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Scent and Memory – a Powerful Combination!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Orange-Creme Ganash
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Orange-Creme Ganash

As you smell a fresh pine tree, cookies baking, bayberry or orange, do flashes of past Christmas holidays come flooding through your mind?  This very aromatic season is an easy way to describe the phenomenon of scent and memory.

The process of smelling is a thing of beauty.  Smell is a chemical sense detected by sensory cells called chemoreceptors in the nose that detect smell and pass on electrical impulses to the brain.  The brain then interprets patterns in electrical activity as specific odors and olfactory sensation becomes perception – we recognize this as smell.  The only other chemical system that can quickly identify, make sense of and memorize new molecules is the immune system (Sarah Dowdy, How Stuff Works).

Gratefully reprinted with permission from my good friend Pat Faust, Gerontologist – and her blog “My Boomer Brain”

What do you have alot of?

Luscious, warm, juicy, brilliant, sweet tomatoes… go to www.lulasforlunch.com and click on Seasonal Selections for an EASY recipe that will help you use 2 of your abundant garden items right now!!  And…just for my blog babies, check out the recipe below that will help you get rid of that most delicious of all weeds…MINT!!

CHILLED MINTED PEA SOUP

¼ cup minced onion                        sauté low heat 1 tsp butter 10 min no browning

 

1 can broth

 

1 can water                                         add both – btb  then simmer

 

¾ cup frozen peas or fresh          add at the simmer, maintain for 5 min

 

¼ c mint leaves                                 add, maintain for 3 min

 

 

 

Dump all in blender, whir till smooth as possible, return to pan through fine mesh sieve (or china cap if you have one)

 

1/4c to ½ c heavy cream                stir through to desired viscosity and taste

 

 

 

Dash  cayenne, salt                         correct seasoning

 

 

 

Chill at least 2 hours.  Serves  4