[Mint Chip Ice Cream--smooth, creamy, minty--and no ice cream maker required!]
How did it get to be August 4th already?? To coin a cliché, the summer has flown by. It’s three quarters over and I’ve only had about three days off. What the–??
Some days, I feel like I’m living in that old Calgon commerical. Well, with shorter hair. And better music. And hey, who has time for a bath, anyway? Still, my life does feel that out of focus at times.
Yep, things around here have been verging on “too much chaos” for quite some time now. Did you know that North Americans enjoy fewer statutory holidays and routinely work longer hours than people in any other Western countries? Never mind my gray hairs. Never mind my IBS (almost always associated with stress). Never mind those computer and twitter malfunctions (oooh, I sorely miss my tweetdeck! Hoping to fix it soon!). No, the sign that you are truly and verily overworked is when even meditating stresses you out.
And so, what to do to help soothe the savage breast (and the rest of me, too)–or, as Andrew Denton calls it, “the common cold of the psyche”? Well, music is fine, but for me–and for this month’s SOS Kitchen Challenge–the choice is
Yes, the SOS Kitchen Challenge is back! Kim and I challenge you all to create either sweet or savory dishes (or both, if you’re really adventurous–though of course, that’s not required) to submit to the event! Full rules are posted here. And please note a few changes to the event’s structure, also mentioned below.
Of course, mint is great for those times when you need a respite from the crazy-making work, boss, kids, traffic, neighbors, dogs, baby, etc. And aside from its incredible health-promoting qualities (it’s a great tonic for indigestion, nausea, headache or even congestion; it has antioxidant and antimicrobial qualities; and it’s actually an excellent source of vitamins A and C), mint just plain tastes great. And, as I discovered a couple of years ago, it’s an almost indestructible perennial plant (as evidenced by the photo in this post).
You see, when the HH and I moved into this house almost three years ago, the previous tenants has left us a teeny, tiny patch of mint alongside the house. Within a couple of months, the green sea of swaying leaves threatened to take over the entire space between our house and the neighbor’s. I learned quickly to use mint in many different ways.
Mint originated in Europe and the Mediterranean, and is now cultivated around the world. With over thirty varieties of mint (mostly peppermint and spearmint), each with its own distinct properties and heady aroma courtesy of the menthol they contain, mint is a useful and versatile herb.
Mint is appropriate in both sweet or savory dishes, from classics like peppermint candies or chocolates to mint chutneys and curries. It makes a soothing, cooling beverage as well, as we witnessed when Daisy, Gatsby et al sipped on their refreshing mint juleps (or you could try my ACD-friendly Ginger Mint Iced Tea).
I’m going to opt for a sweet recipe first this month. This is also a sneak peek at a recipe from my upcoming ACD friendly dessert ebook, available in just two weeks!
If you’d like to participate in the challenge, all you need to do is create a new recipe and submit it through a link form below (no more emailing!). Please be sure to link up to this page and mention the SOS Challenge in your blog post. And feel free to use the SOS badge, too!
Then just add your name and a title for your recipe to the form below. Your link will automatically display a photo and will direct readers to your blog. We’ll leave the form open until the end of the month, just in time for the next SOS Challenge!
Please remember to follow the rules – vegan, no refined sugars, and natural, whole foods ingredients only – or at the very least, make sure you offer reliable substitutions for those things in your recipe if you use something else. Entries that don’t meet these requirements will be removed from the linky list.
We look forward to seeing what you create this month, and check back often to see all the great submissions to this month’s SOS challenge!
Note: We appreciate your submissions and would like to include them all, but sometimes have to remove an entry from the list. The most common reasons are:
- No link to this post. Even if you mention the SOS Challenge in your post, without a live link to this post, the entry doesn’t qualify.
- You link to an old recipe. We only accept recipes that are created for the challenge.
- You include ingredients that aren’t part of the challenge. Most often, the inclusion of cane sugar (UNrefined evaporated cane juice is okay, but not regular sugars), eggs, cow’s milk, or other animal products will disqualify an entry.
If none of these applies to you and your entry was removed, please contact me in case a mistake has been made! Thanks, eveyone.
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