Did You Know You Can Get High With Nutmeg? [Spices]

image by Nikita Avvakumov on flickr

Wow, plain old nutmeg. Who knew? I use it a lot when making cakes or falafel.

Apparently, in its freshly ground form, nutmeg contains myristicin, a psychoactive substance that can cause hallucinations and memory lost.

Quoting from Wikipedia:

In low doses, nutmeg produces no noticeable physiological or neurological response, but 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.[12] It is also reputed to be a strong deliriant.[13]

So there. Careful with the nutmeg folks.

Tingly Lemon Tart from Sweet Paul

tingly lemon tart
image by sweet paul

Have you ever tasted a new dish and discovered your absolutely loved a combination of things that you would have never thought of putting together in the same pot before?

It happened to me with coconut and sweet potato, with bacon and chocolate and strawberry marmalade with burgers.

And now I discover this lemon tart recipe from Sweet Paul. It looks amazing. I wonder if it tastes as good as it looks 🙂

He suggest cutting lemons very finely, dipping them in sugar and then laying them on a big square of puff pastry. I think I would cheat and try to sweeten the lemons before adding them on the puff pastry by diving them in boiling sugar syrup. Just bathing them a few times, not actually boiling them in sugar.

I would also consider adding a layer of lemon cream between the pastry and the lemon.

Mmm… must try 🙂