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Romantic and legendary.
Member Name: B-DISE
Date: 27/01/02, updated on 27/01/02 (326 review reads)
Advantages: Enhances food.
Disadvantages: Not any
Which finally remind me of Rosemary, known as “the lovers’ symbol of fidelity”, being romantic as well as it is legendary. It is classified as an evergreen shrub with its origin from the mint family. It also became very popular ages ago in England for decorative, medical and culinary reasons. Yes, and carpenters used its wood to make lutes. Oh and before I forget, Rosemary means, “dew of the sea”. It is known to flourish with better flavors when it is grown close to sea. Do not be mistaken, it grows practically everywhere and is a hardy shrub which I realized soon as our weather conditions are so very hot and dry most of the year with loads of sunshine.
My first few attempts with Rosemary in the garden lead to more disasters than I ever had in my kitchen! Efforts to combine Rosemary with other herbs proved fatal as it failed to grow into a lustrous shrub. Now, you may differ in opinion, but we all might as our weather conditions are so much different from each other all these kilometers apart. Adding to my toll of disasters were my efforts to hide the Rosemary from sunrays, which just proved to be another shocking failure. Imagine 46 degrees Celsius in the sun and tell me you would not be concerned too? Rosemary again proved me wrong.
Each new day the Rosemary shrub amazes me more, standing one meter above the ground, exposed to full sunrays from sunset to sundown, carrying th
e most fragile flowers smiling towards the sky. Its romantic fragrance overwhelms me day after day and at last there will be no more disasters looming.
Rosemary can easily be chopped or crumbed when dried and it enhances various foods we use every day. Instead of thyme, it could be used with beef, veal, pork and lamb. Barbecued chicken, roast mutton, simmered veal and herb glazed lamb you might find would have a distinct new flavor when you use Rosemary as the main ingredient. A change is always so refreshing or do you prefer not to agree? It also gives an amazing flavor to scone mixtures. Before you disagree again, why not try it first?
I have also used Rosemary in various soups like chicken soup, tomato soup, and it is especially tasty in pea soup. Stews have also been very successful with the use of Rosemary like beef and tomato stew and chicken casserole. Even a lemonade recipe tastes gorgeous with a touch of Rosemary herbs added. It also enhances and adds divine flavor to vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, courgettes, green beans and green peas. You can make a delicious Rosemary sauce or a special spaghetti sauce, Wow! It is not all, for the sweet teeth there is Rosemary sugar and Rosemary scone.
The bad news is that should I try and share all these recipes with you dear readers, I shall never stop writing! Therefor I have decided to share only one and as it is customary here in Namibia to have many a braai (known to you as barbecue), my special treat for today is "Rosemary shish kebabs". I promise it is very simple and you may enjoy the change if you dare to try!
Trim and dice 1kg leg of lamb into 40mm cubes.
Combine 5ml salt, 5ml Garlic salt, 5ml Rosemary, 4ml Onion salt, 3ml Lemon Pepper, 30ml mustard, 30ml vinegar and 60ml salad oil.
Add lamb to mixture and marinate in refrigerator overnight.
Thread lamb onto skewers, alternating with onion slic
es, green pepper squares and mushrooms.
Braai (Barbecue) basting with the marinade periodically.
Hmm, it is simply divine, believe me! Should you not be able to braai (barbecue), you may use the grill. One more hint while I am at it, instead of skewers, you can use the branches of the Rosemary shrub as a skewer for any other kebab recipe you might want to use. Oh, and adding a Rosemary branch to your braai (barbecue) leaves a lovely fragrance in the air while you are cooking.
Enjoy the recipe and please feel free to comment.