Sunday, 7 February 2010

Spiced Nuts

We had some friends over for supper last night. I made all the food on Friday so I could enjoy the evening. This was a lucky bit of foresight on my behalf because, during a bike ride yesterday morning, I fell off and hurt my knee. I would like to say that it was during a death defying stunt that I lost control and gracefully tumbled to the floor, but the truth is I was trying to re-arrange my cycling attire, lost control of my bike and hit the ground. Unfortunately my free hand was wrestling with wayward underwear and wasn't quick enough to free itself and break my fall. My shoulder and knee smacked down onto a sharp gravel track. Ouch! So I was very grateful for the minimal kitchen tasks I had to perform last night. The only cooking I had to do was make the Spiced Nuts.

2 tbl Butter
2 tbl Water
100g Soft Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
500g Mixed Nuts
  • In a frying pan lightly toast the nuts, keeping them moving so they don't catch. Remove to a bowl.
  • Put the butter, water, spices and salt into the pan and heat gently, stirring to combine. Heat through to form a sticky glaze, about 3 minutes.
  • Toss the nuts into the glaze and cook until they are shiny and brown. Tip onto a baking sheet lined with foil or greaseproof paper and allow to cool. Serve with drinks or store in an airtight container


  1. Ouch! I hope you're ok. Try and avoid wearing that lycra balaclava in future, you know how it gets in your eyes.

  2. The nuts look delicious-hope you're alright!