Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza dough. Focaccia can be used as a side to many meals or as sandwich bread. Focaccia al rosmarino is a common focaccia style in Italian cuisine that may be served as an antipasto, appetizer, table bread, or snack.
The word rosemary is based on the Latin ros marinus, from ros "dew" + marinus "of the sea". This woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple or blue flowers, is native to the Mediterranean region. I thrill to its nautical theme!
Today - years later and thousands of miles from Sardinia - I streamed along the country roads surrounded by burgeoning corn stalks. It's mid-summer and hot. The clouds scattered throughout the sky told a different story with each view, sometimes mounting castles, others pensive whisps of pink and grey, occasionally the threat of storm. In response to a recent chance purchase of an exceptional pizza made with focaccia bread by Baker Bob - and having by coincidence subsequently eyed a large rectangular piece of focaccia bread at Sobey's grocery store in Stittsville - I resolved to attempt a repetition of the culinary delight. To the list of bread and rosemary I added grated mozzarella cheese and vine-ripened tomatoes. The preparation consists of frying the bread topped with the other ingredients in olive oil until the edges are crisp and brown. This evening the bread will complement my already prepared gazpacho soup. This for the time being is as close as I will get to a summer meal. Or Sardinia.