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Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-23

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Mace is one of those spices I see in many recipes this time of year but never knew much about. It's remarkably versatile and in nature cuddles up to one of my favorite spices, nutmeg. It's made from the covering of nutmeg seeds and grows in what's known as the spice islands.
Take a look at the variety of dishes that use it as an ingredient. Most relevent to this time of year is Christmas plum pudding.
http://homecooking.about.com/library/arc...
Plum puddings are one of those dishes we read about but don't try much over here in the states. Here's a recipe from Mrs.Beeton around the turn of the century 1901:
http://www.fashion-era.com/Christmas/chr...
she doesn't use mace as in the previous list but I've tried hers and it's fantastic.
Here's some information on Mace. It's a recipe for a reverie that will keep the cold away.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-spic...

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