Anyone else going nuts besides me? Yes?
Let's just say I can easily say, without a doubt even, that I'm more than ready for my two kiddos to go back to school on August 6th. My two sweet kiddos have been spoiled by gorgeous weather, lazy days at the pool, lots of neighborhood friends, tons of ice cream and popsicles, and long summer nights. They've played outside all day from early morning till late at night. EVERY SINGLE DAY. They simply can't get enough. They've turned into two crazed monsters who have daily meltdowns and can't contain themselves. It's like they're in panic mode trying to cram as much as they can into the last few weeks before school starts.
In the meantime I turn the music up and find some peace in the kitchen. Chopping, mixing, stirring, and baking. There is something so satisfying about creating things with your hands.
These Spicy Caramelized Nuts are a delight to the senses. Cardamom smells so exotic, like spicy orange blossoms. I love the citrusy sweetness of it. Cinnamon is like a warm blanket. Comforting, familiar, and cozy. A big dose of sugar adds the sweetness that brings it all together. These nuts are glossy, shiny, and almost appear lacquered with all sorts of goodness. The perfect indulgence.
Spicy Caramelized Nuts
Adapted from bbcfood.com
by Nigel Slater
1 tablespoon cardamom pods
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup of nuts*
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
Note: I omitted the ground ginger because I didn't have any. The recipe is written for pecans but I opted to use almonds.
Break the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Add them to a frying pan with the nuts and ground ginger, cook over a medium heat for one minute. Pour five tablespoons of the sugar over the nuts and let it melt, bubble and caramelize. Tip the caramelized nuts into a bowl and dust with cinnamon and a final sprinkle of sugar. If you like, toss nuts onto parchment paper to cool. Nuts will form somewhat of a nut brittle that you can break into large chunks.
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