Yesterday I had an assignation at Liverpool Street Station in London with a man I'd never met before called Dan (at least that what he said his name was).
We agreed to meet at 11.30 BST.
He said I'd recognise him by the flowers and the gentle aroma of garlic. How he was going to identify me we didn't establish. Gave me plenty of get out but not him.
Fortunately there aren't that many people just standing looking like they are waiting for a man bearing a wild garlic plant at that time of day - most people are busy rushing to or from somewhere. Me, I was just loitering.
Anyway along came a guy with a garlic plant and I reasoned there wasn't going to be 2 people doing this so I said 'Hi' and as luck would have it it was Dan! We chatted bit, Dan told me about how to look after the plant and what to expect. We compared foodie notes. I handed him a sample of my home made sloe vodka (vintage 2006) as a thank you and he went off to carry on his day job (and sneak a nip of vodka I think) and I took the garlic for a coffee followed by lunch - most enjoyable and not too many odd looks.
The plant is now at home, the cats have checked it out and decided its not for them, I sampled some today at lunch and was impressed, so next up is to plant it at the shady end of the garden and hope that next year we have a good crop.
I can't wait for a feast of wild garlic next year :)
With big thanks to Dan over at FoodUrchin for giving me a little bit of his garden.