Tunisian Fresh Mint Tea with Pine Nuts

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
Honey
Hot water
Pine nuts

Directions

In a tea cup place 4-10 fresh mint leaves and fill with hot water.  Add honey to taste and place 4-8 pine nuts on the top.


Fresh Dates, Mint Infused Honey & Ricotta

August 2nd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 6

The dessert is one that combines the love of fresh dates with the amazing ricotta and honey found throughout the Middle East, the tea, purely a Tunisian thing, interesting and quite good.

Ingredients

½ cup honey
1/2  cup water
24 fresh Deglet Nuir or Medjul dates, pitted
2 cups fresh ricotta


Directions

In a small saucepan heat the honey and the water, whisking to incorporate, do not boil.  Add the dates and let the dates simmer on low in the honey for about 5 minutes.  Serve a dollop of ricotta with a 3-4 dates and a drizzle of the honey.


Tunisian Potato & Herb Salad with Harissa and Yogurt

August 2nd, 2013 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds yellow potatoes, cooked and cubed or cut in approx ½ inch cubes (peels on or off)
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Cracked black pepper
¼-½  cup extra virgin Olive Oil
Yogurt
Fresh Mint Harissa ( recipe follows)

Directions

Toss the cooked and hot potatoes with the herbs, salt, some cracked black pepper and the olive oil, making sure that the potatoes are well coated.  Refrigerate.  Before serving take out of refrigerator and bring to room temperature.  Serve with a side of harissa and a dollop of yogurt.

Fresh Mint Harissa

Makes 2 cups

My own version of the Middle Eastern spicy red sauce, adds fresh mint for a more vibrant flavor.  The Tunisians have the best Harissa hands down.

Ingredients

2 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
2 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons rainbow peppercorns, toasted
3 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
2 red (fresh) jalapeno peppers, roasted & peeled
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
2  tablespoons olive oil
2-3  tablespoons fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and spices are broken apart and the sauce is smooth.  Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca (Spiked with Gin)

July 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup Serrano simple syrup*
2 cup waters
3 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1/2  cup lime juice
2 tablespoons mint
Zest of 2 limes
Pinch of salt
Ice
1 ½ -2 cups Farmers Organic Gin
Cucumber Slice Garnish
Minted Lime Salt Garnish ( optional)*

Directions

Place the simple syrup, cucumbers, zest, mint, water and pinch of salt in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain and chill.  Pour into a pitcher filled with ice and add gin. Stir.  Pour into glasses ( with or without Minted Lime Salt rims and garnish with a cucumber slice.

*Serrano Simple Syrup- combine 3/4  cup sugar with 1 cup of  hot water  in a blender, add the zest of 1 lime and 2 chopped Serrano peppers. Blend the mixture and chill.

*Minted Lime Salt– combine 1 tablespoon of maldon salt with 1 tablespoon fresh, finely chopped mint and 1 teaspoon of lime zest, moisten with a little lemon bitters or lime juice and mix well.

Rhubarb & Mint (Green) Iced Tea

June 23rd, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large pitcher

This is a refreshing a light, iced tea perfectly balanced and thirst quenching on a hot summer day.

Ingredients

4-6 rhubarb stalks, medium length, chopped
½ cup turbinado sugar or honey
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 cup water2 bags of green tea
2 tablespoons fresh mint
Juice of 1 lime
Ice

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the rhubarb, sugar, water and zest and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes.  Take of heat and insert tea bags and let cool completely.  Discard the bags of tea.  Blend the mixture in a blender with the lime juice and fresh mint, on high until totally smooth and liquefied.  Strain and refrigerate rhubarb syrup.  Place the syrup in a large pitcher of ice and fill with water, stir and garnish with a fresh mint leaf and candied rhubarb swizzle stick.

Fresh Mint Harissa

May 14th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
2 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
2 teaspoons rainbow peppercorns, toasted
3 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
2 red (fresh) jalapeno peppers, roasted & peeled 
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons salt
2  tablespoons olive oil
2-3  tablespoons fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and spices are broken apart and the sauce is smooth.  Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Scallop Crudo Lemon Shooters

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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Chili Mint Scallop Crudo with Shaved Baby Fennel and Ginger
Serves 6
Ingredients
6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt
Directions
Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt

Directions

Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!


Raspberry Mint Daquiri

July 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

2 ounces white rum
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup*

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf and fresh raspberry.

* Fresh Raspberry Mint Syrup – Combine 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool completely. Add 2 handfuls of fresh raspberries and a handful of fresh mint leaves. Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth.

Spring Asparagus & Mint Pesto with Chive Blossoms & Smoked Gouda

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 ½ cups pesto

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt

Baguette
Smoked gouda
Chive blossoms

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the top until the pesto reaches desired consistency. Add more for a “looser” pesto and less for a “chunkier” version. Season to taste with a little more salt if needed.

Slice baguette and toast in the oven. Spread pesto on toasts and top with smoked gouda and chive blossoms.

*Store pesto in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Parsley- Mint Lemon Prosecco

May 1st, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup mint leaves
1 cup parsley leaves
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
½ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 lemon sliced in rings
1 bottle prosecco

Directions

In a medium sauce pan, add basil, mint, sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes. Turn off heat, cool and blend, strain. Add the lemon zest and juice and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Mix with a bottle or two of prosecco.

Raviolis with Ricotta and Mint and Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter and Micro Beet Greens

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese, drained
1 cup fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
Beet Pasta (recipe follows)
Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter (recipe follows)
Olive Oil
Micro Beet Greens

Directions

Mix the ricotta, goat cheese, orange zest and fresh herbs in a mixing bowl until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Make raviolis using the beet pasta, about 2 inch squares. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and place raviolis inside. Cook until tender, about 4 minutes. Raviolis should float when almost done, make sure to flip to ensure that both sides are cooked evenly. Take out of the boiling pot of water with a slotted spoon and place a dollop of shallot poppy seed butter on top. Garnish with some micro beet greens.

Fresh Beet Pasta

Ingredients

3 medium beets, cooked, peeled and chopped fine
3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

To make dough in a processor blend beets, flour, egg and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm and not sticky). Process dough for another 15 seconds to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To roll pasta divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and cover rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

Orange Shallot Poppy Seed Butter

Makes 2 cups butter

Ingredients

1½ sticks butter
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 tablespoon orange zest
12 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked

Directions

Heat all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir. Refrigerate until the mixture hardens.
In the meantime, in a medium sauté pan, melt butter and sauté shallots until translucent. Add poppy seeds, orange juice, and white wine and allow to cook down for about two minutes. Drizzle over cooked raviolis.

Asparagus and Ramp Zeppole with Minted Honey

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-30 small zeppole

Ingredients

1 pound fresh ricotta, drained
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup shaved and chopped asparagus
½ cup ramps, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Oil for frying
Minted Chili Honey*

Directions

In a large bowl whisk together the ricotta, eggs, salt, cayenne pepper, baking powder and flour until combined. Mix in the asparagus, ramps and mint leaves and mix again until the batter is thick. Refrigerate the batter for one hour. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan or fry pan making sure that there is at least 2 inches of oil in the pan to a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once hot, drop small spoonfuls of the batter in the pan and fry until golden brown, making sure to flip for a total of about 3-4 minutes. Take out and drain on paper towels. Serve with Minted Honey.

*Minted Chili Honey – Combine 1 cup honey with ¼ cup chopped fresh mint and 1 teaspoon chili flakes and put over heat at a temperature just before boiling for about 4 minutes. Take off heat and allow to come to room temperature.

Ginger Mint Iced Tea

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 large bunch of fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup lemon juice
¼ cup fresh grated ginger
1 cup Honey Syrup*
Water

Directions

Combine all ingredients except water in a pitcher and stir well. Add ice and then fill with water.

*Honey Syrup – Whisk together 1 cup honey with ¼ cup hot water until emulsified. Cool.

