January 27, 2014

New Oxley Garlic Alberta’s Cloves of Love

New Oxley Garlic Alberta’s Cloves of Love

Garlic’s apparent beneficial properties range from improved digestion, reduced inflammation and warding off colds. These and many other medicinal attributes were discovered long ago in central Asia and were documented in a Sanskrit manuscript from 350 – 375 AD. Market tables heavy with thousands of braided strands of garlic are a certain sign that fall is approaching in Provence. Large, fresh, peppery cloves – nothing like Nutmeg had ever bought at the grocery store in Alberta. Or so she thought before she discovered Jackie Chalmers the owner and cultivator of New Oxley Garlic based in Claresholm, Alberta. (more…)

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January 20, 2014

Pumpkin Feta Muffins

Pumpkin Feta Muffins

Nutmeg has finally convinced Ginger that snowshoeing is an acceptable form of exercise. AND if you take the snowshoes off before you reach the ski lodge your buddies will not even notice that you did not spend your day freezing on the chairlift and skating down the icy slopes. For Ginger, it is all about being able to sleep-in and actually has nothing to do with the fitness component. (more…)

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January 13, 2014

Photo Tours of Dublin Ireland from Dawn to Dusk

Photo Tours of Dublin Ireland from Dawn to Dusk

As Nutmeg looked out the window at the hotel, 8am in Dublin looked like midnight in Provence. Was it always this dark? Or were the low hanging rain clouds enhancing the depressing view? David Cooke’s warm smile and hearty handshake quickly wiped away any gloomy thoughts that the tour group participants might have had. Cooke owner/operator of Dawn2Dusk Guided Photography Tours apologized several times for the weather on that October morning. The moist skies might have been beyond David’s control, but the rest of the guided trip ran like clockwork. (more…)

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January 6, 2014

The Art of Provencal Tables

The Art of Provencal Tables

The joys of easy entertaining: Simple food Great flavours Easy laughter And not too many dishes Doesn’t that sound perfect? If you want to enjoy your guests and not waste a whole day cooking, keep reading. (more…)

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December 30, 2013

Artist Retreat in Provence at Ateliers Fourwinds

Artist Retreat in Provence at Ateliers Fourwinds

Nutmeg is uncertain if sculptors Ursula Hanes and Donni Buffalo Dog were visionary or slightly crazy when they purchased a five-acre property on the outskirts of the hamlet of Aureille, in Provence, the year was 1993. Their interest was not in the house. It was the 600 square-meter mothballed chicken and rabbit coop that had grabbed their attention. (more…)

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December 23, 2013

5 Christmas Presents from Provence

5 Christmas Presents from Provence

A visit to Provence can be a sensory overload: Purple-blue lavender rows combing the landscape Market stalls brimming with wild mushrooms in a palette of earthy browns Pincushions of creamy goat cheese Butcher shop chickens roasted on portable spits on Sunday mornings Rosé chilling tableside What should I take home from Provence? Nutmeg often gets asked this question by friends who are visiting Provence, these are five gifts that she would suggest, each one uniquely representative of the region. (more…)

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December 16, 2013

Photo Workshops in Provence

Photo Workshops in Provence

All I want for Christmas is a photo workshop in Provence. If that is number ONE on your Christmas list this year, then Nutmeg would like to help you out. Andrew Squires is a professional photographer based in the village of Ansouis, in Provence. He runs photo workshops for both groups and individuals; photography on-location, with social breaks, fun festivals and time to explore Provence behind your camera (any type will do). Colour, gesture, all help tell the story. (more…)

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December 9, 2013

Holiday Shortbread for Lazy Bakers

Holiday Shortbread for Lazy Bakers

Does the thought of Christmas baking put you squarely in one of these categories? You start collecting holiday recipes in June, and dream of red and green sprinkles in July. You would rather clean out your basement than attend a Christmas bake exchange. You have a local “go-to” bakery for their qualified help. (more…)

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December 2, 2013

Dublin Sightseeing While Jogging

Dublin Sightseeing While Jogging

The sun was baking the rolling hills, and the annual harvest of ruby-purple grapes was underway – Indian summer days were still gracing Provence. Visions of glasses of chilled rosé danced in her head… What was Nutmeg thinking? (more…)

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November 25, 2013

Provence Unlimited Inspiration for Photography

Provence Unlimited Inspiration for Photography

It was a lazy afternoon in Provence, under a scalding sun, seated on a suspended terrace in the village of Ansouis. As she sat drinking in the pastoral vineyard views, Nutmeg understood why this might be Andrew Squires’ favourite French expression. Ça depend … it depends. Andrew was born in the United Kingdom. His artistic leanings emerged early on as he experimented with both drawing and painting. He discovered photography as an artistic medium, and a magnetic force pulled him to Arles for les Rencontres d’Arles an annual photography festival that was founded in 1970. What does forgiveness mean to you? He has lived in Provence permanently for a couple decades, and he considers it home. He took a few minutes over lunch, and a pitcher of local rosé to tell Nutmeg a little more about his passion for the region and photography. Enjoy his photos as you read this blog post. (more…)

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