August 30, 2009
Home Made Mint Tea - a slice of Morocco?
I was not feeling too well the other day because of the haze and the heat. A friend called me to have tea with her as a way of helping me change my mood. Bless her heart she has different kinds of tea in her cupboard and I could choose whatever I liked.
I settled for Earl Grey as I did not fancy other other brands. Some were from South Africa and others from Australia. And then we had a nice carrot cake and a great pie. What are good friends for? We drank our tea and had our cake right into the evening.
Soon our talk went to Morocco where another friend is now living and working as a volunteer. The heat over there is 100 degrees! And in her email she wrote that she was having only mint tea every day to soothe her nerves.
Actually my friend and I have been growing lots of mint in our recycled little polysterene boxes from our vegetable seller in Tamu Muhibbah. We decided to make some to try.
When we drained our last drop of our imported tea we decided to crush some levea and then added them to a pot of very hot water. We allowed it to brew for a while.
When the water turned into a yellowish colour it was ready to be served.
We waited for the tea to cool a little before adding some honey.
It wasn't bad at all.
According to my friend a leaf or two may even help ease some nausea or even stomach upset. So it isn't a bad idea to grow mint at all.
Mint tea is definitely a tea for the hazy season.