Sunday, January 15, 2006

Death By Lemongrass

I should start this blog off by wishing the most AMAZING 12 year old I know a very Alles Gute zum Geburtstag! (What was that?) I love you and miss you!

OK, now back to business...

Oh wait, what is this here? What strange sort of grass is this? Lemongrass? What in the world is a person supposed to do with this fibrous, smelly thing?
Answer: Many things.
Lemongrass is typically used as flavoring in many Asian dishes. It is also known to treat a number of ailments, such as headaches and the common cold. AKA: The chicken soup of Thailand.
But, why restrict lemongrass to such stringent boundaries. Be free, my little grassling, and explore your vast potential.

Here are a few possible career moves for lemongrass, if so it chooses:

#1: A food-in-teeth extractor. the outermost husk is usually discarded and forgotten. This saddens me. When dental floss or toothpicks are hard to come by, use your trusty lemongrass. Though, how many of us actually have lemongrass at our disposal during these desperate times of need? I do. But I'm not normal.
#2: A disciplinary device. When left intact, this plant has a natural elasticity that is very similar to that of a whip. "Whoop-Cha!" Take that Devo.
#3: A poking stick. My husband came up with this idea. Sure. You could use it as a poking stick. Just don't poke too hard. Death by lemongrass, anyone? .

Well, I fear none of these fantastic ideas are every going to hold much of a marketing appeal. So allow me to suggest another possibility, Iced-Tea!

Here's the Lemongrass Tea recipe I came across. I made some slight changes...

Lemongrass Iced Tea
Lemongrass Tea

  • 14 stalks of lemongrass*
  • 3 Tbs. fresh Thai ginger, sliced or coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 c blackberries
  • 1/4 c palm sugar** or honey
  • 8 c water

Combine bottom 5-in. of lemongrass, ginger, blackberries, and place in cheesecloth. Secure with twine. Place water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Place filled cheesecloth and the tops of the lemongrass stalks in the pot. Bring down heat to a simmer, cover, and brew for 20 minutes or longer (for a stronger taste).
This can also be served as a hot tea with a little mint (the hubbie's preference).

*Only the moist white/yellow bulb portion of the stalk is normally used in cooking (about 5 inches). But, since this is only a flavoring agent for the tea, we can use almost all of it.
**These come package in hard, round discs when you buy them. Place it in a plastic bag and use a meat tenderizer or mallet to pulverize it. It's very cathartic!


At 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I enjoy your blog very much. Can you tell me the difference between palm sugar and honey? This drink looks sooooooo good. Thanks>

At 8:36 PM, Blogger MonkeyBites said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoy my blog. There's a great website you should check out called Cook's Thesaurus. It's got a list of sugars, including palm and honey.
Palm sugar has a less dramatic and distinct flavor to it than honey does. It has a very mild sweetness and tastes a bit like caramel. Palm sugar could almost be eaten alone, like candy.


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