Nutmeg, How To Use It
What Is Nutmeg?
Nutmeg is one of several spices, including cloves, coming to us from what is commonly called 'The Spice Islands'. Despite a troubled history, we can appreciate them for this.
The seed is what is gound for nutmeg, its covering gives us mace.
This Had To Come Up, Somewhere
Ancient Viagra, anyone? The pun was totally unintended!
Nutmeg has been associated with the possession of magical powers. A sixteenth century monk is reported as having advised young men to carry vials of nutmeg oil. At the appropriate time, ( hey, use your own imagination), they were to anoint their genitals for .......uhmn...shall I say , ' personal business'? The ladies were advised to stuff some nutmeg under the left arm to attract suitors. It appears that ancient win-win, was the order of the day.
Perhaps, it is time to redefine 'sachet'.
Cooking With Nutmeg
Let's go beyond the holiday eggnog...
Cakes, cookies, puddings, spicy drinks.....chances are the ingredients call for some nutmeg. Cheeses, and cheese sauces benefit from its peppiness. Black beans, eggs, or tomatoes, can come to life from the perkiness of nutmeg. Some cooks add it to Italian dishes, though I have not done this. Nutmeg garners a great following in Mid-Eastern dishes.
Another professional cook shared this with me, " a shake of nutmeg makes everything else just POP"...... Just one shake from your container...no need to change the recipe, just enliven it.
However you choose to use it, this rule of thumb can be worthy of jotting down in your favourite recipe book......one grated nutmeg, equals 2-3 teaspoons of ground nutmeg.
Is Nutmeg Valuable As A Healing Spice?
Small does of nutmeg can alleviate gas, aid digestion, stimulate the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
The oil of nutmeg is not to be played with. It can cause hallucinations, vomiting and in EXTREME cases, death. These cases result from an extreme concentration. Your are not going to 'overdose' your family by using too much nutmeg in the pudding.
This is not an essential oil to be experimented with by the beginning hobbyist......
Rest assured, nutmeg is safe for cooking, even for those, ( like myself) who have a heavy hand. The danger is in the oil of nutmeg, which most of us have probably not seen. Leave the oils, to those who know how to use them. This one is not for the beginner.
Eggnog, is not a drink that I enjoy, so , I have no favorite to recommend.
These recipes range from simple to interesting. Let me know if you tried any, and your assessment.
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It is a spice in question.......do not leave your decisions to me. The Internet opens a surplus of doors to us......open them. Question and investigate.
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Smelling good may not be enough........
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