- Date: Saturday, April 26, 2008 -- 4pm
- Location: Bloomington, IN
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Recipe Rating: B-
I am leaving for the summer in less than a week and I have a ton to do so this week I am trying to make some quick and easy recipes that don't generate too much food! The Sauces and Salsas section is generally a good place to look for such recipes, so you'll be seeing a few sauces from me this week. First up: English mint sauce. In all my travels I have never been to England, and I've never eaten anywhere in the US claiming to serve authentic English food. So I can't say with any certainty how close this recipe is to a traditional English mint sauce. I can say that I didn't understand this sauce at all. One of my major problems with the sauce was textural. For one thing, it had no body to it. It had approximately the viscosity of water, which is atypical for a sauce. Then, floating in this watery substance were chopped up pieces of mint. The flavor didn't do much to redeem it. The background liquid here was water mixed with cider vinegar and a bit of sugar. What did the sauce taste like? Mint floating in cider vinegar. It wasn't bad exactly. I love both mint and cider vinegar, and they didn't do particularly bad things to each other once stirred together. But there was also just not much to it. There was zero depth of flavor, or mouth feel, or body. It didn't have any of the qualities that make a sauce really special. On top of it all, it was tremendously unappealing visually. Would I make this again? Certainly not. Would I be interested in trying a traditional mint sauce as served in England? Yes, indeed.
This recipe isn't online.
On Thursday afternoon I gave my last business calculus lecture of the semester, and yesterday afternoon I taught a review session for the final. Now I am done! (sure, sure, I have to administer and grade the final exam at 8am on Monday morning, but that should be painless enough since the exam is multiple choice) Last night, after my review session I went over to Paul and Beth's place for dinner and a movie. On the way there I rolled the windows down in my car and blasted George Michael's "Freedom." I was pretty happy to be done with business calculus!
Actually, as much as I complained about teaching fake calculus, I did learn quite a bit about teaching this semester. It was easily the most challenging class I have ever taught in that the students were less interested in being there than any students I have had before. In retrospect there are a lot of things that I would have done differently. I wasn't completely happy with the job I did teaching this term. Fortunately (?) I will get a chance to redeem myself in the fall, when I have a section of business calculus again! I also have a section of regular calculus that semester to balance things out a bit...
In the meantime: summer!