Asparagus & Mint Pesto

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 2½ cups

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed (½ inch off only) and chopped
½ cup fresh mint leaves, stems removed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1½ teaspoons salt

Directions

Place all ingredients, except the oil, in food processor and pulse until chopped pretty fine. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the top until the pesto reaches desired consistency. Add more for a “looser” pesto and less for a “chunkier” version. Season to taste with a little more salt if needed.

*Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Strawberry Mint Gin Mini Pesto Elixir

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

©Nissa Pierson, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Gowanus Brooklyn

Ingredients

1 cup simple syrup
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves
3 fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Juice of one lemon

Directions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth pesto-like sauce is created. Add about a half of a tablespoon of the sweet pesto to the top of 1 ounce of New York Distilling Company Gin. Gently Swirl the elixir down.

The Reformed Presbyterian

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

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Ingredients


A few fresh mint leaves
1½ ounces bourbon
¼ ounce Gran Classico
½ ounce lime juice
1 ounce fresh ginger syrup (turbinado sugar)
1 cup sugar
2 ounces seltzer
Lime peel & fresh ginger sliver garnish

Directions

Muddle a few mint leaves in a shaker. Add all other ingredients except for garnish into shaker, fill with ice and shake gently. Pour into a tall collins-style glass and garnish with a lime peel, releasing oils over the top of the cocktail, and a sliver of fresh ginger.

Green Chili Samosa Bites with Mint Chutney

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1½ lbs red or yellow potatoes, boiled, peeled and cubed
Juice of 1 lemon
2-3 green chilies, minced
1 tablespoon cumin powder
½ tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
Salt to taste
½ cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 package square wonton wrappers
1 egg, beaten
Oil for frying

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, add warm potatoes, lemon juice, green chilies, cumin, Garam Masala, cayenne pepper, sugar, oil, and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add peas to mixture and combine. Add one tablespoon of mixture into the center of wonton wrapper from one corner to the other in a triangle shape, brush edges with egg wash and seal shut by placing another wonton wrapper on top. Make sure all sides are sealed. Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry samosas a few at a time, until golden brown on each side. Take care not to overcrowd the oil. Serve with the Mint Chutney.

© Recipe by Palek Patel

Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

2 cups fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup water
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt plus additional to taste

Directions

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve cool, but not cold over Green Chili Samosa Bites.

©Recipe by Nissa Pierson

Mint Chutney

March 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

2 cups fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup water
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt plus additional to taste

Directions

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve cool, but not cold over Green Chili Samosa Bites.

©Recipe by Nissa Pierson

The Adler Beet

February 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cocktail

As I embarked on my creation process for a cocktail concoction for Tamar Adler’s last class in her  wonderful series  based on her best selling book at Ger-Nis, An Everlasting Meal, I knew it had to be vibrant, down to earth, secretively refined and smart, just like she is.  I knew it needed to be local and seasonal and utilized things we typically have on hand as home cooks.  So for this special cocktail created just for Tamar, I thought about the heavenly pairing of beets and oranges, one of my favorite couples, and knew a drink that emulated all of Tamar’s qualities and philosophies could be achieved.  So here it is, I think we captured her essence, at least for now.

Ingredients

Shaved or cracked ice
10 fresh mint leaves, torn into itty bitty pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces fresh orange juice, cara cara preferably
2 ounces local gin  (Brooklyn Gin, New York Distilling Co.)
½ ounce lemon juice
1 ounce Ginger Beet Honey (recipe follows)
Orange Peel
Bittermans Ginger, Black Pepper All Spice Bitters (ore equivalent, peppery spicy exotic bitters)
Few dashes of gratitude

Directions

In a shaker filled with shaved ice, combine the mint and the sugar and shake vigorously muddling the mint into the sugar and ice.  Add the orange juice, gin and lemon juice and shake vigorously again.  Add the ginger beet honey into the shaker and stir.  Strain into a low ball glass that has had the rim rubbed with the orange peel and with one ice chunk inside.  Garnish with the orange peel and 3-4 drops of the bitters.  Then add a few dashes of gratitude towards all the good folks who made your ingredients and of course to the chef who made your drink.  Bottoms up.

Ginger Beet Honey

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

½ cup ginger pieces, sliced into thin slices (peels on)
2 beets, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup honey


Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine the ginger, beets, zest, black pepper, water and sugar and bring to a boil.  Reduce the temperature to simmer and cook for approximately 10 minutes.  Take off heat and allow standing until totally cool.  Strain and discard the beet and ginger pieces.  In a mason jar, combine the honey and the beet syrup and shake until incporporated.

Harissa & Preserved Lemon Mint Martini

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

3 ounces gin
½ ounce mint infused dry vermouth (recipe follows)
½ ounce preserved lemon liquid (recipe follows)
2-3 drops harissa (recipe follows)
Preserved lemon garnish
Mint leaf garnish

Directions

In a glass filled with ice place the gin and the vermouth and stir. Add the lemon preserved liquid and strain into a martini glass. Place one preserved lemon segment and a mint leaf in for garnish and drop 2-3 drops harissa in the center.

Quick Preserved Lemons

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

10 lemons, scrubbed of any wax or residue
3 tablespoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
½ cup lemon juice

Directions

Slice lemons, including peel, removing as many seeds as possible. Put the lemons and their juice in a bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and sugar. Toss well, and transfer to a jar. Let the mixture sit for at least 3 hours at room temperature, shaking the jar periodically. It can be served at that point or refrigerated for up to a week.

Ger-Nis Harissa

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

8 dried guajillo chilies, stems removed, broken
5 dried red chilies, stems removed, broken
1 dired chili de arbol
1 cup boiling water
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon caraway seeds, toasted
4 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper, roasted & peeled
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves (optional)

Directions

Place the dried chilies in a medium bowl and cover with the boiling water, let stand for about 15 minutes, allowing the chilies to soften. Grind the toasted seeds until a powder is formed. Transfer the softened chilies, the spices, the garlic, the red pepper, the lemon zest and juice, the salt and the olive oil into a food processor and process until smooth. At this stage add the fresh mint leaves and process until all the mint is chopped and incorporated. Season with salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Mint Infused Vermouth

Ingredients

1 bottle dry vermouth
20 fresh mint leaves, torn in half

Directions

In a mason jar or large jar combine the vermouth and the mint and allow to infuse, turning upside down periodically, for 2 days. Strain.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Apples & Mint

December 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds brussel sprouts, cleaned, trimmed and halved lengthwise
2 tart apples, cored and chopped into bite size chunks (peel on)
1 medium red onion, chopped medium
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, torn into small pieces
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon almond oil (optional)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F and place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Next, place in a heavy bottom ceramic or glass baking dish. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, making sure to shuffle and toss brussel sprouts, apples and onion around the pan while baking to allow for even brownness. Cook until just before charring.

Tamarind Beef Satay with Hot & Cold Cucumber Mint Sauce

October 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1½ pounds beef, hanger of flank steak preffered, cut into strips and pound thin
Wooden Skewers, pre-soaked
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 cloves of garlic, grated
1 shallot, chopped fine
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 3 limes
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sambal
Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

Mix the tamarind, ginger, garlic, shallot, lime juice and zest, soy sauce and sambal together in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat in the marinade overnight or for at least an hour. Thread the meat on the skewer into a long thin meat stick. Grill until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside or about 2-3 minutes per side. Brushing with the marinade as desired. Serve with Hot and Cold Cucumber Sauce.

Hot & Cold Cucumber Sauce

Makes 1½ cups sauce

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
2 tablespoons spicy sambal sauce
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cold over satay.

