Sunday, 5 March 2006
click on image to see more photos of making waffles in a vintage Taylor Forbes cast-iron stove-top waffle iron
Yesterday morning for breakfast we had waffles and bacon with rosemary honey. (Please don’t report us to the Lenten police.) And lucky us, our waffles are the best!
Why are they the best? Some years ago at an antique sale, my mother found a stove-top castiron waffle iron “Taylor Forbes Ltd. Guelph Canada” c.1920s and gave it to us for Christmas. We can never thank her enough!
The iron is so well seasoned that it does not require extra butter when we cook waffles. The waffles slip right out. They are crisp and delicate – exactly what waffles should be!
Weekend Herb Blogging: Rosemary
Now, I know it’s a bit of a stretch to label this as a weekend herb blogging post. But I love rosemary. Fresh rosemary is available at the supermarket at this time of year but not in our garden. And once again my potted rosemary plant, that I carefully brought indoors for overwintering, died in early December. It really does want to be outdoors in a Mediterranean climate! Even if it hadn’t died, I couldn’t have harvested it. It goes into dormancy in the winter. (I have to say that I’m mightily envious of my parents-in-law who have a large rosemary bush flourishing just outside their patio door on Vancouver Island.)
We were given a jar of French rosemary honey for Christmas. Maple syrup is all very well, but really, rosemary honey is the perfect thing to drizzle on waffles. It is lovely with just a delicate hint of rosemary from rosemary blossom nectar the French bees collected. That really does show just how strong rosemary is!
A little rosemary goes a very long way. It’s not the sort of herb that one wants to munch on as a garnish, although it’s wonderful to brush the branches in the garden – the lovely scent wafts up – I can never get enough of that! And garnishing with rosemary flowers is not only beautiful but adds just the right amount of rosemary taste.
Dried rosemary can be quite bitter and quite disappointing if one is accustomed to using fresh rosemary. And storebought rosemary can have a somewhat dull indoor taste. I can’t wait til we have fresh rosemary growing in our garden again! Is it spring yet?