Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove would never have crossed my radar except for  Heather from Books & Quilts  who linked it in to Books You Loved: June and Barbara from Stray Thoughts who brought it to Books You Loved: July

I found this book quite remarkable.  It is probably the most memorable book I've read this year – and I've read a few goodies.

What can I say about it without either giving you the wrong impression or spoiling it for you?

Some comments:

·         The book was originally written in Swedish but the translation is fantastic.
·         The main character is simply spell-binding.  I think he taught me quite a lot about the sort of good man that is good through deeds rather than words. Ove is what some might call a grumpy old man – but after reading this book, you will just take him into your heart.
·         This book is hysterically funny in parts and very sad in others
·         I think this book would appeal equally to men and women

Please read this book and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A little goes a long way....

Spice of the Month -Mace

Mace comes from the same plant as nutmeg.  Mace is the stuff around the outside of the seed which is the nutmeg.

The flavour of mace is similar to but more delicate than nutmeg – some say it is sweeter but I don't think there is much difference really.  I first came across mace in a recipe for a Thai curry paste.

Oil of mace has been used traditionally to cure insomnia – I wonder if that works!

Mace has been used for a long time in British cookery in potted shrimp.

In Europe you find mace in pates and sausages – particularly boudins blancs.  You also find mace in baking and sweet dishes.

Of course, any dish with nutmeg in it can be done with mace instead.

If you can, buy it in its original form rather than ground.  It doesn't keep that well for long in ground form.

BIBLIOGRAPHY - with thanks to Auckland Libraries

Cook's Encyclopaedia of Spices by Sallie Morris & Lesley Mackley
Discovering Vegetables, Herbs & Spices by Susanna Lyle
Spice Market by Jane Lawson
Spicery by Ian & Elizabeth Hemphill
Spices & Natural Flavourings by Jennifer Mulherin
Spices by Sophie Grigson
Spices Condiments and Seasonings by Kenneth T Farrell
Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David
The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander