Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Rosehip & mint lassi

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Rosehip and mint lassi 


A cool & refreshing blended yogurt drink recipe perfect for sunny days. The rosehip and mint add a sweetness and fresh flavour to the tangy yogurt - a delicious combination (and a great way of using the beautiful fresh mint that is in abundance in the garden). Ready in just a few minutes after a quick whizz in the blender. 

We are in the middle of a heat wave here in the Limousin and it's at times like these that we are even more grateful to live near the Lac de Vassiviere, which is great for a quick cool down when the temperatures rise. 

Ironically, as I write the rain has started to fall and I can here the vegetable patch (and Eric le chien) breath a sigh of relief as the water starts to cool them down. It's only a quick shower however and over as soon as it began. Time to get the blender out and make another lassi I think...

My rosehip and mint lassi is great served on its own, as a summer cooler, but goes really well alongside curries and spicy dishes too. 

recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin
preparation time: less than 10 minutes 


serves 2


ingredients:
400ml plain natural yogurt
3-4 tbsp rosehip syrup (or alternatively you can use rose syrup/cordial or rosewater to taste)
handful chopped fresh mint
handful ice cubes
dash of milk (to thin if necessary)


method:

add all ingredients to a blender and whizz until well mixed. Thin with a bit of extra milk if necessary. 




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Sunday, 10 July 2016

our week in photos

The Tour de France comes through Eymoutiers


Mark Cavendish wearing the green sprinters jersey 
the peloton coming through Eymoutiers 
Peter Sagan - wearing the yellow jersey
giant chickens! 

Sunny, summer days at De Tout Coeur Limousin


sunshine in the garden
summer days 
Eric le chien and Prawnie the cat enjoying a bit of sun in the garden
sweet williams in flower outside the barn

hay bales in the field next to us -  a favourite summer sight

 homegrown vegetables in the garden at De Tout Coeur Limousin 

the tomatoes enjoying the sunshine
lovely courgette flowers in the garden

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup

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Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup 


The sun is shining here in the Creuse and it is lovely to see the vegetable patch coming to life - with courgettes flowering and the chard seeming to grow an extra foot a day!  This is the first year of my little vegetable patch here at De Tout Coeur Limousin and it is exciting to go out every day and check what is ready to pick. The herbs are growing in abundance, a little lemon verbena shoot I planted just a few weeks ago has sprung into life and produced a large shrub. The mint, as always, is taking over the garden, not a thing I mind however as I love to add it to my cooking and recipes. From a delicious addition to salads to fresh mint teas. It seems to grow back almost as quickly as I pick it.

A refreshing cooler for summer days - my simple recipe for Earl Grey, lemon verbena and mint syrup is a real showcase for the fresh herbs in season at the moment. It can be added to still or sparkling water to make a refreshing iced tea, or add a dash or 2 to a summer cocktail or non-alcoholic drink. An equally good addition to a gin and tonic or a glass of lemonade for apero o' clock. 

Watch this space for more seasonal recipes using our homegrown produce. I have a feeling there may be one or two for courgettes coming up!


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courgette flowers in the garden at De Tout Coeur Limousin

Cheers, santé and here's to many more summer days yet to come...

Earl Grey, Lemon Verbena & Mint Syrup 


preparation/cooking time: less than 30 minutes 
recipe by Ema at De Tout Coeur Limousin

ingredients:
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
3/4 cup chopped fresh mint
3/4 cup chopped lemon verbena
3 Earl Grey tea bags or 6 tsps loose leaf tea
zest and juice of 1 lemon

method: 


add the Earl Grey tea bags/loose tea to 2 cups of just boiled water, stir and brew for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags/tea leaves and strain through a sieve into a saucepan.


add the sugar, chopped mint and lemon verbena and lemon zest and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice.


leave to cool completely before straining and storing in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Dilute to taste.



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