You may remember that I was in need of some sage advice last week about using up a giant bouquet of the lovely herb. In addition to your excellent suggestions, trolling the Internet for some French wisdom on the subject gave me another idea...Sage tisane. I'm not sure why this didn't occur to me before: I love to steep mint and rosemary to make an herbal infusion. But I'd never thought to plunge velvety sage leaves in boiling water. After barely 10 minutes, I had a sage green-colored herbal infusion that tasted like a more intense version of the herb, with a heady aroma. I drank it plain, but you can add some lemon juice or honey. I used a big sprig of sage leaves for a liter of water, and after it went cold, I drank it that way for the rest of the day.
Of course, the French aren't the first to believe that sage infusions have positive effects on the body -- the Chinese are big fans of sage tea. And cultures dating back thousands of years have believed that a sage infusion helps aid digestion, and has anti-bacterial properties: You can gargle with it to ward off colds or aid a sore throat, or use it to wash wounds.
- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com