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Old 05-20-2012, 05:30 AM   #1
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Chocolate mint

a couple of years ago,when i was on holiday with bolas & madge in miami we visited a herb & spice botanical garden that claimed(if i remember correctly) to have at least one variety of every known herb etc growing in it's grounds.i believe them,it was amazing!
one of the herbs we tasted was a choc chip mint.species not a hybrid,& it did taste just like an after dinner chocolate mint.
never seen it before or since until last week when i found it on the growing herbs section at tesco.bought a couple of pots.one for bolas's herb garden & one for my windowsill.
made a mojito on my return home to celebrate my find..the chocolate flavour was killer with the mint & lime!
never made anything else with this flavour mint(probably 'cos i'd "never seen it before or since"!),have any of you guy's?if so what?
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Harry,

Mint herb comes in several varieties, one of them being CHOCOLATE MINT HERB and it is very common in Morocco. It is a native to the Mediterranean to my knowledge and possibly, Mexico as well, in which they employ it in MOLES, a spicy sauce which dates back to 1520 Mexican Convents where the Nuns utilised it in chicken stews with cacao, corn varieties, chili peppers, capisium varieties, potatoes, herbs and spices ... to serve the Spanish governing officials coming from Spain.

Interesting and pleased to hear that you all enjoyed Miami Beach.
I had lived there for 3 1/2 years 1986- 1990. The beaches were lovely. The hurricanes were not !

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:33 AM   #3
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Mint herb comes in several varieties, one of them being CHOCOLATE MINT HERB and it is very common in Morocco. It is a native to the Mediterranean to my knowledge and possibly, Mexico as well, in which they employ it in MOLES, a spicy sauce which dates back to 1520 Mexican Convents where the Nuns utilised it in chicken stews with cacao, corn varieties, chili peppers, capisium varieties, potatoes, herbs and spices ... to serve the Spanish governing officials coming from Spain.

Interesting and pleased to hear that you all enjoyed Miami Beach.
I had lived there for 3 1/2 years 1986- 1990. The beaches were lovely. The hurricanes were not !

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thanks margi.loved miami.we were actually staying with friends who lived on the fringes of the everglades.never mind the hurricanes,watch out for the alligators.....this one got me in the nearby miccosukee indian reserve......
next time i'll leave the 'gator wrestling to them,but bolas did say"go on harry give it a go.....what've you got to lose"......a leg maybe?
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@ Harry,

You two chaps, are a camp & a hoot !!!

Actually, have you ever eaten alligator or crocodile ?

Oh, yes, the Everglades area ... I had been many many years ago ...

Looks like you had a blast.

Kind regards and thanks for sharing.
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@ Harry,

You two chaps, are a camp & a hoot !!!

Actually, have you ever eaten alligator or crocodile ?

Oh, yes, the Everglades area ... I had been many many years ago ...

Looks like you had a blast.

Kind regards and thanks for sharing.
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lost "an arm & a leg too" but that was in the reserve casino!tried alligator twice,once when i bit the sob back & once in a restaurant....didn't enjoy either,not my cup of tea
right,i'm going to polish me wooden leg & go out for the day..........
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I have to be honest, I do NOT care much for reptiles ( I had frog legs once and alligator once) and I agree with you, this animal family it not my cup of tea;

Nor would I ever eat a rodent family member ... Just a turn off for me ... I feel same about Kangeroo.

Insects are amongst another family of Fauna, I prefer to Abstain from !

I am quintessentially very open minded, however, there are just fauna groups that I prefer as choice, to refrain from.

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Harry, I am wildly excited about the chocolate mint find in Tesco, I must get some. I have no idea what I will do with it, I just want it. Mojito sounds a good place to start though.

Love Margi's description of you and Boney being a "camp and a hoot".

Definitely camp anyway.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:51 AM   #8
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Good Afternoon Gravy Queen,

I have used chocolate mint herb in the following:

1. A chocolate Mint Herbal Infusion
2. Hot Chocolate
3. Chocolate Mousse
4. Mojitos
5. Essential Oil for Candles ( lovely fragrant aromas )
6. chocolate cupcakes or cookies ( your Macarons ! with choc mint icing )

It hails from the Mediterranean, and I recall Morocco as an important producer.

Perhaps, a dish requiring a sweet & sour aspect, for example a Chicken Tagine !


Hope this has driven your passions to the kitchen ! ha ha
Thanks for compliment.
Margi.

Question, do you know Bolas and Harry ?
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Harry: Moroccan Chicken Kebabs

I have a recipe which employs chocolate mint herb from Morocco. It is in a marinade, for the chicken pieces which are chopped in kebab chunks in spices and the herb & liquid of choice, white wine or olive oil vinagirette ...

Sounds very enticing ... and flavorful.

www.norfolklavendarco.uk ( they have this herb )

www.foodnetwork.com ( this USA website has some recipes with this herb )

If I have a chance later on today, I shall post it for you or Monday. It is basically a marinade for the chicken pieces and skewer them. It contains numerous spices as well. Grill or oven bake ...

Kindest.
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A friend of mine, who now lives in Germany, makes a sweet-ish homemade wine infused with chocolate mint herb. The recipe she uses is similar to this one. It tastes almost exactly like a York Peppermint Patty.
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