Pep up your favourite treats
For some reason, peppermint extract can be quite hard to find. You would expect it to be in the baking aisle next to the vanilla essence but more often than not it’s missing from the shelf. To avoid disappointment, I recommend buying it online. You can find lots on Amazon as well as on independent shops’ websites (I ordered from
and it arrived the next day). Go for peppermint rather than mint (mint seems too like toothpaste for my taste).
Order it once and the little vial will be more than you will ever need. As well as this recipe I like to add a little drop to hot chocolate or a few drops to a batch of energy balls for an instant flavour twist. Last week, I finally got back to Bresson in Monkstown, Co Dublin, for my second visit. I knew it would be as good as I remembered as soon as I turned into their courtyard and peered in at the glowing, candle-lit restaurant that looked so inviting and cosy. We had a quick glass of wine at the gorgeous bar before sitting down for dinner. We didn’t order starters but the seasonal pumpkin soup amuse-bouche and warm bread really hit the spot. I had the special — hake with tenderstem broccoli and crisp potatoes and it was exactly what I was hoping for and great value. Next time, I’m going for all three courses and I hear Stu, the bartender, has some killer new cocktails up his sleeve.
If mint is your thing, I also love making homemade After Eightstyle treats. They only take a few simple ingredients so check out thelittlegreenspoon.com if you want to give them a go.