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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 9:06pm
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Just a reminder to all of you geeks and coffee prescriptivists that you should keep the vaunted Rule of Fifteens in mind when you indulge in egg nog this year! Friends don't let friends use pre-ground nutmeg. ;)

And to all a good night...
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Posted Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:29am
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Thank you!

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Posted Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:41pm
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Ha! Mission accomplished.

I've only recently become a nutmeg snob thanks to a $5 purchase at Crate & Barrel (this one at 50% off; also available here). You can even store a few nuts inside the base. Although, come to think of it, maybe I should be keeping my nutmeg in one-way valve bags or frozen in tiny Ball jars?! As for grate consistency, this thing is the bomb; I only get 5% loss on a 1-g. dose agitated for 30 sec. in my #40 sieve (425 µm).
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Posted Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:46pm
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jbviau Said:

Just a reminder to all of you geeks and coffee prescriptivists that you should keep the vaunted Rule of Fifteens in mind when you indulge in egg nog this year! Friends don't let friends use pre-ground nutmeg. ;)

Posted December 24, 2012 link

Ah, but were spices only so simple!  They're another world altogether.

Nutmeg, for example, is similar to coffee in that, at its best, it can give you a balance the higher fruity notes (those most apparent when ground or shaved fresh) and deeper flavors that can remind you of - yes - coffee, with dark caramels and some bitterness, vanillas, pit fruits and the kind of spice you might find in a good rye (whiskey).  If you season your nog overnight (as many recipes recommend) to let the flavors marry, make sure you DO include the nutmeg early.  That way, it can marinate and integrate with the eggs, sugar and liquors.  But the fresher, brighter flavors dissipate fairly quickly, so grind a little on the top right as you serve to provide that initial bright hit that balances the heavier sweeter, flavors.  

(Next week, using Lampong vs. Tellicherry peppercorns...)
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 7:18pm
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I'm happy to see I'm not the only spice geek around here!
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 7:45pm
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What, no laughs for the sieve joke? ;)

Tony, good points. I can tell when I've been out-geeked and will henceforth defer to your spicy connoisseurship.

About nog, it's rich enough that I like to cut it with club soda. For shame, for shame...
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012, 5:32am
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I'm from England and we don't get egg nog here but I love it... Can anyone recommend a good recipe?
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012, 8:59am
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Josh,

Next year for you, an in-season, single-origin Banda Island (where else) monthly nutmeg subscription. But, just like the increased LDL levels we accept from our beloved Trifecta MB, all good things comes with a price … "in large doses, raw nutmeg has psychoactive effects. In its freshly-ground (from whole nutmegs) form, nutmeg contains myristicin, a monoamine oxidase inhibitor and psychoactive substance. Myristicin poisoning can induce convulsions, palpitations, nausea, eventual dehydration, and generalized body pain. It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant." Take care!

Jim

 
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Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012, 9:24am
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Ha! While I like nutmeg, I don't *do* nutmeg. I wonder how high the dose would have to be to get a buzz from it though?

KLIX, my wife's from Trinidad, so we usually do their version of nog. Here's a recipe that's very close to what we've got in the fridge this year. Alternatively, this one may be more traditional (in the U.S.).
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