Oven Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Mint Chutney

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 chicken pieces, thighs, breasts, wings, drumsticks etc
Salt & pepper
1.5 ounces of Ger-Nis’ tandoori spice mix (recipe follows)
½ cup yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tablespoon lemon zest
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Cucumber Mint Chutney (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub a little bit of the tandoori spice mixture all over each piece and let them sit at least 5-8 minutes, refrigerated. In the meantime in a blender blend the yogurt, cilantro, mint, lemon juice, zest, ginger and garlic until a thick chunky paste is formed. Not too smooth and not too chunky. Pour the mixture in a bowl and whisk in remaining tandoori spice mixture until incorporated. Drizzle the yogurt tandoori paste over the chicken pieces coating evenly. Let stand for about 1 hour and up to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place in a glass baking dish in the oven with the marinade and bake for about 30 minutes. Garnish with the Cucumber Mint Chutney.

Cucumber Mint Chutney

Makes 1½ cups chutney

Ingredients

1 cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
3 tablespoons lemon juice, with pulp
2 tablespoons grape seed oil or vegetable oil
½ tablespoon black mustard seeds, crushed
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste possibly)
½-¾ cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped superfine

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and mix thoroughly and gently. Let stand for about 20 minutes before serving, serve cool not cold over tandoori spiced chicken.

Summer Squash Soup with Mint Pesto

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ tablespoon red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Eggplant Caviar with Mint Yogurt Sauce

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces Greek Yogurt
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice eggplant in half and place skin side down on a lined baking sheet. Roast about 40-45 minutes or until brown, bubbly and tender. Set aside to cool. In the same oven at the end of the eggplant’s time place the tomatoes in a glass baking dish and sprinkle with cumin seeds, cilantro, salt, lemon zest and garlic. Roast for about 5-10 minutes. Remove the eggplant from its skin and chop super fine. In a large mixing bowl combine eggplant and tomatoes and mix well. Divide up into ramekins and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Place in the broiler for about 3 minutes or until slightly charred on top. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the yogurt, mint and lemon juice and mix well. Season with salt and drizzle the over the eggplant and garnish with a mint or cilantro leaf.

Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Chili and Mint and Toasted Pine Nuts

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9

Ingredients

4-5 Summer Squash, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
4 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the squash, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Grilled Eggplant Rolls with Tomatoes and Zucchini Mint Salsa

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Serves 6-9

Ingredients

2 large globe eggplants, sliced thin, long ways
Salt & pepper
Olive oil
3 medium tomatoes, roasted and chopped small
3 cloves garlic, roasted and chopped small
1 medium yellow onion, roasted and chopped small
1 small zucchini, roasted and chopped small
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 cup fresh ricotta

Directions

Lay the eggplant down on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. Pre-heat oven to 425°F. On another baking sheet place the tomatoes, garlic, onions and zucchini, making sure they are in large pieces and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place in the oven and roast for about 10 minutes or until charred slightly. Set aside and allow to cool. In the meantime grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Chop all the roasted vegetables and toss in a bowl and toss together with lemon zest, juice and fresh herbs. Spoon a dollop or two of the ricotta on the grilled eggplant and spoon some of the roasted salsa on top. Roll up the eggplant and drizzle some of the juice from the roasted salsa over the top.

Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 small white eggplants (about 1 pound each) cut into ½ inch thick slices the long way
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 red chilis, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons yuzi rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro Red Pepper Relish (recipe follows)

Directions

Lay the eggplant down on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, shallot, chilies, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, zest, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar and lice juice. Pour the mixture over the eggplant and flip brushing it all over the eggplant. Grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Serve with Cilantro Pepper Relish.

Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemongrass bulb, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoon red chili, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon yuzu rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Grilled Chicken Pillards with Cucumber and Melon Herb Salsa

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Serves 6

Ingredients

4 large chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
Salt/pepper
1 teaspoon lime zest
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
½ medium sized cantaloupe, deseeded, peeled and chopped small
2 large cucumbers, deseeded and chopped small
½ red onion, chopped fine
Salt & black pepper

Directions

Pound the chicken breasts in between two sheets of plastic or in a zip lock bag with a meat hammer until about ½ inch thick and consistently even. Cut into small triangle or similar shapes about 3-4 inches in circumference. Season with salt & pepper. Preheat your grill or an oven to 325°F. In a small bowl whisk together the zest, citrus juices, vinegar, oil and agave nectar until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the fresh herbs. Pour over the cucumbers and melons in another bowl and mix well. Let stand at room temperature while the chicken cooks. Place chicken on greased grill for a few minutes on each side or in the oven for about 5-10 minutes flipping once more. Serve the chicken pillards with the salsa spooned over the top.

Chilled Cucumber Raita with Mustard Seeds

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Makes approximately 4 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of canola oil
¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds
2 large cucumbers, seeded and diced
3 cups of plain yogurt (whole or reduce fat)
¼ cup of mint chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
Green chilies, optional

Directions

Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them pop in oil for approximately a minute. This makes the oil very aromatic. Remove pan from heat and cool. Peel and seed cucumbers cut into small dice. Stir cooled mustard seeds into yogurt and whisk yogurt. Stir mint, cumin, salt and green chilies. Refrigerate for at least an hour, until the mixture is chilled.

Vietnamese Summer Garden Noodle Salad

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Serves 6

Ingredients

1 package buckwheat soba noodles, cooked, and rinsed cool (or Rice noodles)
1 cups napa cabbage, shredded
1 cup red cabbage, shredded
1 cups baby bok choy leaves
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 medium carrot, ribboned with a peeler
½ cucumber, peeled and chopped
½ cup daikon radish, matchsticked
7-8 shitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup mung bean spouts
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, julienned
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
¼ fresh cilantro leaves
Chopped peanuts for garnish

Dressing……

Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup sesame oil
¼ cup tamari
3 tablespoons yuzo rice vinegar (regular rice vinegar works as well)
1 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions

In a large mixing bowl toss together all salad ingredients until well mixed, set aside. In the meantime whisk together the dressing ingredients until well mixed, toss together with salad ingredients and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Lemony Pesto Verde

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Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Linguica Sausage, Chicken, Lobster & Steamer Clams in Herb Butter & Lemony Pesto

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Serves 9

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 cloves, garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red chili pepper, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1 pound baby potatoes, whole
1 pound linguica sausage, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces.
3 ears of corn cobs, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 dozen littleneck clams, scrubbed
1 dozen steamer clams, scrubber
1 small lobster
2 cups white wine
Salt & pepper
Herb Butter (recipe follows)
Lemony Pesto (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium high and sauté the garlic, chili and onions until semi translucent or about 3 minutes. Turn heat to low and layer all the rest of the items in the pan in the following order: potatoes, sausage, corn, chicken, tomatoes, littlenecks, steamers and then lay the lobster down on top of all of the steamers. Pour about two cups of wine over the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cover and turn up heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes. Steam should be trying to escape out the pan. Turn down a bit lower and cook for another 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender all the way through and all the clams are opened. Take the pan off the heat and place a few large dollops of herb butter in the top of the pan over the lobster. And let stand for a few minutes. Remove the lobster and cut it up. To serve first mix the clambake up after the lobster has been removed and the herb butter placed on top. Spoon the mixture in a large flat shaped bowl and place a bit of lobster on top. Drizzle the lemony pesto on top and serve!

Herb Butter
Makes 1 cup butter

Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herb leaves, chopped:
Tarragon, parsley, basil, chives, lemon thyme
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Lemony Pesto Verde
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine (optional)
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Mango Shrimp Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

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Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
24 medium sized shrimp, shelled, poached and tails removed
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Place two cooked shrimp in the wrap. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Herbal Ouzo Lemonade

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Makes one pitcher of lemonade

Ingredients

½ cup fresh tarragon leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh thai basil leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
1⁄3 cup water
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1½ cups ouzo
Ice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the fresh herbs (leave the reserved herbs aside), water and sugar, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and blend in a blender. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and reserve syrup for later. In the mean time, in a blender, place 1 cup syrup, 1½ cups ouzo, 1 cup lemon juice, one tablespoon lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons of the reserved herbs and fill with ice. Blend until smooth and slushy. Place in a glass and drizzle the herbal syrup over the top, garnish with a fresh herb leaf of choice!

