[Sca-cooks] Candying Nutmegs: Was Break the Pot

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Nov 1 04:45:14 PST 2009

On Nov 1, 2009, at 2:05 AM, otsisto wrote:

> My apologies for not following this thread but this post caught my  
> eye. The
> nutmeg has fruit surrounding the nut and the Indonisians candy it.
> Could the fruit be what the recipe is calling to be candied?
> Fruit, mace and nut
> http://tinyurl.com/ygudxrd

Hmmm. It's an interesting idea, but since they refer to usually nutmeg  
and mace as separate items, and since candying could indicate (among  
other things) a need to preserve things, long journeys by land and sea  
and all, it sort of makes you wonder where the fresh whole nutmeg  
fruits are coming from in this model.

I'd be more inclined to think they're talking about ordinary peeled  
nutmegs, and that,  as with cuir bouilli, once infused, the nutmeg  
takes on a different character.


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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