Monday, October 6, 2008 1:31:07 PM
My craze for rosemary started back in Singapore. All very much attributed to a friend of mine who cooked fantastic rosemary cream chicken and rosemary roast potatoes. I can still taste that lovely creamy chicken that we chomped down at work pantry. Soon every dinner invitation to the couple's home is a must have main course. The Italian Chef will proudly show his culinary skill and knowledge. That fabulaso dish can only be created with the right kind of extra virgin olive oil, a few cloves of garlic, the right kind of panna (only from Italy), a good sprinkle of rosemary and a whole lot of patience. Slow heat and slow cooking will get the cream just perfect. They again demonstrated how a few stalks of these woody Mediterranean herbs can do to BBQ meat. I was practically inhaling on the rosemary stalk the whole evening through.
Some say that the name derives from the Latin name rosmarinus, which literally means "dew of the sea". How poetic, don't you think. I read online that Rosemary has a very old reputation for improving memory. Now that is for sure as whenever I get a whiff of rosemary it will definitely evoke my memory of cream chicken and roast potatoes!
A few weeks back I dried some rosemary that I picked from a park. Because of some renovation those rosemary bush will be uprooted and rather than let it go to waste I decided to put them into good use. Rosemary are planted everywhere around here. It is used a lot in landscaping. They are found everywhere from the park to the road side. A friend who came over for a visit was telling me how difficult it is for them to even buy it in the supermarket in Germany. They just can't believe it that we could just pick it off the parks and side roads. We have a little rosemary bush next to the garden patch but it do not look very healthy and with all those cats in the neighbourhood that likes to pooh and pee in ever little bit of ground.... yikes. Not going to take the risk of ruining my yummy potatoes.
I had a little robust pot of rosemary before. No matter what they say about how easy it is to grow even for beginner gardeners I still managed to kill it. So for a while I had to drop by the supermarket for my rosemary fix. But now I am just being the little naughty me and picked some off the parks. A few stalks here and there, dried it up and viola, a jar of rosemary.