Rosemary or Rosmarinus officinalis comes from the words ros which means coolness and marinus which means marine. So, basically is the sea coolness. It probably took its name because it bobbed up with Aphrodite from under the water at the island of Cyprus. Aphrodite touched the plant and gave it the distinct aroma it has until today. In Christian religion it is said that it took its name from Mary Mother of Christ who left her cloak on a plant. Until next morning the plant’s flowers had become blue and from then on it was named rose of Mary.
In ancient Greece students put rosemary flowers on their heads when they were studying for exams as it was believed to it stimulated memory and those who were mourning threw rosemary in the graves as a gesture of eternal memory.
Napoleon used rosemary to stimulate his brain. Rumors say that he used 60 bottles of rosemary cologne per month. It reminded him of his childhood in Corse and believed that its strong perfume made him capable of planning with great success his military tactics.
Researches in US revealed that inhaling of rosemary perfume causes increased electric activity at the part of brain that is connected to logical thinking.
It is quite warm in here and I was in absolutely no mood of cooking something fussy or something that would require the turning on of the oven. I think pasta is one of the easiest, most versatile and quick meals one can choose for his weeknight meals. Did you know that scientists discovered that reheated pasta is much more nutritious than the freshly made plus it doesn’t increase our Glycemic Index as much as the first? Also, it’s fibers are absorbed better in our intestine. Since I had the blessings from the scientists and some leftover pasta in my fridge I didn’t hesitate not one bit. This meal was ready and hot in front of my son in less than 25 minutes and everyone was happy at home. I, for one thing, finished in half an hour and used the leftovers from the previous day and my son had yet another delicious dish in front of him. It was a win win situation altogether!
- Leftover pasta, one portion at room temperature
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ cup light cream
- 1 rosemary sprig
- 1 thyme sprig
- 6 cherry tomato, cut in half
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- In a deep skillet pour couple of tbsp of olive oil and in medium heat sauté the garlic until fragrant.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, rosemary and thyme sprigs and continue to sauté until the tomatoes start to roast.
- Add the spaghetti, salt and pepper and the light cream and toss to mix.
- Let it cook for a minute, add parmesan or any other cheese and then serve.
- Mία μερίδα ζυμαρικά σε θερμοκρασία δωματίου
- 1 σκελίδα σκόρδο ψιλοκομμένο
- ½ φλ. ελαφριά κρέμα
- 1 κλωναράκι δενδρολίβανο
- 1 κλωναράκι θυμάρι
- 6 ντοματίνια, κομμένα στη μέση
- Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα ρίχνουμε δυο κουταλιές της σούπας ελαιόλαδο και σε μέτρια φωτιά σοτάρουμε το σκόρδο μέχρι αρχίσει να βγάζει τα αρώματά του.
- Προσθέτουμε τα ντοματίνια, τα κλαδάκια δεντρολίβανο και θυμάρι και συνεχίζουμε να σοτάρουμε μέχρι τα ντοματίνια να αρχίσουν να ψήνονται.
- Ρίχνουμε τα μακαρόνια αλάτι, πιπέρι και την ελαφριά κρέμα και ανακατεύουμε.
- Αφήστε τα να μαγειρευτούν για ένα λεπτό και στη συνέχεια σερβίρετε με μπόλικο τυράκι.