I’ve always been fortunate enough to live on enough land to support a couple of pets of different varieties as well as chooks for fresh eggs, a citrus tree or two, and a decent sized herb garden. There has been a thriving Rosemary bush in every home since my birth which may account for my love of this evergreen plant.
Since recently reading The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning I’ve been intrigued by the concept of Rosemary Ice Cream. Rosemary with the Roast Lamb and baked spuds for sure, but Rosemary Ice Cream?
I’ve massaged half a dozen recipes from the net to create my own version of this dessert. It must be noted that although a good savoury cook I’ve never bothered with sweets. I do not own any fancy kitchen gadgets because Gadgets only make for more washing. I substituted Vanilla Essence for Vanilla Pods, as really, how many people have these laying haphazardly in the pantry, and honey for sugar – no explanation required. Some recipes suggest adding green food dye to add to the appearance. Who in their right mind would do this?
•2 C.Thickened Cream
•1 C. Milk
•1 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
•1 Large Sprig of Rosemary
•Two tablespoons of Honey
•1/2 tsp. Salt
•4 Egg Yolks
1.Mix the cream, milk, vanilla, rosemary, honey, and salt in a heavy sauce pan. Heat slowly over low heat, stirring often until mixture begins to bubble on side.
2.Once this happens turn heat up to medium and bring mixture to a gentle simmer for one minute. Remove from heat. Strain out vanilla bean and rosemary.
3.Whisk egg yolks in a separate bowl. Slowly whisk the hot mixture to the yolks until they are fully tempered. Return yolk mixture to the sauce pan and continue to cook over low heat stirring constantly until mixture is thickened like a thin custard.
4.Transfer to a glass container and chill in refrigerator at least 6 hours. Midway through this process take mixture from freezer, remix, and put back into freezer.
Rosemary is synonymous with Anzac Day as there were Rosemary bushes on the hills at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli. It has since become tradition for men and women to wear a sprig of Rosemary on the 25th of April. In addition, Rosemary Oil has properties that aid the memory – another reason that this beautiful bush is popular on the day!
I have recently taken to placing cuttings from my beautiful bush into water in sunny spots around my home. When roots develop I pot them and transfer them outside in a sunny corner, where they will require regular watering.
In a few months, once the trunks have developed some bulk and the roots are firmly footed I plan to sell these seedlings at the local car boot sale, with ALL funds going to Soldier On, helping our wounded warriors.