What is mace?
Sometimes I plan a weekend meal by effectively throwing one of my cookbooks in the air and seeing where it lands. So I'm making a cream based soup of leeks and oatmeal called Brotchan Roy that's traditionally Irish. Not exactly summery, but it looks delicious in my cookbook. I bought the leeks and a fresh bunch of parsley, am going to use cupboard granola lightly sweetened with cane sugar and a dash of Tabasco for my own personal touch.
The recipe calls for a "pinch of ground mace." What the?! In all my years, including a decade of dedication to the Food Channel, I had never heard of such a thing. Is it a spice? an herb? a chemical ursine repellent? So, anyway, I also bought a jar of the stuff. It tastes oddly medicinal...