October 18, 2012

in.gredients for success

in.gredients for success

Nutmeg has only met Christian and Joseph Lane the co-founders of in.gredients via Internet channels. She did not have to meet these two in person to be convinced that they had not only an intriguing concept, but also a solid business plan. in.gredients is an exciting new food retail concept in Austin, Texas. As “the first zero-waste, package-free grocery store in the US,” in.gredients seeks to eliminate waste from unnecessary food packaging by encouraging customers bring their own containers to their store for filling. (more…)

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October 15, 2012

Fabulous Florence Italy

Fabulous Florence Italy

Ginger and Nutmeg had been away from Canada for almost 10 months, and they were both experiencing the need for some interaction with their Calgary friends (read: a little too much one-on-one time). That sentiment was not quite strong enough to persuade Nutmeg to book a ticket home, no need to rush from the South of France. However, when they received an email invitation to a small gathering in Florence to celebrate a wedding, they said YES without hesitation, despite the 7-8 hour drive. (more…)

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September 20, 2012

Un Common Figs

Un Common Figs

Almost indescribable, the scent of a fig tree full of almost ripe fruit is a fragrance that is both sweet and earthy. Nutmeg had never had the opportunity to enjoy the remarkable smell of the fig tree, before she spent the summer in Provence. The scent is distinctive, almost arresting in the open air, however, in a closed space can be overwhelming. The fig tree is often referred to as the Common Fig. It grows both cultivated and wild in most countries that are close to the Mediterranean and in many parts of Asia. Some tree varieties will bear fruit up to four times a year. (more…)

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August 13, 2012

Glorious Italian Gelato

Glorious Italian Gelato

Is it possible more flavour and less fat? Yes! Italian cuisine is known for its’ simplicity and high-quality ingredients. Gelato is one such example. The Italians have been perfecting this frozen desert since the days of the Medici family of Florence. In 1565, a Florentine chef, Bernardo Buontalenti, served his frozen concoction to Catherine de’Medici. Since that time, the popularity of the dessert and the wide variety of flavours has exploded. Today, gelato can be found all over Italy and many places around the globe. (more…)

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August 2, 2012

Forget Tupperware Bring Some Spice Home

Forget Tupperware Bring Some Spice Home

Think Sex And the City; Think Eating & Drinking; Think Shopping; Think Fun and what do they all have in common? Things that friends love doing together. All the essential ingredients for a home party!   (more…)

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May 28, 2012

A Roman Holiday

A Roman Holiday

NO, Ginger and Nutmeg are not going into the film business. The famous old (1953) movie Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, was not the impetus for their visit to the Italian capital city. There were two compelling reasons to indulge in a little three-day Roman holiday. The first was a chance to visit with dear friends, and the second reason was the last time either Ginger or Nutmeg had stepped foot in Rome was over 25 years ago! Fleur de Sel and Espresso arrived on their transatlantic flight a few moments after Ginger and Nutmeg’s short flight from Marseille. In fact, it was just enough time for a quick Italian espresso and a walk to the right terminal. Once settled in their hotel rooms and they all met for lunch on the beautiful Piazzo del Polpolo. This plaza has a fountain and it is relatively free of the crowds, as compared to the major sites in Rome. Unfortunately, the concierge recommended a restaurant on the square, which was a bust, so much for her suggestions. (more…)

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March 21, 2011

Recipe Issues Fixed

Recipe Issues Fixed

Nutmeg would like to thank her loyal fans for their feedback on some recently posted recipes. There is a minor issue with the back-end of the site – the ingredients list is not showing. Please stay tuned the full recipes will be available shortly. In the meantime thanks for reading and feel free to pass the web-site on to others who you think might be interested. A Bientot! [tfb username=’GingerandNutmeg’ count=’true’ lang=’en’ theme=’light’]

