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Mint Tea
Started by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
Learned to make Mint Tea at Le Cafe Bleu, on The Jemaa el-Fna, in Marrakesh, in the 1960's.

Had not had one for more than a half century, when I chanced across a Moroccan cafe. Ordered myself one, and was ever so disappointed. It was far, far too sweet for my taste, for last thirty years have not taken sugar in my tea, so guess that my taste has changed a lot. (Though I think mint tea bowt any sugar might be too bitter!)

Anyhow, the mint in my garden looks as if it will soon run to seed, so will pick a crop tomorrow, and have an experiment to see if I can get an acceptable flavour. My mint nothing like as strong as the Moroccan.

Can't think of any other use for an excess of mint. Any ideas anybody? I am NOT going to try making my own Mint Balls!

Posted by: momac (8253)  Report abuse
Priscus..I just cut mine off and hang it in the kitchen,when it's dried I chop
it up to put on new potatoes.

Posted by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
I do that with fresh mint (entails dash to garden whilst spuds are boiling), but thanks, probably could also dry some to see me through to next season.

Thought of making up a batch of mint sauce, but I do not eat that much lamb, to make the endeavour worthwhile.

Posted by: momac (8253)  Report abuse
Priscus,I still have some dried and chopped from last year..in fact had some on Jersey Royals today.

Posted by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
Googling, came across this:

Basil Mint Pesto

Ingredients
cup walnut halves
1 cups basil leaves
1 cup fresh mint leaves
cup olive oil
cup sunflower seeds
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons lemon juice
teaspoon salt
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Toast the walnuts in the oven or pan for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally.
Combine the basil, mint and oil in a blender until smooth.
Add the toasted walnuts, sunflower seeds and garlic and blend until pureed.
Add the lemon juice and salt and blend once more.
Its now ready to be used or stored in the fridge in an air tight container or freeze in an ice cube tray and transfer to a freezer safe container to use later.

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Does any of you know where they sell Tea flavoured Mints?

Posted by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
here

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Naaaaah., I was thinking more like Taylor's Yorkshire Tea flavoured ones. With milk, no sugar!

Posted by: madamehmurray (5911)   Report abuse
I love my teas. Green tea, any tea out there I love.

Posted by: tonker (18999)   Report abuse
Erin, if you've ever had 'Taylor's Yorkshire Tea' I'll show my arse at t'top o'Wiggin!

Posted by: joemaplin (87) Report abuse
Top brew that tonker

Posted by: berylh (1549) Report abuse
priscus you mentioned your fresh mint going to seed, I have it on good authority that the leaves can be put in the freezer and that goes for the wider variety of herbs to, they then can then be added to cooking as required. saves on waste and you don't have to go without out of season

Posted by: peter israel (575)  Report abuse
Tomato Cucumber Salad with Mint.... peas and mint SOUP... you can not put mint in freezer it goes black you can dry it out... when making tea... not too much tea[ tea must be weak] also pick mint only when you need it

Posted by: builderboy (1820) Report abuse
Mint Yo Yos

Posted by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
peter,

I use Green China Tea. I think it is less critical wrt strength, as it does not acquire that bitter tannin flavour when brewed. (Way I learned to do so in Le Cafe Bleu, one of those, now-disappeared 1960's 'institutions'!)

Also use two lots of Mint: the'brewed' mint being discarded, and a fresh handful of mint leaves, sans any course stems, added to the glass. (Again, to prevent bitterness.)

Posted by: peter israel (575)  Report abuse
you make the tea then add the mint with the stems just wash first.. you drink it with the mint inside and usually in small glasses

Posted by: priscus (6017) Report abuse
My mum used to make it that way.

Found the way I learned to make it in Le Cafe Bleu greatly preferable though. More zing!

Posted by: madamehmurray (5911)   Report abuse
not had it but I tried to see if that had free sample of it. wouldn;t let me I am american

 
 
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