is one of the original spices cultivated in Tidore and Ternate,
two tiny Spice Islands in Eastern Indonesia. The best nutmeg is
now grown on the Island of Grenadain in the West Indies. A
yellow peach-like fruit is harvested with a woven wicker basket
attached to the end of a long pole. The inner seed is the nutmeg
spice and is superior when freshly ground. The red-orange
net/aril covering the outer seed is dried and ground to produce
mace. Whole nutmeg is often kept in European kitchens and it is
believed that as long as there is a whole nutmeg seed in the
kitchen, the marriage will last.
1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
tablespoons all-purpose flour
teaspoon garlic salt
ground Tellicherry peppercorns
Press thawed spinach in colander to extract moisture.
2. Melt the butter
in sauté pan, whisk in the flour. Add milk and
until thickened. Stir in the spinach.
3. Season with
nutmeg, garlic salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with baked chicken and risotto.
Makes 4 to 6 servings