Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Garlic Rosemary Shrimp ~ Rosemary's Baby

Garlic Rosemary Shrimp

She's been with us for years...arriving well before the children.

In the spring, she wasn't looking so good....she was all dried out and rangy. I remember my husband and I looking at her...sadly knowing... her days were surly numbered...

"It was a good ride..."

"She hung in there for so many years..."

"She never asked questions...never second guessed our intentions with her...she knew her role and she served it well.... with willingness, grace and integrity."

While out shopping for herbs this spring, we picked up her replacement. It was a Baby Rosemary...just wee big...maybe six or seven sprigs.  We could hardly wait to get back home and place that baby plant beside Old hopes that possibly she would come to know her young...  

...if only for a little while.

Then something miraculous happened!

Old Rosemary began perking up! Her thick, brown, straggly branches changed color - to a deep and glistening green!   Her sprigs were soft...herbaceous... and left behind a distinct oily residue. She was filling in and spreading out... reminiscent of her younger days!

Old Rosemary was BACK!

Maybe it was our 'giving her up for dead' that made her fight? 

Maybe it was the joy of a baby...finally by her side? 

Whatever it was... we're thrilled she's still with us today...and so with tonight's dinner...we celebrate her!

Dinner this evening included:

Garlic Rosemary Shrimp
Garlic Rosemary and Feta Flat bread (I made with store bought pizza dough)

Garlic Rosemary Shrimp
adapted from recipes off the web

1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tsp. chopped rosemary, very finely chopped
2 T garlic, finely chopped
1-2 T. olive oil
Pinch of salt and pepper

Place all ingredients in Ziploc bag and marinate at least 30 minutes. Saute up in a hot grill pan, about 1-2 minutes per side, or until shrimp is opaque.

Here I served it with 2 inch pieces of rosemary acting as toothpicks or skewers (saw this on Also garnished with lemon wedges and served slices of flat bread and soup along side.


chow and chatter said...

great recipe and you made me smile again

Shannon @ bakeandbloom said...

lmao. This gave me a real honest out loud giggle!

You should do some lemon & rosemary palmiers a-la Joy the Baker too. They are amazing.

I could wax lyrical about the joys of rosemary all day long.

Katerina said...

I love shrimps and definitely I love feta. I grew up with this stuff. I think you made the perfect combination.

Nuts about food said...

Great recipe, adorable post!

Unknown said...

Thanks husband thinks I need serious help after this post though... BUT I tell you this is all so true.

The Food Hound said...

HAHAHAH!!!! I love it!! I have zero ability to grow herbs, and most of mine die. Even hearty old rosemary... though it tends to live longer than the rest :) I love everything on your menu and I want to try to replicate it! I have yet to try your chickpea soup, though I have it lodged in my cookbinder. I think rosemary is one of my favorite flavors, and I often use it in place of sage in certain recipes. Well done, girl! Yay for Rosemary's Baby!

Clint said...


This really wasn't a blog about rosemary per se, now was it? Wasn't this more about love...and faith...and hope...and rejuvenation...and life itself? Yes, you sly Designer, Winer and Diner! Ha!

The shrimp looks---and sounds---delicious. Yummm.

Courtney said...

Old Rosemary - what a kick! Entertaining post as always!

Love the idea for the flatbread - sounds great!

Joanne said...

Haha I think it must have been some rosemary pheromones that were strewn into the air! These shrimp sound so tasty!

laurie said...

I'm glad old rosemary is back!

Karen said...

Your flatbread looks divine, and so does the shrimp. Classic yummy flavors...can't go wrong with garlic and rosemary.
If you can believe it, I manage to kill my rosemary plants within weeks...everyone had assured my they are unkillable, but I found a way! sigh.

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

yes, i agree with karen.. that flatbread looks amaizing. Perfect flavor combo. thanks for sharing.

Nirmala said...

I love shrimp because it is so quick and easy. And I love the story about the rosemary. Will you be sharing the chick pea soup recipe?

Simply Life said...

oh what a great combo! yum!

Cindy Ellison said...

Your food photos always make me so hungry! Love the shrimp recipe and the story of Old Rosemary. My theory is Old Rosemary saw Baby Rosemary as competition. (Sick, I know, but sometimes nothing like competition to get us goin')

Anxiously awaiting to see what you're gonna cook up next ♥

Larissa said...

Glad Old Rosemary made it! The shrimp looks awesome. Rosemary is one of my favorite flavors.