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Old 07-30-2010, 11:25 PM   #1
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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...

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Old 07-31-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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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...
Mace is the outter layer of nutmeg, It is a milder form. I can tell you it will take over if you use to much. So use a light hand.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Thanks, kadesma. I tasted it again and yes, it is nutmeg. Makes sense; it's often paired with cream. Per recipe, I will use a pinch.
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