Whatever your faith is, this time of year is busy for pretty much all of us.
It’s a blink between holidays and anything alive is trying to hibernate. I love how thyme keeps growing in December even in Missoula, Montana. and it certainly is a great herb for winter. Here’s a little bit of information on this courageous herb.
The History of Thyme
Thymus is believed to be a derivation of thymus, Greek for courage which seems appropriate for an herb that is “invigorating to the senses”. It was also used as a symbol for style and elegance to the early Greeks and for chivalry in the Middle Ages. At that time it was also thought to be home to fairies so Celtics planted a special patch for them.
Wellness uses of Thyme
Thymol, derived from the thyme plant has a strong antiseptic property so used most exclusively in WWI on the battlefield. Thyme tea is known to be stimulant, diuretic, antispasmodic and antiseptic. External it is a great wash from tea for infected wounds. Internal, the tea or tincture is good for respiratory or digestive infection. Gargle for laryngitis, tonsillitis, sore throats and irritable coughs, especially with nervousness or anxiety. It is also an expectorant (helps expel mucus from respiratory system) and antispasmodic, so helpful for bronchitis, whooping cough and asthma. Thyme is a gentle astringent for kids diarrhea and bedwetting. Anti-septic and diuretic. Helps body fight against viral, bacterial, fungal, gastrointestinal, and genito-urinary system infections. Helps re-establish a healthy bacterial population if on antibiotics or experiencing excess candida. Add a handful into bath to warm and exhilarate the body.
Culinary Uses for Thyme
As a culinary herb, Thyme is considered as universal as salt, to be added to everything! Young sheep have been put out to graze in fields of wild thyme, a feed that many believe enhances the flavor of lamb. Indeed, thyme is pleasing in red meats, the European thymes especially lending their magic to wild meats. Use thyme in your poultry and fish also. Thyme…a bed for fairies and almost anything edible!
Recipes: Sausage Rolls with fresh thyme leaves
400g/14oz puff pastry or rough puff pastry
For the filling 450g/1lb sausage meat, salt and white pepper, 1 tbsp thyme leaves, 60g/2¼oz pickle, such as Branstons pickle, 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten
Preparation method Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 Serves 6
Roll out the pastry to a rectangle 60x20cm/23½x8in. Trim the edges to neaten. Cut into six even rectangles.
Mix the sausage meat with the thyme in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Divide the sausage meat into six even portions. Roll each portion into a sausage shape.
Spread a teaspoon of pickle along each pastry rectangle, leaving the edges clear. Place a filling sausage across the top of each pastry rectangle. Roll the pastry to enclose the filling. Brush the pastry edges with beaten egg to seal.
Place the sausage rolls on trays lined with parchment. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden-brown and cooked through.
Make a butter rub with thyme.
Add 1/4 cup of fresh diced thyme to 1/2 cup of olive oil or softened butter and rub it on chicken or pork before grilling or roasting.
Dry rub with thyme: Combine 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped thyme with a 1/2 cup coarse sea salt and let the mixture sit for 15 min. Rub the salt mixture on any meat just before grilling or roasting.
Other pairings with Thyme, fresh
Under the skin of roasted chicken, in scrambled eggs with or without cheese, in lentil soup, w/ or w/o lamb, in basic tomato sauce, tossed with rice or all pastas, on salmon steaks before grilling
Other pairings with Thyme, dried
Beans, all kinds, Muscles, crab, Italian dishes all kinds, like Pizza! Red meat, especially game, white meat, especially pork, including Italian salad dressings
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