August 22, 2006

A Foodnut Nut Recipe

I refer to my friends as the graces - both because of who they are and what they bring to my life. Karen is one of them and all the more so the night she brought these over as an appetizer. She's a wonderful cook, instinctive and imaginative and modest about it.

When these magic nuts hit the table, they disappeared. The cayenne gives it a kick that's just perfect against the sugar. Keep an eye on them in the oven - I've incinerated almonds into carbon samples - fascinating but dangerous.

Magic Nuts

2 egg whites
4 cups nuts (you choose, I love almonds)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 F. Whisk egg whites until foamy. Stir in nuts until coated. Combine sugar with cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Pour over nuts and toss until coated. Spread evenly on greased cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes.

When they are done they usually stick together. Breaking them apart is the fun part.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

:Yes, Nicky, these are superb - Sally

Nicola said...

Aha...the source writes! Hello Sally...Hope all is well on the west coast! Sally is my friend Karen's Mum...and she is the source for this recipe, which I found out only the other day. Yup Superb...I'm wondering how the cooking is going in your new kitchen?
Best to you and yours...Nicky

Anonymous said...

My Mom – Sally – expresses her creativity through cooking. Growing up, dinner was colourful, adventurous, and always delicious…. A meal was an event. She instinctively cooks with love. Fifteen years ago my Dad was diagnosed with diabetes. After exhaustive research, my Mom adapted her cooking to suit my Dad’s new diet restrictions without sacrificing flavour, or adventure. My Dad’s doctors have commented on how, along with other lifestyle changes, my Mom’s cooking has helped to stabilize his diabetes. Nicky is right, the kitchen is the hub of any home, the center of its universe. It’s also an extension of the person who drives the ship. Now my Mom, the culinary captain of our family, has a new kitchen designed to her specifications. It’s open, warm, and full of light.

Karen