Gourmand gifts: Nutmeg grinder

Looking for the perfect, $25 gift that still has some substance and thought behind it? A nutmeg grinder is both festive and fitting of the season. I think it’s a perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or gift for a friend or co-worker–it is so much better than a bottle of wine.

This is a wonderfully sturdy and efficient grater (nutmegs are really hard little fellas) and surprisingly Williams & Sonoma has a better price than Amazon.

If you have time to wrap it up, you can make it really cute. I chose some cocoa paper and then made a little tag with a picture of the nutmeg tree and seed that I got from Wikipedia and the inside I described all of the ways I like to use fresh nutmeg.

Here’s what my note (or novel rather) said:

I always add more spice than a recipe calls for—I just think the spicier the better, whether it’s salt, cinnamon, parsley, or nutmeg! I love fresh nutmeg and I add it to everything. It has such a homey aroma. It’s a very versatile spice in that it can go sweet or savory and is used in many cuisines, but is especially common in Indian, Greek, and Dutch cooking . It is the secret ingredient in many of my “go-to” recipes, the things I make all the time: Lasagna and moussaka (a dressy version of lasagna with lamb and eggplant) because they can be frozen and totally ready when guests arrive. And cut-out sugar cookies, which I make every year from my Mom’s recipe at my annual Valentine cooking making party. It also pairs well with pumpkin and sweet potatoes. It makes a great spice rub for lamb or chicken. If you take the time to steam some milk for your coffee—which you should do because you deserve it—you can put a little on top for an extra special touch. It’s also great atop eggnog and mulled cider.  I recently tried it in parnsip cake, which is similar to carrot cake, and it was great.

Wishing you and yours a warm, cozy, and extra spicy Christmas!

Look how pretty that fresh nutmeg looks on eggnog!

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3 responses to “Gourmand gifts: Nutmeg grinder

  1. Pingback: Gourmand gifts: Truffle salt | Hong Kong Housewife

  2. Very nice – and perhaps this is not a fair comparison, but I have a pepper grinder that puts this humble instrument to shame. It is a massive yard long, about the size and weight of a baseball bat. It really has two functions, it first seasons your food and then protects it against pilferage.

  3. Somewhat related . . . I was thinking about a kitchen utensil pattern for envelope liners the other day and thought, why not a microplane? The standard microplane is just as much a staple in the kitchen utensil drawer as a whisk or wooden spoon these days, right? Nutmeg on a microplane can get a little too close for comfort though, your grinder would be good investment 🙂

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