Initially we smashed the garlic flat. While it was an interesting visual and a great way to transfer the flavor to different components of the dish, the beautiful individual cloves have a distinct personality which we want to keep intact. That is not to say we will not be smashing this garlic again, just that we are not convinced that it's the best way to highlight the unique qualities of the ingredient.
Today produced more failures than successes although these early attempts have helped fertilize our blossoming ideas. The black garlic has provided some fresh inspiration. Tomorrow we'll see where it takes us.