SOS Kitchen Challenge for August

[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 rulesvegan, 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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  1. Ooh that ice cream looks divine!! I’m liking this no ice cream maker business too, although I keep meaning to try making up some ice cream in my Vita Mix…
    Here’s hoping I will manage to get myself organized to enter this time around. 😉
    P.S. Hope you get a bit of a break before the end of the summer, being too busy over the summer is no fun at all.

    • K, thanks so much! The busy-ness is mostly because I teach full-time through the summer (my holiday is in winter). But I’m still enjoying time in the sun, don’t worry! 🙂

  2. Courtney says:

    Don’t get me started on American’s and their crazy work schedules and demands and lack of vacations and holidays…grrrr. I hear you on the IBS and stress–I am the same way, it is is no fun!

    I love mint tea–so refreshing and good. Hopefully you will get plenty of inspiration for ways to use your plethora of mint with this challenge, lol!


    • Courtney, I really hope you enter! And of course my choice this month was a little selfish. . . so that I could find more uses for all this mint! 😉

  3. Oh YAY!!! Mr. Wing-it and I only have a couple of weeks left of traveling, so I will go home just in time to participate in this month’s challenge! Whoo!! Bring on the minty goodness!

    I just took the Veggie Awards survey and voted for you as my favorite cookbook author, but I had to enter your name in the “other” boxy thingy. Why is your name not on the list? You are on Ellen’s reading list, you should be there too!

    • River, I’d be thrilled to have you join this challenge–I just know that you’d whip up something extraordinary with mint! And THANK YOU so much for entering my name in the Veggie Awards! I have to agree, Ellen is there, and Ellen reads Sweet Freedom, so why isn’t Sweet Freedom there? Sounds like perfect logic to me! 😉

  4. That ice cream looks so yummy! Whenever I see mint in a savoury recipe I always omit it because I’m so not used to eating it in non-sweet dishes. I should really give it more of a chance!

  5. I’m loving that ice cream! Looking forward to seeing the deliciousness that comes from this challenge.

  6. I have so much mint and so little imagination … I have any number of (fill in the blank)/mint tea at any given time. Love the ice cream recipe!

  7. You know, this made me realize I don’t use mint nearly enough! Almost never! I’ll need to get on that.
    Sending positive stress-relieving thoughts your way. I hope you get to feeling less stressed soon!

  8. Oh my, you ladies sure know how to pick the challenging ingredients! Hmm, maybe I will cheat and use my mint tea.

    Wonderful to talk your ear off today 🙂 Thanks for taking the time!

  9. You nailed it … that’s definitely my favorite thing made with mint, Ricki! Hmmmm … what can I come up with to participate?

    I absolutely hate the term IBS. One doctor has said that every case of IBS is really an undiagnosed case of celiac. I think that should be amended to read that every case of IBS is really an undiagnosed case of celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Those of us who went undiagnosed with gluten issues for so long–but quickly received the ubiquitous IBS label/diagnosis–often say the IBS really represents the doctor saying, I Be Stupid. Why would the symptoms continue after being gluten free? One could still be healing, one could have other secondary food intolerances, one could accidentally be getting gluten, etc. Sorry, didn’t mean to get on my soap box. I certainly do appreciate how not having the proper time off to decompress can stress a girl out. 🙁 Just being in marathon meetings all week has me more than ready for a break.

    Looking forward to that recipe, Ricki! Thanks,


    • Such an interesting theory, Shirley, and I love that IBS stands for “I Be Stupid”!! It took more than a year for me to get my initial diagnosis, so I know what you mean. Hope you get the break you need, too. 🙂

  10. I think that forms are great for blog events – you should check out the one that susan has for yeast spotting – it is great, actually has a tickbox for you to say you have linked to the post – and I am impressed at your technical know how!

    I also was disappointed not to see the recipe for that ice cream – that was my favourite flavour when I was little

    Will have to think about mint – my mint plants are in winter recess but I want to find something that needs a big bunch to do justice to your jungle!

  11. I have never been a huge fan of mint. But that’s okay, that just gives me an even bigger challenge this month! I’m thinking of doing something sweet this time.

  12. hehe…Calgon! That’s a blast from the past. Love it 🙂

  13. Oooh! What a great ingredient to pick!
    I have already cleared out the mint from my balcony pot and need to head to the store to buy more until it grows back. You will definitely have a few recipes from me. 🙂

  14. Hey Ricki!
    I just submitted my mint recipe. This was so fun! I’m in for next month for sure. I used the SOS image on my blog too. 🙂

  15. I love the new entering system. Fantastic. I can’t wait to see all the creative recipes.

  16. Hey Ricki, Do we have until Aug 31 to submit our recipes?

  17. I need to find more uses for mint too. My three tiny plants now cover approximatley 20 square feet. I have enough mint for the neighborhood. Good thing I like it.



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