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Mint tea

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Middle eastern restaurants serve mint tea with a meal as a matter of course because it is an aid to digestion. Serve it in dainty little glasses – you’ll pick some up quite cheaply in IKEA. If you don’t own a teapot, make it in a saucepan instead.

Serves 4

Ingredients

800 ml boiling water
2 tablespoons Darjeeling or other strong tea leaves (or 3 teabags)
2 tablespoons sugar
A good of handful of fresh mint

Method
1. Place the boiling water and tea leaves in a teapot. Add the sugar and mint and stir. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe variations

Ginger Tea Recipe
Slice a 2 inch piece of ginger (there is no need to remove the peel). Place in the teapot instead of mint.

Cardamom Tea recipe
Crush 4-6 green cardamoms, remove their seeds and add them to the tea instead of the mint in the recipe above.

You can use both ginger and mint, ginger and cardamom or cardamom and mint in your tea. If you have a piece of orange zest without the pith, add it to the teapot too.

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