Food blogger pop quiz time!
When do you know the “angle” for your post?
- As soon as I see the recipe, the post is already done in my head.
- As I’m cooking, I’m creating the story.
- As I’m sitting in front of the blank screen, it usually just hits me and I say a little prayer of thanks and start typing.
- I’m just happy to string a few words together that may or may not make sense.
I have good news for you, I think there is no one correct answer as we are inspired differently based on what we are making. A homemade family recipe immediately conjures up a story of learning to use a whisk with your mother and the post just writes itself, whereas you may come across a wonderful recipe for Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts but you have no connection to them other than wanting to try them and you’re left to your own imagination. So here is what I came up with, maybe a little #2 and #5 (I told you there was no right answer, so extra points if you went on a limb and said none apply to you!)
As the title suggests, I made Sweet and Spicy Cocktail Nuts from Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table. As I waited for them, the smell emanating from the oven was not unlike an amusement park selling honey roasted nuts. Needless to say, any smell that is reminiscent of the amusement park is pretty exciting. But really, when is sugar, cinnamon and a few other spices tosses over baked nuts not exciting!?
As I pulled them out of the oven, the nuts had transformed from light-ish in color to a wonderfully glossy caramelized color. Since I had to let them cool down for a few seconds, I decided to admire the transformation that had occured in the oven. Virtually the same, but totally different. When you think about what happens in there, it’s pretty incredible.
I made these now because honestly, what’s better than having something to put on the coffee table to snack on during the holidays? And let me tell you, it’s exactly what they claim to be. I went with cashews, almonds and peanuts that have a incredible salty, sweet and spicy hint to them with the perfect amount of crunch.
As is the case with recipes from Around My French Table, A little club has been formed French Fridays with Dorie and the goal is to encourage people to buy this incredible book rather than posting the recipes. It’s a great deal at Amazon (US) or Amazon (Canada) if you’re interested!
And lastly, let me wish you all Happy Holidays and enjoy your time spent with your family!