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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!