All posts tagged: Mint

Grow it. Eat it.

I bought a single cucumber plant back in April, popped it in one of the raised beds next to the garlic in our back garden and left it to it’s growing thing. Then the weather got cold and rained and rained and the little cuke was looking a little droopy. I harvested my garlic and left the cucumber plant the run of the bed and now it is growing like a crazy plant. Cucumbers all over the place getting big and green and fat! The garlic is being stored in the basement and is drying nicely. Of course the mint is on a garden take over mission which I really don’t mind, it is contained to one end of the garden so it can grow and grow and I can make tea and tzatziki. Tzatziki is calling the mint and garlic and cucumber tonight. Here is how I make it. A bunch of mint (mine is starting to seed but that just makes the bunch pretty! I only need the leaves) Half a big fat …

Mint & basil & sun tea

I have a mint patch with aspirations to take over the world, one garden at a time. So, before it achieves that, I thought I would put a few handfuls of it to good use. Mint tea sounds nice, but mint, basil and lemon with some honey sounds like a summer dream in a hammock. Mint and Basil Sun tea 2 quarts water (I used filtered, but tap or stream water will be good too I am sure) 2 handfuls of mint 1 handful basil 1/4 cup honey 2 lemons – juiced I am taking these measurements as a start as I expect to need more lemon or mint or something (vodka?!). Wash the herbs and give them a squeeze to release the herby flavour. Mix everything together and put the tea in a sealed glass jar or two and stand it in the sun for a couple of hours to brew. I would think this would also work in the fridge, but then you would have to call it ‘fridge tea’ to avoid misleading …