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Mint! [Jun. 12th, 2011|11:45 pm]
Beemer
Friday evening Jerry and I went over to the Nevilleseses' to say hi, and they have a whole lotta mint growing in their side yard. They asked if we wanted some, so I picked a big ziploc bag of mint and brought it home.

And then I had to try figure out something to do with it.

Yesterday was Rhonda's rescheduled birthday potluck, so I put together a salad with a lot of mint in it. monkey hijks journl nao. hee hee. Thank you monkey.

Anyway: cucumber, tomato, red onion, radish, and mint. Dressed it with vinegar and sugar and a little bit of fish sauce. It was good, and people ate it, so hooray!

And then after the party was "over" we watched stand-up on Netflix and played Rock Band until 1 am. So that was good, too.

Neal mentioned making a mojito pie with fresh mint, which was exactly the kind of recipe I was unsuccessfully googling for before I gave up and made a salad. So I made that today:

Mix a large tub (24 oz) of plain yogurt, 2 packages of sugar-free lime jello, juice and zest of two limes, and a handful or so of fresh mint (like, six sprigs). Microwave it for, like, five minutes, mix it all up good, take out the mint leaves, and pour it into a pie crust. (I actually let the mint steep for a few minutes before I poured it in.) Haven't tried it yet; it's sitting in the fridge right now. But it looks good!

I also made a frozen blueberry-mint... frozen thing. It's in the freezer, and I think it's technically a granita at this point. I found a smoothie recipe that sounded interesting, and I thought I'd try freezing it. 3/4 cup blueberries, a quarter-cup or so fresh mint, a small container (6 oz) of plain yogurt, and... a cucumber! Peeled and seeded. Plus a pinch of salt, a couple dashes of lime juice, and honey and sugar to taste, probably four-five spoonfuls all told. Then I stuck it in the freezer and kept stirring it. It's kinda weird, but pretty tasty.

And I still have a half bag of mint left.

So I finally realized I could just freeze it.

And I did.
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[User Picture]From: helava
2011-06-13 05:04 pm (UTC)
Whatever you do, DO NOT PLANT THAT MINT. Don't even chuck it out into the back and expect it to decompose. It'll take root, grow like crazy, and then you'll spend years trying to get rid of it.

f'ing demon weed is what that is.
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2011-06-15 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, one of the prior owners of our house planted mint. We just unearthed the mow strip, about three FEET in from where the mint began.

So there's this technique called "solarization" where you put clear plastic on the ground for six weeks and bake the ground that we're going to try...

(actually, it not only sterilizes the soil down about six inches, it's apparently really good for it...)
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[User Picture]From: srotu27
2011-06-14 03:13 am (UTC)
If the Nevilles ever somehow run short of mint, know that you have a reliable supplier in me. A ton of it always goes to waste, and I cut it back pretty ruthlessly, give it away, and use it pretty intentionally.
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