November 12, 2017 Provence’s Olives Start to Finish

Ginger has long loved olives, for their salty taste.  Nutmeg’s appreciation for olives has been acquired in recent years and certainly more so after spending time in Provence.  The olive tree is probably as old as the earth and may have even been one of the plants in the “Garden of Eden”. The Olive Story will give you more details on olives if you are interested. Nutmeg is fascinated by the olive, for its history, the tiny spring buds, the widespread use in Mediterranean cooking and of course because they taste fabulous. The following post is a photo expose and a new favourite recipe in honour of the olive.

Market Olives

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May 13, 2012 Homemade Banana Bread

Hot Sauce (Nutmeg’s Mum) loves bananas, she grew up in the West Indies on an island that produces bananas for export, so it was best to love them…

Bananas are considered a super-food:

  • Potassium-rich; studies show foods with high levels of potassium can reduce the risk of stroke by as much as 40%
  • High levels of the antioxidant phenolic compounds work to detoxify cancer-causing agents
  • Although not specifically high in calcium can help in the absorption of calcium
  • They reduce stomach acidity and in some cases may even reduce nausea

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