RECIPE: Lemon balm chick peas
The lemon balm is getting taller every day, and I'm in search of good ways to use it up! I know about using it in tea and syrup and mojitos and jelly, but I'm looking for some different, savory things to do with it (I can't possibly suck down enough sweet tea to use up all my lemon balm and mint!). I've found that it's delicious in salads (especialy with dried cranberries), and yesterday came up with this dish:
Curried chick peas with lemon balm
1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp curry powder
leaves from 2-3 4-6 inch sprigs lemon balm, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium heavy skillet, heat olive oil until hot. Fry chickpeas until golden. Stir in curry powder and fry for about a min. more. Remove from heat, toss in the lemon balm. Enjoy. It might be good with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to finish, too, but I didn't have any on hand.
What are some interesting, off-the-beaten-path ways you have used lemon balm?