Monday, December 20, 2010

uh oh... nutso snacky snacks

true story..

i'm out watering the veggie gardens between relocation of leafy bits trips to the compost pile when it strikes me...

nuts!  for no apparent reason nuts!
- spiced nuts, sweet nuts, honey nuts, maple nuts -
i've got all the goods - family is coming - easy yummy snacks.  why not?

as things often go in the hippychick universe, given the time is available, action immediate happens!  so i put the hose down, turned off the water, wheeled the barrow to the back and charged inside for a bit of nutty kitchen experimentation.

- this is what i came up with -

honey cayenne cashews and pepitas
  • heat oven to 350˚
  • roast cashews for 5 mintues
  • after 5 minutes shake them up a bit and roast for another 5 minutes
while cashews are roasting mix together 
  • 1tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • a few dashes of salt
  • cayenne to your own tolerance / preference
  • heat mixture to a slow simmer then turn heat to medium-low
  • mix cashews into mix, stirring continually until liquid mixture cooks down to nearly dry
  • pour nuts on to a baking sheet to cool
  • once cool store in an airtight container
  • eat your nuts within a week or freeze for longer storage




maple walnuts with brown sugar
follow the above listed process with the following changes
  • exchange walnuts for cashews
  • exchange real maple syrup for honey
  • omit the use of salt
  • add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to mixture
  • once you turn out nuts to cool, sprinkle with brown sugar

peanuts spiced with herbes de provence

follow the above listed process with the following changes
  • exchange peanuts for cashews
  • use only butter no sweetener
  • add the herbes de provence
  • once you turn out nuts to cool, if you prefer sprinkle with additional herbs and/or parmesan cheese


honey ginger peanuts with black sesame seeds

follow the above listed process with the following changes
  • add 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped ginger
    • you may substitute ground ginger if fresh is not available
  • add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla to mixture
  • add 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds
my nutty nuts are now cooling.  i made plenty.  there is enough for family snacks and for local sharing.  i better share soon as my quality control personal testing is becoming a bit of habit - bad hippychick, bad - make them go away, quickly!

cheers!

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