All posts tagged: Mint

Proper Mushy Peas with Mint Sauce – a Nottinghamshire delicacy. Yes, really!

Mushy Peas are eaten across most of the UK –¬† the only proper accompaniment to Fish and Chips. But let’s be honest, Nottingham owns the mushy pea. Mushy Peas with mint sauce are as Nottingham as the 700 year old Goose Fair that returns every October (and peas are eaten there still, and in some quantities) and they are eaten as a perfectly acceptable stand-alone snack, Fish and Chips are one thing, but a pot of steaming mushy peas with mint sauce on a cold winter’s day is a small joy unparalleled. The Victoria Market still has a stall (or it least it did until recently) that sold just that – a delicious tub of peas and mint with a plastic (used to be wooden) spoon to eat them with. To love this is to know Nottingham, once of you’ve got this, “aye up mi duck” as a friendly greeting, will not be long behind. Now, I know it is the height of summer (and what a fabulous summer it is so far) but I …

Fresh Mint and Lemon Verbena Tea – from a Nottinghamshire Garden

The heat, sun and rain has meant that my herbs this year are the most verdant and healthy I have seen for years. The pots are positively overflowing with greenery. What better use to put them to then, that a herb tea. I am not a fan of commercial fruity “infusions”, it’s got to be said, always prefer a good cup of “builder’s tea” to be honest, but on the hottest day of the year, this fresh and simple tea, hit the spot just right. And, what a pretty colour! Lemon Verbena has the most amazing flavour of Lemon (I know,what a surprise eh?) but truly, it is an arrestingly strong scent that can flavour teas, recipes, ice-cream, sorbets, vodka (going ty try that) and even flower arrangements. Easy to grow in a pot (it doesn’t like the cold and damp though), it is a native of South America brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 17th Century. It was traditonally said to aid sleep and, more recently, considered a great anti-oxidant. Recipe Large …