Zucchini, Chili & Mint Panini with Parmesan

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Makes 4-6 Paninis

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt
12-18 slices parmesan cheese
Ciabatta bread slices

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well. Let the zucchini sit for about 10 minutes. After the zucchini has marinated place some parmesan on each side of the bread slices, layer the zucchini ribbons on the cheese and drizzle a little dressing on. Fold the bread over and cook in a panini press making sure that the outside of the bread is greased or oiled for optimal crispness.

Tarragon Peach Herbal Iced Tea

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Makes 1 pitcher

Tarragon and mint have a history of being a truly refreshing duo in the dead of summer’s heat. The addition of summer sweet peaches only makes for a sweeter ad perhaps more sultry experience!

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup sliced peaches
1 cup turbinado sugar or raw unprocessed sugar
1 cup water
2 mint tea bags
Ice
Water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine the herb, peaches, sugar and water and bring to boil. Reduce heat, place the two tea bags in the syrup and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and continue to let steep for about 10 more minutes or until the mixture is slightly darker and clearly infused. Leave the mixture on strained however you can strain the mixture if desired. Pour the syrup in a large pitcher filled with ice and add water! The peaches and herbs float to become the garnish.

Heirloom Squash & Chili Mint Salad

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Serves 6

Ingredients

5 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 -2 teaspoons fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Stone Fruit Herbal Sodas

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Makes 1 soda

Ingredients

Ice
2 ounces herbal stone fruit syrup of choice
Soda water
Stone fruit garnish of choice

Directions

Pour two ounces of the stone fruit herbal syrup on a large glass filled with ice. Fill with soda water and stir. Add more syrup for added sweetness, stir and garnish with a piece of stone fruit or an herb leaf.

Tarragon Peach Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves only
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe peach, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the tarragon, sugar, water and peaches in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Rosemary Plum Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

3 tablespoons rosemary leaves
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe plums, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the rosemary, sugar, water and plums in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Nectarine Mint Syrup

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Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

½ cup mint
½ cup sugar
1 cup water
1 ripe nectarine, pitted and chopped

Directions

Combine the mint, sugar, water and nectarine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about five minutes. Take off heat, cool and blend until smooth.

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger-Mint Honey Dressing

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Makes approx ¾ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon grated ginger
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
Fresh seasonal summer fruit: melons, peaches, plums, wedge and chopped

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients together until blended well. Place the fruit in a large bowl or on a large platter and drizzle the dressing over it.

Fettuccini Nero Al Mar

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Serves 4-6

This recipe is inspired by two experiences actually, my trip to the Lingurian coast and my many trips to Al di La in Brooklyn and my many Sepia Al Nero meals I have had right here in my own backyard. I often try to recreate Anna’s dishes and with an okay amount of success and this dish is no exception. I would like to think I learned a few tricks in Italy that can perhaps, maybe, almost compete with Anna’s version, which I have to admit is just about exactly the same as I found all along the coast of Italy!

Ingredients

Cuttlefish Ink Fettuccini, cooked (regular pasta dough) made with 1 tablespoon cuttlefish ink
*for whatever reason the sepia ink is said to drown out the taste of the salt in the past so add 1 teaspoon salt extra to the recipe using the ink
Olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili’s (dried chili flakes can be substituted)
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 cloves garlic
1 cup rock shrimp
1 cup cuttlefish pieces, chopped large
2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pesto
¼ cup fresh mint

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat the oil, chilies and lemon zest and sauté the garlic for a few minutes. Add the rock shrimp and cuttlefish pieces and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt and the pesto and stir. Cook for about 5-8 minutes and toss together with pasta and fresh mint.

Mutton Holler Swamp Coolers

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Makes one gallon of non alcoholic mixer

Ingredients

Zest of 5 limes
Zest of 4 lemons
Juice of 10 limes
Juice of 10 lemons
2 cups mint simple syrup
1 cup cucumber puree (cucumbers pureed)
1 cup strawberry puree (strawberries pureed)
4 cups water
4 cups seltzer water
Ice
Cucumber slices, strawberry sliced, lemon slices and mint leaves
Cucumber infused gin for the alcoholic drinks (cucumber slices infused in gin for 2 days)

Directions

In a big jug mix all ingredients and stir well. Pour in ice. For alcoholic drink place 2 ounces of cucumber gin in a glass and fill with mutton holler swamp cooler juice!

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

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Serves 6

Ingredients

¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Salt/pepper
Pecorino cheese for garnish

Directions

Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

Salsa Verde

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Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil, chili and lemon zest. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until semi translucent or about 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh squid and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and herbs to the mixture and season with salt. Add the wine and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Serve with the salsa verde drizzled over the warm squid with crusty bread.

Salsa Verde
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Garden Flounder Ceviche

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Flounder fillets, sliced in thin strips or cut into small cubes
1 medium zucchini, chopped super fine
1 medium carrot, chopped super fine
½ medium red onion, chopped fine
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 teaspoon red chili, chopped fine
1 small shallot, chopped fine
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup micro herbs or sprouts
Juice of 2 lemons
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup champagne vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
Black pepper

Directions

Place the fish and the vegetables in a large mixing bowl and season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the paprika, herbs, lemon juice, zest, vinegar and oil. Mix together with fish and vegetables and season with pepper. Let stand refrigerated for about 45 minutes. Serve cold!

Lemon-Mint Striped Bass Ceviche

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds striped bass fillets, cut into thin slivers or strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup fresh orange juice
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, citrus flavor preferred
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced thin
1 cup black cured olives, pitted and halved
1 cup fresh mint, chopped
Black pepper

Directions

In a baking dish lay out cut fish and season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, zest, and oil. Pour over fish and add the red onions and mint and stir, let stand for 25 minutes in the refrigerator. Take out and let stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes and season with black pepper.

Thai Coconut Scallop Ceviche

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds of Nantucket Bay Scallops
2 teaspoons salt
Juice and zest of 3 limes
½ cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon lemon grass bulb, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped into a paste
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 or 2 red thai chilis, sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh thai basil, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Chopped peanut for garnish (optional)

Directions

Place the scallops in a bowl and season with salt. In another mixing bowl mix the lime juice, coconut milk, hoisin and all the garlic, ginger lemon grass and sugar until well mixed. Add the thai chilis, bell pepper and mix well. Marinate refrigerated about 30-45 minutes. Take out or the refrigerator and add the fresh herbs, let stand for 10 minutes and serve garnished with peanuts!

Citrus Chili Atlantic Mackerel Ceviche

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped super fine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and garnish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Mediterranean Lentil & Bulgur Salad

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Serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup lentils, cooked
1 cup cracked bulgur wheat, cooked
1 medium cucumber, peeled, deseeded and chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
½ cup lemon juice
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Directions

In a large mixing bowl toss together the lentils, bulgur, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes and herbs until well mixed. Pout the olive oil and lemon juice over the top and mix gently. Season with salt and pepper and gently fold in the feta. Allow to stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

Silver-Dollar Walnut Cakes with Berry Compote and Lemon Ricotta

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Serves 4

Ingredients

For the Pancake Mix

1½ cups buckwheat flour
1½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1¼ cups almond milk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped walnuts
Cooking spray

For the Berry Compote

½ pint blueberries
½ pint strawberries sliced
½ pint raspberries
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
2 tablespoons water

For the Lemon Ricotta

½ cup skim ricotta
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons basil, chopped
1 tablespoon mint, chopped

Directions

In a small sauce pan, add berries, water and marmalade. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until it thickens. Mix together ingredients for the ricotta & store in fridge till its time to serve.

Preheat griddle over medium heat. Mix dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to dry. Fold together. Measure out cakes with a small ladle or ice cream scoop to a sprayed griddle. Cook each for about 3 minutes per side, and store cooked cakes in a warm oven (200°) until all are cooked.

Place cakes on plate (3 for a full serving of whole grains). Top with compote and a dollop of ricotta mixture.

