It has been raining all day. The herbs love it, Tally has been lounging on the couch (who is she and what has she done with my dog?) and I've been having fun in the kitchen. I washed and prepped the huge bag of spinach I got at the farmer's market yesterday and cooked it up my favorite way, Catalan style. Lunch was good! I also washed, trimmed, sliced and cooked my epic collards. They are now cooling in the pan having been cooked in rendered Happy Hogs bacon fat with melted onions, crushed red pepper, tossed with red wine vinegar and topped with the bacon cracklings. Supper is going to be good, too!
With all the rain interspersed with sunny days, the herbs are growing so well. I'm eating them in everything. That is, except the peppermint. So I harvested a bunch of peppermint along with some pineapple sage and lemon balm to make my own dried herbal tea blend.
Smallest to largest~ peppermint, lemon balm, pineapple sage
I started by washing the herbs well and letting them dry on towels.
I removed the biggest stems and put them on a baking tray.
Into a 150 degree oven for an hour and a quarter, then let them cool in the oven with the door ajar for another 20 minutes or so.
I rubbed the dried herbs with my fingertips to break them up and picked out the last of the stems and transferred them to a tea tin.
I brewed a heaping tablespoon in hot but not quite boiling water for about 5 minutes and I'm sipping my cuppa as I type this.
Very uplifting and tasty!
Do you have any other ideas for the peppermint applications other than tea? All ideas are welcome!