interweave as we braided. Then we added dried flowers and fruit. . . .
VOILA!. . . .
Aren't they pretty. . . .
The table was set for the lunch awaiting us. . . .
Chris prepared the leek and potato soup, served cold, with chopped cucumbers. The rest of us brought the bread, spaghetti salad, and gingerbread with lemon sauce. . . .
Chris gave us recipes for Garlic Vinaigrette and Garlic and Honey, which can be found here: The Goodness of Garlic and for Garlic Soup.
More scenes from the bank barn's porch. . . .
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