Caramelized Macadamia Nuts with Smoked Paprika & Chili Pepper

Photo 22-12-15 13 51 34The thing I’ve been doing since the start of the year has made me very happy, namely to get rid of mental clutter and the idea of obligations.
The writer of this brilliant piece states that she now goes to the supermarket in her pyjamas.

Even though I am not there (yet), I’ve taken a stance on food. Does it spark joy?
If the answer is yes, I am eating it. Whether that means that I am eating Pan de Datile for breakfast or Peanut Butter with a spoon as a snack, if it makes me happy I will do so. I am assured that from time to time my body will request me to go back to a soup, or maybe even a better version of a salad.

For now I am enjoying to eat different kinds of snacks. It was around New Year’s Eve that I started to experiment with different types of sweet snacks. Stuff that I could leave on the table in a tin or jar and that our houseguests could easily eat off.

So far I’ve embarked on a couple of successes, in the form of Peanut Butter Cups with Seasalt, Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters and now these Caramelized Smoked Paprika Macademia Nuts. I’ve found that these are really addictive, and I suspect that is the combination of sweet, salt and smokiness against the creaminess of the macademia nuts. They’re pretty extraordinary, and you could easily tone them down by leaving out the smoked paprika and chili pepper (or reducing those).

Next to snacking, they make a wonderful addition to your bowl of tomato soup, paprika salad or crushed on top of a nice risotto (in which case I’d advice to reduce the sugar to 1 tablespoon).

The note I would like to make is that these taste best the same day they’re made. It is possible that they become a little sticky in a humid environment (for example a kitchen at full blast) or simply over time. Both staleness and stickiness can be solved by reheating the nuts in the oven on a sheet of baking paper at around 150-175 degrees for around 10 minutes, after they cool down you will notice that their structure has improved greatly again. View Full Post

Granola Bars

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0996.According to some popular, but very hard-to-read, ideas, our generation is the one creating rather than buying. I am happy to say that this is mostly true (what else would I fill this blog with?). On the other side, I couldn’t be more grateful for grocery delivery services, especially during these days in between two homes and a whole lot of boxes (luckily enough with quite our share of spending time around this particular beautiful Frankfurt view). 

One of the things that I think is most definitely paying off to make yourself is a good and hearty snack. The one you might have to shell out over 1.50 euros a piece for (if you’re lucky, that is), and that makes you feel like you are not eating a chocolate bar that is actually disguised as a health food snack. The ones that make me feel safe and taken care of. Even though I made them myself. This is the kind of granola bar that I am happy to stick into my bag before I leave for work or when I travel. 

These bars have been a steady part of my routine for the last two years already and even though I kid myself and appetite in making ‘variations’, I always come back to the original recipe. There is no need to bake these and they will last for at least two weeks. You can easily substitute most of the ingredients to your likings and cupboard content.
Hope you will like these as much as I do! View Full Post