Are you a Neil Diamond fan? Nutmeg is for certain. She is also a big granola fan and has been for many years.
Hot Sauce used to make homemade granola on a regular basis. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh batch in your house and eating it hot out of the oven. The basic ingredients usually include: oats, nuts, wheat germ, dried fruit, sugar (or honey or molasses or maple syrup), oil. You can also add spices like cinnamon or ginger depending on your tastes. Nutmeg loves granola served with berries and yogurt, Chili likes the same in different proportions (more granola and less fruit). There are likely as many recipes for granola as there are for combinations of how to eat it.
Granola actually has a history prior to Neil Diamond’s “Crunchy Granola Suite” and prior to the hippie “granola” movement in the 1960’s. The names Granula (invented in 1894 by Dr James Caleb Jackson) and Granola (name change by Kellogg to avoid legal conflict) were trademarked terms in the late nineteenth century United States for foods consisting of whole grain products crumbled and then baked until crispy; in contrast with the contemporary invention, muesli, which is traditionally not baked or sweetened.
Nutmeg has a friend who makes one fantastic version of granola (in fact she has a few variations). She is currently in the process of setting up her company and will be distributing later this year. So you should be on the look out for a new Western Canadian company to rival that barely dressed version (Bear Naked) out of the US. Nutmeg cannot say more at this time on the name of the company and of course the recipes are closely guarded. The great news is we will soon have locally produced product close to home. For now enjoy a little Neil Diamond and maybe even experiment with your own recipe and combinations.
Crunchy Granola – Sweet!!