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[Feb. 24th, 2007|01:53 am]
I have a whole bunch of mint. I'd rather make food out of it than have it rot in the vegetable drawer like the last few batches.... What should I make?

I found a couple mint pesto recipes. I have a whole bunch of cilantro, too, (oh, and pine nuts as well) so that'd probably work, but I'm not sure what to put it on.

I was also thinking about trying some kind of seriously mint ice cream, but I don't have an ice-cream maker, so it would probably be more like granita, which is nowhere near as cool.

[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2007-02-24 01:13 pm (UTC)
Vietnamese rice paper rolls.
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[User Picture]From: zalena
2007-02-24 03:37 pm (UTC)
I once had basil icecream and it was FABULOUS! But I'm afraid I don't have much in the way of alternative suggestions. I keep thinking "lamb," but somehow that doesn't seem reasonable.

You could always dry it for later use? (But then it isn't FRESH mint anymore.)

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[User Picture]From: drdeleto
2007-02-24 04:03 pm (UTC)
You can borrow our ice cream maker!
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[User Picture]From: pekmez
2007-02-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
Mint pesto spread on top of brownies, or something else combining chocolate and mint?

Very minty thai salads or mint in fresh vietnamese spring rolls?
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From: thetarnishedowl
2007-02-24 04:50 pm (UTC)
Mint jelly. My mom makes it - good on lamb.
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[User Picture]From: bryree
2007-02-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Lots and lots of Mojitos? ;)

Unrelatedly: Wanna carpool today?
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-02-24 06:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm, prolly not today. I'm off to Neal's for IntLit until nearly time to go to Jeff's, so easier to go separately, I think.
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[User Picture]From: helava
2007-02-24 05:46 pm (UTC)
Mint oil. Basically, blanch the mint, dunk it in ice water, dry, toss in a blender with enough oil to get it to blend. Blend until it's a fine green mess of goo. Strain. What you've got through the strainer should be this jewel-colored green oil that tastes intensely of mint. Awesome on ice cream, or dotted on a custard, or a brownie.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2007-02-24 07:16 pm (UTC)
(nods) yup... that.
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[User Picture]From: tdjohnsn
2007-02-24 10:27 pm (UTC)
You can freeze it in ice-cube trays for later use. I looked up instructions in case I was remembering wrong, but it turned out i was right!:

Clean, wash and chop cilantro or mint leaves finely. Fill each cube in a ice cube tray with the finely chopped cilantro or mint leaves. Top each cube with cold water and freeze. The cilantro or mint cubes can be dropped into curries etc. on an as needed basis.

You could also make a big pitcher of Mojitos...
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