Arabian Spiced Mint Tea


2 cardamom pods

2 cloves

1 star anise

one small piece cinnamon bark / stick

one black tea bag of your choice

2 teaspoons dried mint or 4 teaspoons fresh chopped mint.

Place the mint in the teapot. In a saucepan on the stove place all other ingredients. Cover with 4- 5 cups cold water. Bring to the boil with a lid on. Do not boil. Using a strainer pour spiced tea over the mint in the tea pot. Place tea pot lid on immediately.  Infuse for only 3 – 4 minutes and serve hot when feeling cold. In summer serve on ice with a slice of lemon. Sweeten to taste with honey if necessary.

Replace saucepan on the stove once more and cover with another 3-4 cups of water bring to the boil. Repeat as before.

The many  ways I  use mint is simply adding chopped mint to salads, fruit salads, steamed vegetables and rice. Add to Ice-cream and chocolate desserts. Sprigs of mint make the perfect garnish.  Just try it and taste the lift it gives an ordinary dish. Magnificent!