My globally-warmed garden is doing amazing things at the moment. All a bit early it seems, but hey, it looks really pretty. As I was pottering around with the children in tow, we found some mint. Lots of mint. They wanted to know if they could eat it, or make perfume with it. Whilst they made the ‘perfume’, I made them some mint tea to try. I handed my husband his cup and we both drank at the same time. We stared at each other as the memories flooded back…"Tunisia! Righteous Ruler!"
During my final year at University, we went on holiday to Tunisia. We drank mint tea for a week. We stayed in a secluded beach resort. It was a beautiful place. We had a little bungalow and a smiling man bought breakfast to our terrace every morning. There were unspoilt white beaches. There were lazy mornings and candlelit dinners. There were lots and lots of men staring. I found that rather difficult, I had to face the wall for those candlelit dinners or the feminist in me got really irritable.
Our holiday came to an end and we commandeered a taxi to take us back to Tunis. Our driver drove like one possessed. Whatever possessed him had not passed its driving test. During a white-knuckle overtaking manoeuvre into oncoming traffic, he had to pull back in smartly. As he pulled back in he pranged the car on his inside that was seemingly performing an undertaking manoeuvre. It was all very confusing.
We all gulped. My husband-to-be and I exchanged looks. What, with the delay whilst they exchanged insurance details, there was a good chance we might miss our flight back to Europe. Scarcely had we verbalised this when the G-force pinned us to our seats. It was the G-force of a car accelerating away from the scene of an accident.
A glance through the back windscreen confirmed that we were involved in a car chase. The wild-eyed, gesticulating prangee was chasing the deadpan pranger, the latter refusing to meet our eyes. I suddenly felt like an extra in a bad action movie. I kept my head low in case our tail had a gun. I kept waiting for the bullet ricochet as we wove wildly across the highway. I wanted my Knight in backpacker garb to produce a gun, lean out the window and fire at our pursuer’s tyres. One look at my man dispelled that idea, he also had his head down low.
Our driver managed to lose the car behind, with some very fast, very horrible driving. I fell out of the car as we stopped and almost kissed the ground. By now the giggles had set in. We insisted he let us photograph his car. It was bedecked with badges and insignias. Presumably they were from the cars that hadn’t been so lucky. I peered closely at the badge that had pride of place on the bonnet.
It was a picture of a bold and fearless eagle, and it said ‘Righteous Ruler’. How apt. This tea is for you Righteous Ruler, wherever you are.
Righteous Ruler’s Mint Tea (1 cup)
A bit of a complex recipe, you might want to build up to this one. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it right first time.
Enough boiling water to fill a mug of your choosing
About 5 big mint leaves
1-2 sugar cubes depending on your taste.
- Fill the kettle and put it on
- Whilst it is boiling, put the mint leaves into the bottom of your cup
- When the kettle has boiled pour it into the cup, filling to the desired level. Tip: you may want to top it up with cooler water so it is not too hot to drink
- Add sugar if you like