You know that blond joke where the blond goes to the doctor and says “Doctor it hurts when I do this (pokes finger on leg) and when I do this (pokes finger on face) and this (pokes finger on arm)” and the doctor says “That’s because you’re finger is broken”?

Last night I made 44-clove garlic soup, from Smitten Kitchen and today I can’t escape the smell of garlic.* It seems like the bedroom smells and the bathroom smells and the kitchen smells and the couch smells and, jeez, just everywhere I go smells like garlic! How long do you think it took before this blond figured out her finger was broken?

Apparently, the smell/taste(?) of garlic is not only coming off my skin but has made it into my breastmilk and Baby Evan LOVES IT. So despite his sharp, pointy teeth and super pale skin I guess we’ve ruled out any possibility he’s a vampire (unless he’s one of those stupid, wimpy Twilight vampires who aren’t allergic to garlic and spend all their time sparkling and stalking women). He nursed ALL NIGHT and then four more times before 11 am and made “ah-ah-ah-ah-ah” noises every time I tried to detach him for a minute. I’m hoping this is just temporary. No one’s ever smelled like garlic FOREVER, right? Maybe if I start mixing garlic into his baby food I’ll have more success with the solids. What do you think we should start with, mango-pear & garlic or apple-banana & garlic?

*For the record, it was totally worth it. Oh em gee is that soup delicious and creamy and so so easy, even with my ridiculously cheap leaky blender.

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7 Responses to “Vampire-Proof”

  1. Brigid Keely says:

    Hahaha! I just made “40 cloves and a chicken” on Sunday because Nesko had Monday off and can’t eat that when he has work the next day because his coworkers complain that he smells “too Eastern European” when he does so.

    Most babies hate garlic and get really upset tummies from it. As usual, Evan is the amazing super advanced exception to the norm.

  2. Amanda (breamworthy on Jezebel) says:

    In the past, I’ve used garlic cloves to deal with yeast infections. You insert them like vaginal suppositories (well, not LIKE vaginal suppositories – AS vaginal suppositories, I guess) and they deal with the yeast. The thing is, about 2 minutes after you put the garlic in, you start tasting it in your mouth. It’s moderately freaky, but it goes away shortly after the garlic is removed.

  3. ryan says:

    about three lines in i was going to suggest adding a few cloves of roasted garlic to that squash you’re going to make.

    what does one do with a baby that won’t give up the boob? have you gotten any advice on this?

  4. bebehblog says:

    Amanda – Well if it works in that…direction, then maybe it works the other way too. I guess I’m safe from yeast infections for a couple days!

    Ryan – All the advice I’ve gotten falls into two categories: 1. Just live with it until he gets older (subtext: you’re lucky you get to stay home with him you selfish witch why wouldn’t you treasure every single precious nursing moment????) or 2. If he gets hungry enough he WILL take a bottle (subtext: stop letting your baby control your life you wimpy pushover, you’re spoiling him and it won’t kill him to just let him cry for a while).

    So I’ve stopped asking for advice and figure he’ll take a cup eventually. Right? RIGHT?????!?!?!?!

  5. Kelsey says:

    Ohh yumm I just adore garlic! I will have to try and find and make this soup it sounds just divine!

  6. Think of the benefits! No colds this winter! Solicitors will run from your front door, pitches unheard! Besides the sheer deliciousness, I am seeing only the upside here…

  7. Meg says:

    Hey, I had garlic ice cream in July! No joke! Vanilla ice cream with garlic. Gilroy, CA is the garlic capitol and I happened to be passing through.

    So garlic in the baby food isn’t all that outlandish an idea…

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