We had a small gathering of people at our place on Australia Day last weekend… yet we had enough food for an army – Overcatering is becoming our style. Our theory is that if we cook up a feast when we have guests over on the weekend, we have enough left overs for the whole week.
With Scotty demanding that he have the opportunity to cook for our friends for a change (have I mentioned before that I have a tendency to dominate the kitchen?) I let him sort out the roasted potatoes and 4 different types of BBQ meats – ribs, chicken thighs, pork sausages and grilled lamb – while I insisted that I at LEAST be able to make flavoured nuts!
Flavoured nuts are kind of becoming an obsession for me (see here, here and here), and with all of those flavoured nut recipes coinciding with the entertaining of our friends C & JJ, it’s becoming the expected thing when they come over.
Sure enough our friends were over again on Australia Day and I had to deliver my nutty goods. We had gone to Foodies Market that day and I spied some lovely brazil nuts at my favourite nut stall so I grabbed a bag and began planning the next nut instalment.
I wanted to steer away from honey this time, so I got home, looked at the spices in the cupboard and got to work on sweetly spiced nuts.
They were an absolute winner and polished off in no time. These nut recipes are so easy, so there’s no excuse for not trying them next time you have guests!
Spiced Brasil Nuts
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg white
2 tablespoon water
1 cup brasil nuts
Preheat oven to 150° Celsius.
In a bowl combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. In a small ramekin, stir together egg white and water, then add to the sugar and spices and mix until combined.
Add brasil nuts and stir until nuts are completely coated with the syrup. Drain excess liquid from the bowl and place in a single layer on a tray lined with baking paper.
Bake for 40 minutes or until brasil nuts are golden and crispy. Serve