There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray you, love, remember. – William Shakespeare
Rosemary has been on my mind lately. Perhaps it’s Memorial Day that brought it up. Rosemary has long been associated with memory and improving memory and it has a wide range of uses, you can find more information here. There is a quite sadness around rosemary for me, she is so often associated with death that it’s hard to remember her role in other more festive occasions (such as weddings).
There is nothing sad about the taste of rosemary though. Its strong resinous flavor will wake you right up. It’s best to make this dressing a few hours or several days before use so that they herbs can infuse the vinegar and oil. The dressing also makes a great marinade and dip for bread. The salmon in the photo was marinated for about an hour before being grilled and it was awesome.
So, make this tasty dressing today to improve your memory and avoid the plague! Continue reading →
Dukkah is Middle Eastern nut and spice blend primarily dip bread. The bread is basted or dipped in oil and then into the dukkah. Recipes vary widely but the nuts are usually hazelnut, pistachio, and/or almonds. The spices can include sesame, coriander, cumin, fennel and anise seeds, black peppercorns, mint, and slat as well as many others I’m sure.
Dukkah caught my eye while I was trolling the aisles of my local Trader Joe’s. It looked yummy and the ladies at checkout had great things (and ways to use it) about it. I had a few misgivings once I got it home and looked at the ingredient list. Trader Joe’s dukkah includes almonds, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, anise seeds, and kosher salt. I don’t care for fennel or anise, it’s a black licorice thing, don’t like it. Somehow I managed to put away quite a bit more bread than I had intended to when I used it as a dip though. It’s rather addictive! The fennel and anise don’t overwhelm and have a definite role in the background.
I can’t wait to try it on other recipes! The salmon was quite tasty but I like the idea of using it with chicken or grilled steak and I’m sure it would be great as a topping for veggies. There are many recipes out there for making your own dukkah; it doesn’t seem to be too hard; although, you’ll probably want to make sure you have a food processor. Continue reading →