Chicken with Garlic, Not Beloved By Vampires
Professor Quirrell, in addition to appearing nervous and scared of his shadow, had an odd smell about him. It had been rumored that he'd run into vampires while in Albania, and the experience had broken his nerve. In addition to being easily spooked, he went around with a cache of garlic in his turban. He also insisted on eating garlic everyday, adding to his "aura."
Headmaster Dumbledore tactfully asked the house elves to find an alternate way to deal with Quirrell's need to ingest garlic daily. He'd often chew the cloves raw at breakfast, making him unbearable for the whole day. Dumbledore reasoned that if the whole school ate garlic, they'd notice the Dark Arts professor's strong odor much less. But knowing he could not order everyone to eat raw garlic, he thought the kitchen staff could come up with something more palatable.
This recipe originated from a French witchy brew; it was so popular that James Beard -- who's mother was rumored to be a witch in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest -- actually popularized it in the Muggle world. It's delicious served with crusty bread and a green salad of bitter leaves. The juices from the chicken could be used to dress the salad, and the softened, surprisingly sweet and mild whole garlic cloves are great mashed and spread on the bread. Or serve it with plain mashed potatoes. All of Hogwart's -- both teachers and students -- thoroughly enjoyed it, and actually looked forward to the redolent puffs of garlic-imbued steam emanating from the kitchens, even after Harry Potter had defeated Quirrell. Nice that the dark wizard left a positive legacy, after all!
If you wish, you can leave the garlic in the papery covering and cook it that way. Squeeze the soft garlic out as you eat the chicken with bread or potatoes.
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