Turn leftovers into a trifle by alternating cake, compote, ricotta in a tall glass container. Top with any extra compote. Cover with plastic wrap and place a small plate on top to weigh down. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour. Turn upside down over plate and remove bowl. Slice like a cake and serve.

Heirloom Squash & Chili Mint Salad

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Serves 2

Ingredients

2 zucchinis, cut into ribbons (using a mandolin)
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, deseeded and chopped superfine
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together the zucchini, garlic, lemon juice and mint. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over it and sprinkle with chilies, pine nuts and salt and mix well.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Ricotta, Olives, and Herbs

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Serves 5-7 people

Ingredients

1 cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large red onion, sliced
1 cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
½ cup pitted green olive (ideally calabrese or something equally briny)
Red wine vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil (ideally Frantoia or Montevertine)
Black pepper

Directions

Place ricotta cheese in mixing bowl and whisk with about a ¼ cup of olive oil until cheese is smooth. Season lightly with kosher salt and black pepper. Place Heirloom and Cherry tomatoes on plate and season with generous amount of sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of red wine vinegar (important to get a little vinegar on each tomato). In a separate mixing bowl, toss together onions, herbs, and olives, and season with red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly over tomatoes. Place healthy dollops of ricotta on top of entire salad and drizzle with more olive oil and sprinkle with final pinch of sea salt.

Recipe courtesy of John Adler, franny’s

Watermelon Lime & Mint Granita

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice and zest of 2 limes
2 cups watermelon

Directions

In a blender place all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Pour into a low metal dish with sides and freeze. After the first hour, using a fork, scrape puree every 20-30 minutes while it freezes. This should create flaky crystals. Freeze and scrape until desired consistency. The process should take approximately 2-3 hours. The granita can be scraped at the very end as well but the consistency (flaky ice crystals) will be better if you follow the method of occasional scraping. Before serving, scrape well to get icy crystals.

Wholegrain Savory Garden Scones

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 10 scones

These amazingly delicious scones are perfect for those who want a quick and savory breakfast option.
Easy on the go and healthy! Eat with a dollop of herbal butter or tomato preserves.

Ingredients

1½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup buckwheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
¼ cup fresh corn kernels
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons carrots, grated
2 tablespoons green onions, sliced fine
3 tablespoons zucchini, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup cheddar cheese (optional)
13 cup butter, unsalted, cubed and chilled
½ cup low fat milk or buttermilk
2 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper, stir well. Add the vegetables and mix until all the vegetables are mixed and covered in flour. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles a course meal with chunks of vegetables in it. In a spate mixing bowl whisk together milk and eggs until beaten. Add the milk mixture to the flour and vegetable mixture and stir until combined fully. Pick the dough up and give it a few kneads but just enough to hold it together. Roll the dough out onto a cutting board forming an 5-8 inch circle about an inch thick. Cut the dough into 8-10 wedges and place on a lined baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and a stick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool before serving. For storage wrap in a plastic zip lock or tupperware and store refrigerated up to 2 weeks. Alternatively scones can be stored outside of the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Kelp Noodles Pad Thai and Almond Sauce

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

Pad Thai mixture

1 carrot, julienne
1 red pepper, filled, julienne
½ red cabbage, thinly sliced or mandolin
¼ cup snow peas, cut thinly on diagonal
1 spring onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 small red chili, minced
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 cup mung bean sprouts
½ cup kelp noodles, soak in hot water 10 minutes
10 leaves of basil, chiffonade
1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
10 mint leaves, chiffonade

Sauce for kelp noodles

½ tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon of sesame oil

The almond ginger sauce

3 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon tamari
½ cm ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
A pinch of cayenne

Directions

Take Phad Thai ingredients except the kelp noodles, put in a medium size bowl and mix, set aside.
Mix all together in a bowl almond butter, tamari and sesame oil. Once mixed together put the drained kelp noodles in the bowl of sauce and massage thoroughly with hands. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Take part the almond sauce blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Take the pad thai mixture and the kelp noodles with it’s sauce and mix together, put a good amount on a plate drizzle almond sauce around and over pad thai.

Garnish with mint, chiffonade, cilantro leaves and finely chopped almonds.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Cauliflower Tabouli with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

1 head of cauliflower, cut up in pieces
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
1 cup cucumbers, seeded and diced
¼ cup hemp seeds
2 bunches of flat parsley, finely chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, finely chopped

Directions

Put the cut cauliflower in the food processor and process until it resembles couscous.
Put the cauliflower that now resembles couscous in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients and mix. Taste and make adjustments.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Summer Squash Soup with Basil-Mint Pistou

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
2 patty pan squash, chopped
1 yellow zucchini, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups onion broth or light vegetable stock
½ cup fresh basil leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
½ red chili flakes
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil and butter on a medium high heat, add the shallots and the onions and cook until translucent. Add the squash and chives and cook for about 5 minutes or until semi soft. Season with salt and add vegetable stock and cook on medium for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly and blend until smooth using a blender or a hand held mixer. In the meantime in a blender combine the fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil and blend until smooth, season with chili flakes and salt and drizzle on top of the soup.

Cava melon Sangria

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pitcher

Ingredients

1 cup honeydew melon, balled
1 cup cantaloupe, balled
½ cup galia melon, balled
½ cup basil, chopped
½ cup mint, chopped
¼ cup honey
Juice and zest of one lemon, lime and orange
2 bottles cava or an effervescent white wine

Directions

Muddle basil, mint, honey, zest and juice and combine with wine and melons. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until cold before serving.

Watermelon Mint Lime Cubes

June 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 2 limes
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
½ cup raw sugar or regular sugar
2 cups watermelon cubed into ½ inch cubes

Directions

In a mixing bowl combine the lime zest, mint, lime juice, and sugar and whisk until all sugar is incorporated. Place the watermelon cubes in a large bowl and pour the juice and zest mixture over the cubes. Toss together and place in a zip lock freezer bag and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Pop into your mouth and enjoy!

Eggs in Herbal Purgatory

June 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

This quick and easy dish has its origins in Naples and originated as a means to use up leftover sauce at breakfast time. The eggs are essentially cooked in the tomato sauce, hence the purgatory! Many cultures all over the world utilize this Italian idea, this recipe has more of the Middle Eastern influences that we see in shakshuka, which is originally and Israeli version of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce!

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 green or red chilies (as spicy as you want your dish to be, use mild chilies for no heat)
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon smoky paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
½ cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
Warm pita or bread for serving

Directions

In a large sauté pan with raised edges at least 3 inches, heat olive oil about 4 tablespoons on a moderate high heat. Add chilies, onions, garlic, and sauté until onions are beginning to caramelize and char or about 5-7 minutes. Add the cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper and stir well. Pour in the canned tomatoes and break apart with your hands as you add them in. Stir well and cook down about 10 minutes or until all mixture is juicy and tomato saucy. Turn burner to a moderately low heat and make sure the tomato sauce is even throughout the pan. Crack the eggs one by one, making sure not to disturb the yoke, and making sure the eggs are all over the pan. Poach the eggs, basting them with tomato sauce from the pan using a spoon. The eggs should be done in about 4 minutes, if you would like the yolks more done, place more tomato mixture atop the yolks (carefully) and cook for about 6 minutes.) Remove from heat and sprinkle with the feta and the herbs! Serve with warm pita or bread.

Curried Cauliflower Yogurt Chicken

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

The yogurt in this curry creates a mild and cool flavor, very herbaceous and not too spicy!

