Thursday, June 22, 2006

competition: prize for the winner

a HUGE thank you to all of you who participated in my mint, mint, mint competition! it was thoroughly exciting to review the entries over the past few days. i was fascinated by the sheer variety of ideas from pudina chawal to watermelon, feta and mint salad.

congratulations to trupti for the winning suggestion of mint syrup. it got me thinking about mojitos, mint sorbet, mint lemonade, mint ice tea, sparkling mint water to name just a few. trupti's idea really stood out not only because it called for using a lot of the mint i have on hand but also because it ignited my own creativity of everything i could do with the ingredient.

as promised, i will be mailing trupti a fun cookbook. i've picked gordon ramsay's sunday lunch. gordon is britain's top chef and this book is full of fabulous ideas for sunday lunches with family and friends. here's a picture i took of gordon ramsay at the taste of london food show that i will be blogging about next:

thanks, trupti! please send your mailing address to and i'll send across your prize. i'm keeping my fingers crossed that you don't live in england and that you're not already a die-hard ramsay fan!

trupti's recipe for mint syrup:

8 c Mint leaves, fresh; chopped
2 1/2 c -Boiling water
8 c Sugar
3 c -Water
green food colouring
3 tb Mint essential oil
-or mint extract


1. place chopped mint leaves in a crock or deep bowl; add boiling water. place a flat dish over the leaves and weight it down. allow to stand overnight. bring sugar and 3 cups water to a boil and cook 10 to 15 minutes. meanwhile, squeeze the juice from the mint leaves; add mint juice to the syrup, bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes and remove from heat. discard leaves. add green food color to make the syrup a bright green. add the mint oil and stir. pour into sterile bottles. refrigerate. syrup is ready to use.

2. dilute with cold water or sparkling water.

thanks again everyone for participating. hope you enjoyed the competition as much as i did!


Blogger Faffer said...

Congrats Trupti! And Lulu, thanks for the fun events on your blog. Look forward to reading your posts on the London Food Show.

12:35 pm  
Blogger BDSN said...

Conrats Trupti!! It is indeed a fun recipe!!what about the participants???No prizes for them??How sad??Anyway will keep checking for future posts!!

2:53 pm  
Anonymous Trupti said...

Thank you Lulu! Glad you could use the recipe! My email is on the way...thanks again. It was indeed fun to participate!

Cheers, Trupti
St.John's, NL, Canada

11:50 pm  
Blogger gs said...

i agree with bdsn.what about us? we have been left in the cold. hope the mint syrup cheers us up.

1:29 am  
Anonymous payal said...

Congrats Trupti!! Hey Lulu, Does Gordon have a show over there? He has one here called "Hell's Kitchen" and aspiring chefs compete to get a job at one of the Vegas restaurants. Have you seen it? I swear, I think Gordon is going to have a heart attack during every show b/c all he ever seems to do is yell at everyone.

5:37 am  
Blogger rupa saumil said...

trupti, I'm trying this out over the weekend!! Thanks and congrats :)

6:11 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi gs and bdsn,
i'm sad too..i wish i could give away fun prizes to all of you...thanks for participating and stay tuned for futrue events :)

9:46 am  
Blogger Mimi said...

Cheers to the winner xx

1:15 pm  

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