Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Garlic Knights.






Six am. Bob announces that it's a beautiful day. His sister agrees. No need for an alarm clock in this household. PON timekeeping is as precise as it gets.

We've forgotten that it's the first of the annual garlic auctions. Our usual parking spot taken by a silver Mercedes with Paris number plates. The road down to the cafe under the arcades lined with local farmers peddling their 2014 harvest. Even though it's barely gone six thirty there's already a small crowd of French buying their coming years supply .

Outside the library the Knights of the Grand Confraternity of Garlic are gathering ahead of the public auction. The mornings commerce will be followed by a lunch in the market hall. For €13 there's garlic soup, garlic tart, chicken in garlic, ice cream and coffee. After the illicit half croissant Bob and Sophie linger by the open door to the town hall kitchens where the first of the lunchtime chicken and garlic is beginning to be slow roasted.


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  1. Garlic is a wonderful thing, but I hope the ice cream was a different flavour.

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    1. Or is that chicken in garlic, ice-cream and coffee?!
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  2. Garlic chicken - delicious.
    But with that menu it's probably best that all the family members eat lunch, or none at all!

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    1. I meant to add "garlic nights might otherwise prove unsavoury"!

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  3. Was the illicit half croissant also garlic flavoured?

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  4. GARLIC: not meaning to be a spoil-sport, but taking caution none the less: do take care with the fresh garlic and your PON DUO. Even the smallest amount of garlic (onion as well) can cause toxic poisoning in dogs - and even death. This goes for fresh, as well as cooked, garlic. Well meaning fan, from the Westcoast of Canada.

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  5. Hopefully dere wasn't garlic in da coffee, BOL!

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  6. I love auctions, but I can't imagine buying a year's worth of garlic at one time.
    It's nice to see a lady among the Knights of the Grand Confraternity of Garlic members....hope she isn't just a token member but holds a distinctive position in the organisation.

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    1. I fear that may be Miss Garlic 2014 .

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  7. That's a lot of garlic! Does it smell like an Italian restaurant all over town?

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    1. Only the sort of Italian restaurant that serves nothing els but garlic pizza !

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  8. Luncheon attendees will surely have their own experience with garlic nights. I'd love to have the home air freshener concession.

    Garlic and onions to a lesser degree are very toxic to dogs and cats. Effects can cause death. Do take care.

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