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March 14, 2011

The Olive Story in Provence

The Olive Story in Provence

Olive groves are found in abundance in Provence, as the climate is similar to other growing areas around the Mediterranean (Greece, Spain, Israel, Syria, Italy etc..). Records confirm that olives have been produced in several middle east countries since prehistoric times. By 2000 BC, there are references to a form of olive press and oil exports, from what is now Syria.  In ancient Greece, there are indications of the oil being used as both a food, and for grooming purposes.  The olive leaf throughout history, has symbolized abundance, glory and at times peace.  Through the ages the oil, has been considered sacred, it was used to anoint royalty, bless athletes in ancient Greece, fuel the eternal flame in the original Olympic games and even found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. (more…)

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January 17, 2011

Lentils for Luck

Lentils for Luck

Nutmeg is not superstitious by nature.  That being said, she is not foolhardy either; there is no good reason to spend to much time with a black cat or walk under a ladder or generally tempt fate. It is a tradition in Nutmeg’s family to eat lentils on January 1st every year.  In many nationalities, eating lentils on the first of the year is supposed to bring you prosperity through the coming months.  The round shape of the lentil is similar to a coin, and thus in theory the more you eat the more wealth you will gain.  Given the fact that Ginger and Nutmeg are living, eating and drinking in France without paychecks, a bit of prosperity would not hurt. (more…)

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July 8, 2010

Market Series Green Mango Salad

Market Series Green Mango Salad

Have you ever had an interview, and after an hour they have tested your ability to answer probing questions like: Describe a situation when you had to report bad news to a client  (So sorry, too bad so sad…) Why are you the right candidate for the job? (Don’t you know who I am?) What are your weaknesses?  (Like I am really going to tell you…) Describe your greatest accomplishment and why it is significant (Getting paid) Then out of left field they throw in the wild card question, you know the interview is almost over at this point. What fruit would you use to describe you and why?  Nutmeg was able to answer that one without hesitation.  Without a doubt, her answer is the mango, it grows in warm, frost-free climates, it has a unique flavor, very sweet when ripe and it is widely used in tropical and Asian cuisine. There are many kinds of mangoes and the growing season varies around the globe.  In May and June, the North American grocery stores are filled with produce from Mexico including the Champagne or Ataulfo variety.  The Alphonso, which grows in India, is considered the global premium variety.  The total world-wide production of mangoes is 33 million tons, India produces almost 50% at 13 million tons, followed by China then Mexico. Mangoes are a great source of Vitamins A, C and E, although you should not eat the peel it contains urushiol, the same chemical as poison ivy. The best way to eat a mango is to cut out the juicy fruit and enjoy.  Other options are of course smoothies, salsa, gelato, belininis etc.. One of Nutmeg’s absolute favourite recipies is actually green mangoes salad here is the recipe: Print Green Mango Salad Recipe type: Salad Cuisine: Asian Prep time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins Serves: 2   Ginger and Nutmeg had this salad many times in Vietnam, it is also considered a Thai salad. It really does not matter, it is a delicious summer salad. This salad is not hard to make but does require some chopping. A few notes: A bottle of Fish sauce will last a lifetime You can play with the level of "heat" to your taste You can use green papaya instead of mango Instead of chopped peanuts you can use cashews. Ingredients 2 Green (not ripe) Mangoes, peeled and julienned 2 Small Carrots, julienned 1 Cup Bean Sprouts, washed 1 - 2 Teaspoons (to your taste) Hot Chilies, crushed 2 Green Onions, chopped 2 Tablespoons Cilantro, chopped 2 Tablespoons Mint, chopped 2 Tablespoons Thai Basil, chopped (or regular basil) 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice 1 Tablespoon Palm Sugar Instructions Mix the mango, carrot, bean sprouts, chili, green onion, cilantro, mint, basil in a large bowl Mix fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a small bowl Toss the salad with the dressing and serve garnished with the nuts 3.2.2499 Enjoy! SIDE NOTE:  Nutmeg did not get the job so you may want to prepare a better answer for your next interview.

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