Free rosemary

Free rosemary from a flowering bush on the side of the road on Beissel Street in Belconnen. Well, maybe not free. I don’t know the status of rosemary or any herb for that matter on the verge of footpaths in Canberra. Given there is so much of it, I hope it’s not illegal. If it is, someone please let me know. I only cut off a few short sprigs. The reason for acquiring the rosemary was to add to the lamb bones I cooked this afternoon. Rosemary goes so well with lamb.

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Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn

 

 

Recipe

Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
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Slowly oven roasted lamb bones with rosemary and pepper
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr 5 mins
 
Rosemary goes really well with lamb, especially roasted lamb bones which are full of flavour and fatty goodness.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 500 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
Ingredients
  • Rosemary A few sprigs
  • 666 grams Lamb bones
  • 1 tablespoon Black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon Sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 Potato
  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 packet Mashed potato Microwave
  • Broccoli
  • 1/4 cup Peas
  • 1/4 cup Corn
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Acquire or 'steal' some rosemary from a local bush
    Rosemary bush, thick and flowering Gary Lum
  2. In a baking tray lay in some slices of potato and onion
  3. On top of the vegetable layer layout the lamb bones
    Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt Gary Lum
  4. Add a good splash of Worcestershire sauce and some olive oil
  5. Add the black peppercorns, sea salt and chilli flakes plus the rosemary
  6. Cover with aluminium foil and then into a slow oven at 150 Β°C for 3 hours
  7. Cook some broccoli and corn and peas in the microwave oven
  8. Prepare the microwave mashed potato
  9. Serve the lamb bones with the vegetables
  10. Shoot a photograph
  11. Eat the meal
  12. Wash the dishes
  13. Write the recipe
  14. Write a blog post
  15. Hope friends and others share this post on social media and hope I don't get into any trouble for how I acquired the rosemary

 

 

Photographs

My rosemary acquisition

Rosemary by the side of the road Gary Lum
Rosemary by the side of the road
Rosemary bush, thick and flowering Gary Lum
Rosemary bush, thick and flowering
Rosemary sprigs Gary Lum
Rosemary sprigs

 

Other sights on my foraging

Abandoned trolleys and curries of Belconnen

Who would leave an entire curry meal in a trolley on the side of the road? What a waste!

Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry Gary Lum
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry Gary Lum
Abandoned trolley with abandoned curry

My dinner

Lamb bones for $3 Gary Lum
Lamb bones for $3
Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt Gary Lum
Lamb bones dressed for the oven with rosemary, peppercorns, chilli flakes and sea salt
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn Gary Lum
Slowly roasted lamb bones with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas and corn

My lunch

Garlo's Beef and mushroom pie with cream cheese Gary Lum
Garlo’s Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese
Garlo's Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce Gary Lum
Garlo’s Beef and mushroom pie augmented with cream cheese and Worcestershire sauce

Questions and answers

Why don’t you buy rosemary?

Well, for a few small twigs it can cost as much as $3 in the supermarket. That’s as much as the meat in this dish. Getting it from the side of the road was a lot cheaper.

Have you stolen other things?

When I was in primary school I remember stealing a bottle of Singer machine oil from the supermarket. I needed it to oil my Mum’s sewing machine.

What lamb bones did you cook?

These bones are ribs and probably constitute lamb or mutton flaps.

How are you feeling?

I still feel blergh. I hope I start to feel better soon.

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Tell me, dear reader, have you ever stolen herbs from the side of the road?


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20 Responses

  1. I love lamb bones… not to mention bone marrow! Do you eat the bone marrow, Gary? In regards to the rosemary, I would think it free as it’s doesn’t seem fenced up. πŸ™‚ But yes, best to check, you don’t want the owner chasing you down the street the next time you need a few sprigs.

    1. Hello Rose, yes, I like bone marrow but I’m conscious that as someone with a history of gout it’s not good for me.
      It would be funny being chased while I hold my pocket knife and a few sprigs of rosemary πŸ˜ƒ

  2. You are correct, lamb and rosemary, great match. Looks like the bush could give up a few sprigs without upsetting the whole balance of the universe thing. πŸ™‚

    1. I hope so Brother. A few sprigs is probably good for the whole plant too, like pruning is good for most plants.

  3. I grow herbs in my yard and kitchen. They are lovely easy to grow plants you can eat. And they smell nice when you clip them. Inside, they last forever with little care. Outside, if you have mint, you need to pull it up often as it will run rampant.
    Mum stole a plant 🌱 from a Catholic garden sanctuary. I was mortified and in college. She said it would only get trampled, since it was near the path. I remain dubious to this day.

    1. I know I could do this, but my inability to maintain herbs has been proved over many attempts over many years πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

    2. I’m partial to killing almost anything. I was surprised I managed to keep herbs alive inside the house!

    3. I miss growing up with my grand father. He turned our backyard into a market garden. He could grow anything.

    1. Haha, thanks Liz. I like the idea of being an urban forager. I just won’t go near mushrooms. I’m no expert and I don’t want to die. Rosemary, on the other hand, it’s there for the taking πŸ˜ƒ

  4. Hehe. You spotted the rosemary. Didn’t look fenced up at all. So, free for all πŸ˜‚ $3 for a small bunch at Coles or Woolies is so pricey, agree with you on that. I usually buy the crushed herbs in a bottle for $2 – cheaper but no where near as fresh. You could always check with your local council about those rosemary bushes.

    Again, get better soon.

    1. Thanks Mabel. I will have to check the legalities.
      The price in the supermarket is ridiculous. I’ve been told it’s easy to grown my own too.

    2. Usually I like to have a few herbs for the dishes I cook each week. A few bunches of them at the supermarket can easily cost over $10. Crazy.

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