Apple Rosemary Loaf
With its bold fragrance, hearty growth and ancient roots, it’s no wonder that rosemary is the subject of so many superstitions.
‘At weddings,’ Mrs. M. Grieves wrote in A Modern Herbal, ‘it was entwined in the wreath worn by the bride, being first dipped into scented water. Anne of Cleves, we are told, wore such a wreath at her wedding. A Rosemary branch, richly gilded and tied with silken ribands of all colours, was also presented to wedding guests, as a symbol of love and loyalty.’
‘There’s rosemary,’ Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, ‘that’s for remembrance.’
Rosemary has also been:
i. Thrown by funeral-goers into caskets to show that they will never forget the person they mourn.
ii. Rumoured to be home to Sicilian fairies who can morph into tiny snakes if need be.
iii. Seen as evidence of a strong woman in the household. ‘Where Rosemary flourished, the woman ruled.’
iv. Used to scare away evil creatures, dark magic and illness.
v. Applied topically to cure colds and baldness.
At Purebread Bakery – launched by Mark and Paula Lamming in Whistler, now spread to Kits, Mount Pleasant and Gastown – the storied rosemary has found its way into a delicious Mini Apple Rosemary loaf. Topped with a caramel-drizzled cream cheese, it is well worth a taste. And while you’re there…
Written by Elizabeth Newton
Header: Clara Peeters. Still Life with Flowers, Goblets and Dainties. 1611