Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Loin of Wild Boar with Bog Myrtle?????

Several Sundays ago our church held a Kirking of the Tartans Service. Everyone was requested to bring a Scottish dish for the covered dish luncheon after services. Since my DH is interested in his heritage and all things Scottish, I had purchased a Scottish cookbook a while back. I asked him to choose a recipe for the luncheon. His choice was "Loin of Wild Boar with Bog Myrtle". One look at the recipe told me I had some adjustments to make. Since I was out fresh of loins of wild boar, I sent him to the store for a large pork loin. Then I wondered, what on earth is bog myrtle? Upon closer inspection, I found in the recipe that rosemary could be substituted for bog myrtle. Lucky me! I have rosemary growing in my herb garden. I followed the recipe pretty closely and it turned out well. I've prepared it for company several times since and everyone seems to enjoy it. I thought I'd share it.


  • a six lb. pork loin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I prefer sea salt)
  • 1 large onion coarsely cut
  • 2-3 carrots peeled and cut in large pieces
  • 4-6 stems of rosemary (3 or 4 inches each)
  • 2/3 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • flour and water (to thicken gravy)
  • seasoning to taste
What to do:
  • preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • coat a large roasting pan with oil spray
  • place onions carrots and rosemary in the pan
  • place loin in pan fat side up
  • rub salt on the loin
  • place in 425 degree oven (uncovered) and bake for 40 minutes
  • after 40 minutes at 425 degrees, reduce heat to 350 and continue to bake for 40 additional minutes
  • remove roast from pan and set aside to rest for 15-20 minutes
  • drain drippings from pan into sauce pan, stir in the vermouth and mustard
  • bring this to a boil
  • mix 1/12 cups cold water into 2 heaping tablespoons flour and add to sauce pan stirring constantly to make gravy
Slice loin to desired thickness and serve with rice or potatoes and gravy. Add a green vegetable and salad for a well balanced meal. Hope you'll like it!

Friday, April 4, 2008

I've been tagged!

I have been tagged by Babyfingers and requested to share my six word philosophy of life.
This is my philosophy:

Do the math ... count your blessings.

I learned a long time ago that I can either sit and worry about things I can't change, or I can take the time I would spend worrying to count my blessings. Pray instead of worrying, do something nice for someone instead of feeling sorry for yourself, surround yourself with positive people, volunteer, get enough rest . . . see how many uplifting possibilities you can think of and PLEASE share them!

My next task is to tag six others to share their six word philosophy of life. Since I don't have a lot of blogger friends most of mine will be email buddies.
Knitting Nonpareil, you are the exception - you have been tagged. You need to share your philosophy on your blog and then tag six others.

Until next time . . . .