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ginger, chopped fine
1 serrano chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (optional)
1 medium red onion, chopped coarsely
1 red bell pepper, chopped coarsely
1 ½ cups cauliflower florets
3 medium chicken breasts, sliced in strips
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup snap peas
2 tablespoon of Ger-Nis Mild Curry (recipe follows)
Juice of 4 limes & zest
¾ cup yogurt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped fine

Directions

Heat oils in a large skillet on medium high, add garlic, ginger and chili pepper. Sauté approximately 2 minutes, then add red onion and red bell pepper. Sauté until just tender, approximately 2 more minutes. Add chicken and sauté until chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes, stirring constantly still on medium high heat. Add the cauliflower florets. Reduce heat to simmer and add tomatoes and curry seasoning as well as lime juice and zest, mix well and cook on low heat for about 3-4 minutes stirring constantly until tomatoes fall apart. Add the snap peas and mix in. Reduce heat again to simmer and add yogurt and mint and cilantro and mix until all yogurt is blended in. Take off heat & Serve over rice or with Indian Naan bread.

Ger-Nis Mild Curry Seasoning

Makes 1 cup

A delicious yet mild curry seasoning that can be made and stored for up to six months in a glass jar for future use!

Ingredients

4 tablespoons ground cumin
4 tablespoons ground coriander
5 tablespoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground mild mustard powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

In a mixing bowl mix together all ingredients place in a jar and store for up to six months!

Cucumber & Gazpacho Granita Ice Bites

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20-25 bites

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced semi thin
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 cup chopped tomato
¼ cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

On a baking sheet lines with parchment paper, freeze the cucumber slices. In a blender combine the gazpacho ingredients: chopped cucumber, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, olive oil, herbs and salt. Blend until semi smooth. Place blended gazpacho on a metal baking sheet and freeze, scraping with a fork every 10-15 minutes until a icy granite is formed. Place a spoonful of the granite in-between two frozen cucumber slices and freeze again. Allow to thaw for a few minutes before serving.

Mint Pita Chips

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Culinary class 044

Serves 8

Ingredients

4 pita rounds, each cut into 8 triangles
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped fine
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. On a baking sheet, place pita triangles, drizzle with olive oil, cumin, and mint. Season with salt, and mix well to coat pita. Place in oven, and back until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes.

Spring Herbal Osso Bucco & Herbed Gremolata

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

This lovely & lively dish is perfect for a chilly spring day, perfectly fresh yet warming with loads of fresh herbs and spring vegetables.

Ingredients

4-6 cross-cut veal shanks (osso bucco tied with kitchen string)
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 sprigs onions, whites and green parts, chopped fine
1 medium carrot, chopped fine
1 small fennel bulb, cut in half and sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken or onion broth
3 plum tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh peas
Herbed Germolata (recipe follows)

Directions

Tie the veal shanks up with the kitchen twine so that the shanks stay together. In a small mixing bowl mix the flour and mint and season with salt. Dredge the osso buco in the flour until they are all coated. In a large dutch oven or le creuset bring the oil to a medium high heat. Brown the osso buco on all side or about 2 minutes on each. Take out of the pan and set aside. Sauté the garlic, onions and lemon zest for a few minutes or until translucent. Add the carrots and the fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté a few more minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne and add the herbs. Mix well and continue to sauté. Add the wine and stir well removing any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken stock and the tomatoes and stir well. Add the veal shanks to the pot and cover with the vegetables and juice. Turn the burner to low and cook for about 30 minutes. Add the peas and cook another 5 minutes. Take off heat and serve on its own, with pasta, polenta or rice and topped with the herbed gremolata.

Herbed Gremolata

Makes approximately ½ cup

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh marjoram, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
3 tablespoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon maldon salt
½ teaspoon red chili flakes

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix well.

Herbed Calamari with Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Vegetable oil for deep frying (about 2 cups)
¼ cup lemon juice
½ cup buttermilk
1 pound squid with tentacles, cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ cup flour
½ cup cornmeal
½ cup breadcrumbs (fine)
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground fine
Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges

Directions

In a small mixing bowl mix together the lemon juice and the buttermilk and add the calamari, making sure to mix well and that all calamari pieces are covered with the milk and lemon mixture. Let marinate for about 30 minutes. Heat the oil to a medium high heat. In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, cornmeal, and breadcrumbs, then add in the herbs making sure they are chopped superfine. Season with salt and pepper and set mixture aside. Strain the calamari and little by little place the calamari in the flour mixture, gently tumbling around until completely coated in the flour mixture. Drop into the hot oil and allow to fry for about 1-2 minutes or until the calamari is floating for more than a few seconds. Drain on paper towels. Serve with lemon wedges and the aioli for dipping.

Chive Blossom Garlic Aioli

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chive blossoms

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and mayonnaise-like and will have a nice garlic bite. Add one tablespoon of the chive blossoms and blend a few more seconds. Place the aioli in a small bowl and mix in remaining chive blossoms. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Santorini Roasted Eggplant

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4 medium baby eggplants, cut in half
2 medium red onions, cut in half
3 medium tomatoes, cut in half
1 red pepper, cut into thick long strips
¼ cup fresh oregano, chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Directions

Place eggplants, red onions, tomatoes, and red pepper flesh side up on a large cutting board, sprinkle with a decent amount of salt. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and mix in a large mixing bowl. Grill all items on grill placing eggplant flesh side down until all items are grilled to medium consistency and eggplant is cooked through. Cool. Remove eggplant from skin and mash in a large mixing bowl. Chop onion and peppers and add to eggplant mixture. Add fresh herbs, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and mix again.

Santorini Tzaziki

May 24th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

1 medium sized cucumber, peeled out but not deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup fresh dill, chopped
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper

Directions

In a small bowl mix together the cucumber and yogurt until combined. Stir in the garlic, fresh herbs and the lemon juice and again stir well until the sauce is creamy. Season with salt and pepper and taste.

Tomato Croquettes

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cup plum tomatoes, chopped (include juices)
¼ cup Santorini Dried Tomatoes, chopped
½ cup yellow onion, chopped fine
2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
2 small red chilies, roasted and chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt and ground black pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup bread crumbs
Olive oil for frying

Directions

Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic, herbs, chilies and spices in a large bowl. Add flour, bread crumbs, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix together to the consistency of a thick batter (adding a little water if need be). In a large heavy skillet, heat enough olive oil for frying. Take one heaped tablespoon at a time and drop the batter into the hot oil; fry until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Serve with Tzaziki.

Herbal Ouzo Lemonade

May 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one pitcher of lemonade

Ingredients

½ cup fresh tarragon leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
½ cup fresh thai basil leaves, 1 tablespoon reserved
13 cup water
13 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup simple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1½ cups ouzo
Ice

Directions

In a medium sauce pan place the fresh herbs (leave the reserved herbs aside), water and sugar, stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool and blend in a blender. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and reserve syrup for later. In the mean time, in a blender, place 1 cup syrup, 1½ cups ouzo, 1 cup lemon juice, one tablespoon lemon zest, and 3 tablespoons of the reserved herbs and fill with ice. Blend until smooth and slushy. Place in a glass and drizzle the herbal syrup over the top, garnish with a fresh herb leaf of choice!

Minted Iced Cocoa

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 iced cocoas

Ingredients

4 cups skim milk
½ cup fresh mint leaves
¼ cup sugar
4 ounces dark chocolate

Directions

In a medium sauce pan combine the milk, mint leaves and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Remove mint leaves and add dark chocolate, whisking continuously until all the chocolate is melted. Take off heat and cool. Serve over ice, garnished with a mint leaf.

Fruit, Herb & Nut Parfaits

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla flavor
½ cup blackberries
½ cup strawberries, cut in half and hulled
¼ cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions

In a small saucepan combine the fresh herbs, honey and vanilla extract and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the honey is infused with the herbs flavor. Place the yogurt in a bowl or a glass and place some berries on top. Next sprinkle some almonds and pumpkin seeds and top with a few flax seeds. Drizzle the infused honey over the entire parfait while the honey is still warm, not hot.

Carrot Orange Mint Sodas

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 sodas


Ingredients


¼ cup mint leaves, chopped fine
2 cups orange juice
¼ cup honey (optional)
4-6 carrots (medium sized)
Ice
Seltzer water


Directions


Mix together chopped basil leaves, orange juice and honey and set aside. Juice the carrots and mix juice together with the orange and basil mixture. Dived the mixed juice between four classes and fill glasses with ice, place a bit of the seltzer water on to fill and serve, garnish with a basil leaf.

