We’re having roast lamb for dinner tonight.
Wednesday nights are usually lasagne nights in this house as it works well with our late finishing after-school activity. I have time to make it during the day, then pop it in the oven at 5pm before I leave to collect my son and it’s ready to serve at 6pm shortly after we get home.
But it’s school holidays at the moment – yay! So I have a break from making lasagne and decided to do a roast.
I had noticed my mint was growing reasonably well, so thought I would add fresh mint sauce to our meal. I knew 2 out of the three of us would enjoy it 😉
Mint sauce is not something I make regularly, but I knew if I rang mum for the recipe she would say “Oh, Fiona! You know it’s just mint, boiling water, sugar and vinegar!” Of course it is. We often helped make it when we were younger. But I didn’t really know how much of each ingredient to make it work. So I looked up a recipe for you (and me) to follow. Even though I am not very exact with ingredients when I am in the kitchen…in case you hadn’t noticed!
I find taste.com.au a good place to start looking for recipes, especially simple ones like this. I went with this basic one which uses the same ingredients as I’m used to:
3/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons caster sugar
60mls (1/4 cup) boiling water
125mls (1/2 cup) white wine vinegar
Put the mint leaves and sugar in a small bowl, and pour over the boiling water. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Add the vinegar and stir. Let stand so flavours can develop – at least 15 mins, but an hour is better.
Of course, I didn’t measure any of my ingredients, I was just after a rough guide.
And if you don’t have castor sugar available, you can substitute any sugar. Same with the vinegar. You will get a slightly different flavour, but it’s still mint sauce. Experiment!
I used apple cider vinegar, and plain white sugar.
The longer you leave it, the more the colour and flavour develops. But here it is just made
So there’s no need to panic if you don’t have a bottle of mint sauce on hand. If you’ve got mint growing in your garden, and a few basics in your pantry, you can still make your meal taste spectacular!
Do you have a trusted recipe for mint sauce?
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