Sunday was a slushy, snowy day. The perfect kind of day for being in the kitchen. I felt like baking but I also felt like eating so I decided to try a somewhat ‘healthy’ recipe I found on one of my favourite blogs, Joy The Baker. Among the delicious looking pictures and recipes I saw one for Honey Chai Roasted Almonds. I just happened to have a lot of hazelnuts from my fall gathering and some other mixed nuts so I decided to give the recipes a try, substituting a variety of nuts instead of just using almonds.
The recipe was simple and filled the house with an exotic aroma; cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The whole process took about a half an hour and was well worth it. I have stored the nuts away in little jars for a treat now and then.
I also used the hazelnuts to make nut bark. I have some Belgian Chocolate left in the pantry from my truffle making at Christmas. I melted some milk chocolate, tempered it and then mixed in some roasted hazelnuts. It made a mighty fine sweet treat after dinner.
Today is another rainy day and so as well as puttering in the kitchen I am going to try to focus on creating with the fibre I am trying to use up from my ‘stash.’