Roasted Spring Vegetable Salsa and Whole Wheat Chips

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 2-3 cups salsa

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 small spring onions, chopped fine
½ cup fennel bulb, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
3 spears of asparagus, chopped fine
½ cup fresh peas
½ cup carrots, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon chopped chives, chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili flakes
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon maldon salt
Whole Wheat chips (Recipe Follows)

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425° F. Place the garlic, onions, fennel, red pepper, asparagus, peas and carrots on a line baking sheet and roast for about 10 -15 minutes or until all vegetables are beginning to brown and char. In the mean time whisk together the fresh herbs, lemon zest lemon juice, chili flakes and olive oil. When roasted vegetables come out of the oven immediately place in a bowl and drizzle with dressing. Mix well and season with salt. Serve with whole wheat chips.

Lemony Whole Wheat Chips

Serves 4

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the parsley, oil, lemon juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Thai Poached Chili-Lemongrass-Ginger Mint Shrimp with Fresh Sweet Chili Sauce

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 cups water
1 tablespoon ginger, sliced thin
1 tablespoon lemon grass, sliced thin
3 sprigs of fresh mint
1 thai red chili, sliced
2 limes (1 sliced, 1 wedged)
1 pound medium sized shrimp
Sweet Chili Sauce

Directions

In a medium sauce pan add the water, lime, ginger, lemon grass, mint and red chili and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil and add shrimp. Poach shrimp for a few minutes until bright pink and semi firm. Place in an ice bath to flash cool. Serve with sweet chili sauce and lime wedges.

Thai Cucumber Salad with Roasted Peanuts

May 23rd, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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Serves 6

Ingredients

2 english cucumbers, peeled and chopped fine
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 red chili, chopped fine
½ cups fresh mint, chopped
Juice of 2 limes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
Salt
Roasted peanuts, chopped coarsely

Directions

Toss together in a large mixing bowl the cucumbers, garlic, ginger, red onion, bell pepper, red chili and chopped mint. Squeeze lime juice on top and add the sugar and the vinegar. Mix together well and season to taste with salt. Garnish with roasted chopped peanuts.

Fresh Thai Beef Cabbage Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound flank steak
Salt
1 fresh thai chili, sliced thin
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Zest of one lime
Juice of three limes
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cups red cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
½ cup daikon radish, cut into 2-inch matchsticks
1 cup baby romaine lettuces
Black sesame seeds
Lime wedges

Directions

Season the flank steak with salt and the thai chili and let stand for about 10 minutes at room temperature. In a blender add the ginger, garlic, zest, lime juice, fresh herbs, sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame oil. Blend until smooth. Add a few spoonfuls onto the meat (both sides). Preheat broiler. In a large mixing bowl toss together cabbage, carrots and daikon. Toss together with baby lettuces. On a flat baking sheet broil the flank steak (or cook on the grill) for about 5 minutes, or until desired doneness, making sure to slit halfway through. Let stand to cool a few minutes. In the meanwhile, toss together a little of the sauce with the cabbage until dressed with desired amount. Slice the beef thin and serve warm on top of cold salad. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with lime wedges.

Spicy Mango Salad

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 firm-greenish ripe mangoes, sliced in thin long wedges
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
1 small red onion, sliced thin
½ cup fresh mint leaves, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, sliced
1 small thai chili, sliced thin
Salt
Zest of one lime
Juice of two limes
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl toss together the mangoes, scallions, onion, herbs and chili until mixed well. Season with about 2 teaspoons salt. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lime zest and juice, vinegar, chili sauce and brown sugar. Drizzle over the mango salad and toss until mixed. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving.

Herbal Spring Rolls

May 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

12 rice paper wrappers
1 head boston lettuce leaves, white parts removed
2 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup scallions, chopped fine
½ cup semi ripe mango, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
½ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
¼ cup fresh thai basil leaves
Peanuts (optional)
Sweet chili sauce (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large bowl of warm water, dip the rice paper wrappers for about 7-10 seconds. Take out and shake off excess water and lay flat on a kitchen towel. Place one wrapper down and arrange lettuce leaves on top, place a few of the carrots, bell peppers, scallions and mangoes atop and then add a few fresh herbs. Wrap the roll up like a present but rolling. Serve garnished with peanuts and sweet chili sauce.

Sweet Chili Sauce

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ rice wine vinegar
¼ cup roasted red pepper puree
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon red chili paste
1 tablespoon lime juice
4 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Salt

Directions

In a mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth. Season with salt to taste.

Asparagus Spear & Wild Mushroom Pilaf

May 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped small
1 medium shallot, chopped small
1 cup mixed fresh wild mushrooms (morels, chanterelles, etc)
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup white wine
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, add butter and olive oil. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes or until slightly translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, nutmeg, and asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Add the wine and vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half then stir in the cooked brown rice. Fluff mixture with a fork and sprinkle herbs into pilaf. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Brown Sugar Ginger Rum Kumquat Mojito

May 13th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes 5 cocktails

Ingredients

1 cup kumquats, sliced medium
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup fresh mint leaves
Ice
1 ¾ cups ginger infused dark rum (recipe follows)
Seltzer water

Directions

In a small bowl mix together kumquats and brown sugar until the sugar is all over the kumquats. Set the kumquats aside for at least 2 hours. In 5 large beer glasses or tall Collins glasses, divide up the kumquats and place at the bottom of the glasses. Next tear up all the mint leaves and divide them up amongst the glasses as well. Muddle the mint and the sugared kumquats in each glass until the kumquats begin to break apart. We want most of the kumquats to remain intact and just slightly muddled. Fill the glasses with ice and place about 3 ounces of ginger infused dark rum in them. Fill the glasses with seltzer water and mix well, keeping the kumquats towards the bottom and allow the mint to float to the top.

Fresh Ginger Infused Dark Rum

Makes 1 quart

Ingredients

1 cup fresh ginger, sliced thin (does not need to be peeled)
1 quart dark rum

Directions

In jar place the fresh ginger slices. Add the dark rum and let infuse for about 4 days. Remove the ginger and store in a dark place for up to 3 months.

Sweet Minty Raspberry Puree

May 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cup

Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)

Directions

Place all the puree ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Raspberry Tingle

May 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Makes one drink

This zippy little drink is sure to refresh and enliven the pallet. The freshness of the mint, parsley and fresh lime, combined with the tangy fresh raspberries, makes your mouth tingle with completeness!

Ingredients

Crushed ice
2 ounces cucumber infused gin
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)
1 ounce sweet minty raspberry puree (recipe follows)

Directions

In a shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini style cocktail or dainty low ball glass. No garnish!

Sweet Minty Raspberry Puree

Makes one cup

Ingredients

1 cup fresh raspberries
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Juice of one lime
¼ cup herbal simple syrup (mint & parsley combo)

Directions

Place all the puree ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Mint Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Pea & Lemon Risotto with Mint Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Mint Butter (Recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium sized saucepot, heat chicken broth until warm and keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot, heat olive oil to a medium heat and add shallot. Cook shallot until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the rice, white wine, the lemon juice and the lemon zest and stir well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add the fresh peas and cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, and finish with the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and place about a tablespoon of the mint butter on each serving.

Mint Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For the filling

1 pound pork butt cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh corn, chopped fine
½ cup long grain rice, cooked al dente
3 potatoes, 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
Salt
Pepper
Banana leaf squares

Directions

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest, and 2 cups of the reserved pork liquid. Mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until fully incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the filling & assembly

In a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the rice is well combined. In the center of each banana, place about 4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of the banana leaf. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat and vegetable mixture. Fold over the banana leaf like you are folding a present. Tie the wrapped package with banana leaf ties or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips from making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine

Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

Ger-Nis’ Herbal Mint Julep

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

Lemon mint brown sugar (recipe follows)
4-5 fresh mint leaves
Crushed or shaved ice
½ ounce lemon mint herbal syrup (recipe follows)
2 ½ ounces bourbon (Makers Mark is our preferred choice)
Crushed or shaved ice

Directions

Wet the rim of a old fashioned or low wide mouth glass with a lemon wedge, dip in the lemon mint sugar to create a sugared rim. Place the mint and a pinch of the sugar in the glass and muddle with a muddler, releasing all the oils of the fresh mint. Filled the glass with shaved ice and pour in the bourbon and the lemon mint herbal syrup and stir! Enjoy while watching the races or on any spring day!

