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Mint Condition 
Jun. 8, 2009 2:12 pm 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2009 8:46 am
I’ve told you about the mint that ate my garden? Well this weekend I turned the tables on the green menace and ate up some mint. My little skirmish didn’t win the war, but the score was foodelicious 1, monster mint 0.

I got lots of great suggestions from visitors to my blog, but I ended up making a batch of chutney that  used up a whole two and a half cups of mint. Can you imagine what that much mint would have cost in the store? It’s about $2 for a little half ounce plastic packet, so you do the math. (Yeah, yeah…it would have cost me a mint.)

So what goes with mint chutney? What doesn’t? One night it was a bright, refreshing relish with chicken kabobs marinated in yogurt and curry, and another night it zinged up some simple grilled shrimp. And for lunch one day we spooned a little on our leftover pot roast sandwiches.

It was just so right!

So yeah, that mint can sit there in the corner of the garden looking invincible. But I just saw a recipe for Sugar Snap Peas with Mint. And my snap peas are ripe for the picking.

After tonight it will be foodelicious 2, mint 0. (Watch…when I get home the mint be in the kitchen sharpening the knives and grinning at me.)

Thanks for the visit, and happy minty cooking!
The mint that ate my garden.
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Chutney with Mint
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Curried chicken kabobs, mint chutney, and mango sauce.
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Jun. 8, 2009 2:53 pm
Haha, great way to turn the tables! Hope you get another score against the mint tonight - I will be hoping that it hasn't left your garden when you get home!
Jun. 8, 2009 3:10 pm
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, Welcome to the Mint Smackdown!
Jun. 8, 2009 7:50 pm
you totally just made me want an altoid. i have some chocolate mint, i should start looking for stuff to make with that, yum!
Jun. 8, 2009 9:15 pm
Foodie, you have a wicked sense of humor! I like It! I'm on a spearmint kick right now myself. I've been buying spearmint tea bags to have ice tea. I went to the nursery the other day, and I found every other mint known to the human world but the one I was looking for of Course! I'll keep lookin'.Well, keep up the good fight and I know We'll be reaping the rewards of a fight no mint can withstand for long! Thank You for the chuckles! Patty
Jun. 10, 2009 12:45 pm
I'm so jealous!.. My mint is bug eaten and not so bright and beautiful green as yours... I don't know what happened since everything else is doing great in my yard. My Mom gave me a little piece and said watch out this will really take off!.. I'm actually happy for your mint, but I probably need to re-locate mine to a different part of the yard! :)
Jun. 10, 2009 2:41 pm
Hi Everyone. Thanks for visiting, and here's the latest on the Mint Smackdown (Avon gets the naming rights on this one). A friend and I made a big pitcher of green tea and stuck in a bunch of slightly crushed mint leaves, and put the whole thing in the fridge for a few hours. Then we sliced up an orange, put that into the mix, and served it over ice. The orange made the tea sweet without having to add sugar, and that hit of citrus made the whole thing come alive. And there's plenty of mint left!
Jun. 10, 2009 2:48 pm
Hey Traci - the mint lives in a partly shaded corner of a raised bed, in the angle where two concrete retaining walls meet. It might be the heat radiating from the walls that's making this mint so, shall we say, "robust." The bugs don't seem to eat it; neither does my cat, although he stands there with his nose in the mint bush. I'm guessing he likes the minty fresh aroma? Strange, strange cat.
Jun. 10, 2009 3:52 pm
My mint WAS sooooo beautiful. UNTIL it got so big that i gave my cousin half of it. Then the temp around here started hitting the 90's. Now it looks like it just wants to be put out of it's misery. I'm gonna pet it for a few more weeks or at least until he/she puts out for my Mojitos!
Jun. 11, 2009 11:32 am
Mojitos!!! I planted lots of different flavers of mint, last year. It came back after a cold winter. It's beautiful and there's way too much of it. However, the mojitos have made many friends happy.
Jun. 11, 2009 2:07 pm
I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only one with a mint monster!!! Thank you for the wonderful ideas for using it up. A just recently made the mint ice cubes from this site and LOVE it. Over the weekend we made mojitos and put the ice cubes in. It was perfect. I see you winning this battle!!! :)
Jun. 11, 2009 3:07 pm
The chicken kabobs look wonderful! I agree with Khama...mojitos!
Jun. 11, 2009 4:25 pm
Oh my gosh, mojitos would be the FIRST thing I would have made, lol! (Can you tell I live in Florida?)
Jun. 11, 2009 5:35 pm
We have mint monsters here in CT (three kinds- chocolate mint, curly mint and regular straight leaf mint) Did you know that if you make mint chocolate chip icecream you can use up THREE CUPS of mint? That's packed not loose! We had fun making it and it tasted great too.
Jun. 11, 2009 8:22 pm
I say it's Mojito time, baby! Heehee!
Jun. 12, 2009 3:06 am
Cute blog! I love the chutney idea. And I'm with the others about it being time for mojitos. Now that just makes sense. :)
Jun. 12, 2009 8:05 am
Your cat probably enjoys the smell because mint is a close relative of catnip. :) And your pictures are wonderful!
Jun. 12, 2009 8:18 am
i am so jealous. if i had mint, i would stick it in some vodka and wait for mint extract to get going!! think of adding the extract to simple syrups or mint hot chocolate or ice cream! or brownies!
Jun. 12, 2009 11:03 am
Whoa! Mint vodka? Now that sounds interesting. Thanks for the idea, squeakycat. I'm planning on some mojitos for this weekend. (Booschmoo, Jackie, annsmom, Barbara, K-Dub, khama, helzbelz: I'll lift a glass for you!) Heck, I'll lift a glass for all of you. And I'm intrigued with the idea of mint ice cubes. I'm thinking they would be beautiful in just about anything. Cookaburra - I know about the mint/catnip relationship...I just wonder why my cat isn't actually eating the mint.
Jun. 14, 2009 8:46 am
Tzatziki is a yummy way to use up some of that mint!
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