The mint plant on my balcony was growing out of control, so this week's mission was to use it up! I also managed to use up some of my other surpluses: apples picked at Jones Creek Farm, strawberries picked at Remlinger Farm, egg yolks hanging out in the fridge, and tarragon out on the balcony.
Spiced Pork with Apples
I thought this was pretty good. I keep forgetting that I really detest pan cooking meat. It makes a splattery mess, I'm always worried that the meat won't cook through before the outside burns, you have to monitor and flip, and I usually need to have two pans going to cook enough meat at once (more dishes to wash!). Next time, I would use the rub for a pork tenderloin cooked in the oven - much easier. I used pork loin instead of pork tenderloin since that was on sale, so I think my pork medallions were not as juicy as they could have been, but still good. The spices really did work well with the meat. The apples were a good way to use up excess apples, but nothing special.
Carrot Fries with Mint
I've made these before, I like them a lot. Simple and delicious.
Juicing enough limes to get 1.5 cups of lime juice without a juicer is time consuming and difficult! This drink was good though. Instead of muddling mint in the glass, I infused the simple syrup with mint instead. Next time, I would use club soda in this since I prefer fizzy drinks.
I love mint chocolate chip ice cream -- this is nothing like that. Fresh mint ice cream has a much different flavor than ice cream made with peppermint extract. This flavor is more palate cleansing and "adult", although I think I prefer the fake green ice cream of my childhood :) Next time I would try adding chocolate chips to this, a suggestion from D!
Strawberry Tarragon Sorbet
I had a lot of frozen strawberries to use up, so I made this even though it didn't really go with my other ice cream. Good texture, still not sure if I like tarragon in desserts, though. Very refreshing and used up a lot of strawberries :)