Lemon-Mint Brown Sugar

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon mint, chopped superfine
¾ cup light brown sugar, fine

Directions

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week!

Lemon-Mint Herbal Syrup

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

½ lemon sliced
½ cup fresh mint, chopped
½ cup light brown sugar
½ cup water

Directions

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, turn down the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes. Strain, and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Israeli Herbal Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

1 black tea bag
¼ cup fresh sage leaves
¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ lemon sliced
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place the tea bag, fresh mint, sage and lemon thyme and sliced lemons. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Orange, Ginger, Mint Honey Tea

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 French press (about 6 cups)

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon dried orange peel (optional)
2 slices fresh orange slices
1 slice fresh or dried ginger
3 tablespoons honey
Hot, just boiling water

Directions

In the French press or another tea pot, place fresh mint leaves, ginger and orange peel and sliced oranges. Pour just boiled water over all the ingredients and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle in honey and stir and let sit for a few more minutes before serving. Can be served over ice!

Artichoke Risotto with Peas and Pancetta

May 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 quart chicken stock
3 ounces pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice
1 teaspoon olive oil
â…“ cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ tablespoons white wine
1 cup peas (thawed if frozen)
1 recipe baby artichokes in lemon vinaigrette, drained and thinly sliced
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped mint

DIRECTIONS

Bring the stock to a gentle simmer in a sauce pan.

In another sauce pan, combine pancetta and olive oil and sauté over medium until crisp. With a slotted spoon transfer the pancetta to a paper towel line plate. Add the onion and sauté 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute longer.

Add the rice and cook stirring for 3 minutes until opaque. Add the wine and cook until the rice has absorbed it, 1-2 minutes.

Add ½ cup stock to the rice and stir until it is absorbed, continue adding stock a ½ cup at a time, stirring constantly, until ¾ quarters of it has been absorbed by the rice.

Add the peas and pancetta, and artichokes. Continue cooking until all of the stock has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Stir in the butter and parmesan cheese, season with fresh ground black pepper. Stir in the parsley and mint and serve at once.

Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Mint Ice Cream with Fresh Orange-Beet Swirls

April 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 5 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 cups 2% milk
2 cups half and half
1 cup sugar
2 cups fresh mint, chopped
10 egg yolks
1 medium red beet, cooked and peeled and cubed
½ cup orange juice
½ cup sugar

DIRECTIONS

In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the milk, half and half, sugar and mint to a boil and reduce heat immediately, and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring gently, allowing mint to steep into liquid. Discard mint. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk egg yolk well. Ladle a big spoon full of the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture, whisking well, to avoid the eggs from cooking. Add the remainder of the egg mixture into the milk on the stove and the heat gently whisking constantly until a thick custard forms or until the mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon well; about 5-6 minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight to get very cold. Place in the freezer 10 minutes before making the ice cream. Process the ice cream in an ice cream maker, following instructions of the machine.

Thaw the ice cream so it is just starting to get soft. Place the beet, sugar and the orange juice in a medium saucepan and heat until the sugar is melted. Blend in a blender until a smooth sauce. Drizzle the mixture into the soft ice cream using a spoon and swirling it, being careful not to mix the ice cream too much. Freeze.

Fava Bean Salad with Lemon, Mint and Pecorino Shavings

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the salad

3 pounds fava beans
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
3 cups arugula
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

For the pecorino lemon zest

¼ cup fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon zest
¼ cup pecorino, freshly grated
1 tablespoon black pepper, cracked

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.

To prep and cook fava beans, pull on the stem of the pod and pull to open. If a pod doesn’t open easily, use a paring knife and slit the bean pod open, exposing the spongy insides and the beans. Remove the beans and discard the pods. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch the beans for 2 minutes. Remove the beans with a slotted spoon immediately plunge into prepared bowl of ice water. With your fingers, and helped with the tip of a paring knife is necessary, slip the outer skin off each bean, revealing the inner bright green fava. Discard the outer skin.

In a medium size bowl, combine fava beans, red onion, arugula and mint. In a separate small bowl combine lemon juice and zest and olive oil. Drizzle over salad, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Serve with pecorino lemon zest.

For the pecorino lemon zest

In a small mixing bowl combine the ingredients and mix well, adding more cracked black pepper and lemon zest according to preference.

Spring Pea Risotto with Prosciutto and Basil & Mint Butter

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the pea risotto

5 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
5 slices of prosciutto cut in small pieces
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup parmesan cheese
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

For the basil & mint butter

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped superfine
Juice and zest of 2 lemons
1 cup basil leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt

DIRECTIONS

For the pea risotto

In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook shallot until translucent, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add prosciutto and cook until crispy. Add rice and cook and stir for 1 minute. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 20. Add peas and cook 5 minutes more. Remove from heat, and finish with cheese, and basil & mint butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

For the basil & mint butter

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and use to finish risotto.

Fava Bean Puree Costini with Mint and Pea Shoots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds fava beans
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt
Pea shoots, for garnish (optional)
Baguette, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.

To prep and cook fava beans, pull on the stem of the pod and pull to open. If a pod doesn’t open easily, use a paring knife and slit the bean pod open, exposing the spongy insides and the beans. Remove the beans and discard the pods. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch the beans for 2 minutes. Remove the beans with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into prepared bowl of ice water. With your fingers, and helped with the tip of a paring knife is necessary, slip the outer skin off of each bean, revealing the inner bright green fava. Discard the outer skin.

In a blender, place fava beans, garlic, mint and olive oil and puree. While blender is running, stream in water until consistency is of hummus, or a spreadable puree. Add lemon juice and salt. Serve aside toasted bread garnished with pea shoots or as a dip.

Snap Pea & Mint Salad

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound raw snap peas, trimmed and julienned
¼ white onion, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup parmesan cheese (optional)
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Pea & Mint Tortellini in Herbed Brodo

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
1 cup fresh peas, steamed soft and mashed
2 teaspoons lemon zest ¼ cup grated pecorino
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh pasta sheets

For the herbed brodo

1 (¼ pound) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
6 cups chicken stock
4 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 sprigs fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt

DIRECTIONS

For the spring pea and mint tortellini

Mix and mash all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl until all ingredients are well incorporated and smooth. Using fresh pasta sheets cut into about 2 square inches, add 1 dollop of filling. Cover with another 2-inch pasta square. Using wet fingers, seal all sides of ravioli by pinching down, making sure the raviolis are sealed well.

For the herbed brodo

Combine rind, stock, garlic, parsley and mint (tied together with twine), and oil in a 3-quart pot, then simmer gently, partially covered, 30 minutes. Discard parsley and rind and season broth with salt.

Add tortellini and simmer, partially covered, until al dente, about 10 minutes. Divide among 6 soup plates, and then shave cheese over soup to taste.

Detox Shots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one shot

Beet Basil Shot

½ cup fresh beets, 1 cup fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup orange juice

Grapefruit Parsley & Lemon-Thyme

¼ cup grapefruit juice, ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, ½ cup fresh lemon-thyme leaves

Lemon Ginger Mint

¼ cup lemon juice, ½ inch chunk fresh ginger, ½ cup mint

Cucumber Parsley Mint

½ cucumber, ½ cup fresh parsley, ½ cup fresh mint

Tomato Oregano Parsley

½ tomato, ¼ cup fresh oregano, 1 cup fresh parsley

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