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Sunday, 5 March 2006

waffles with rosemary honey (WHB#22: rosemary)

Filed under: crossblogging,equipment and techniques,food & drink,side,WHB — ejm @ 10:11 EDT

click on image to see more photos of making waffles in a vintage Taylor Forbes cast-iron stove-top waffle iron

waffles, bacon and rosemary honey (Mar 2006) 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. Taylor Forbes waffle ironWe 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: Rosemaryweekend herb blogging - © kalyns kitchen
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.)

rosemary honey 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?

Read here about growing rosemary

  • Kalyn

    Hey, this is perfect for Weekend Herb Blogging! I love hearing about new ways to use herbs and I LOVE rosemary.

  • ejm

    Thanks, Kalyn! And now that I see that any edible plant can be used in “weekend herb blogging”, perhaps my post isn’t quite as much of a stretch as I thought….

    If you love rosemary, try stuffing leaves under the skin of chicken before roasting. It’s wonderful! It’s also really great baked on top of focaccia.

  • sher

    Oh–now I’m really, really hungry for waffles, and rosemary honey of course. And I was going to be so good today!

  • ejm

    But waffles don’t have to be bad, Sher! We were thinking that these would be fantastic in place of potatoes or pastry underneath chicken or ham a la king.

  • Ivonne

    This is just lovely, Elizabeth! And I promise I won’t report you to the Lenten police!

    I absolutely love the waffle iron. I’m looking for a traditional pizzelle iron so seeing your waffle iron has given me hope that one day I will find what I’m looking for.

    The rosemary honey sounds fantastic. What a combination!

  • ejm

    I’ve never seen another waffle iron like ours (except a few photos of some that have been sold on the internet) and it really is the best! I cannot imagine using any other waffle iron.

    I’ve never heard of a pizzelle iron… oh oh, is this something else that I have to covet?

    (Thanks for not reporting me to the LP., Ivonne.)

  • tim

    I am looking for a stand for my waffle iron. Would any one known were I can buy one?

    I’d try looking on ebay or at a lawnsale or fleamarket. -Elizabeth


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