a peek inside the fishbowl

12 Jan, 2005

These are not your Mamma’s nuts. They’re candied almonds!

Posted by andrea in: Recipes and Food

In a previous post Cindy mentioned my nuts.

It’s true what they say about them. They kick @ss. They are deceptively easy to make, and they are the perfect little thing to bring along to a dinner party.

I can’t take credit for this concoction. It’s from a collection of fancy recipes created by a rather well-known criminal, a woman formerly known as a top Domestic Engineer and media baronness. Hint: her name begins with M and rhymes with Partha.

3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 cups whole blanched almonds [Ed: Do yourself a favour and buy the blanched variety. You have no idea of the anxiety you’re going to experience if you buy unblanched and find yourself in a hurry trying to rub the skins off while you get ready for Big Office Party.]
1/2 cup plus one tablespoon white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
[I like a bit more]

Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and sprinkle the 1/2 cup sugar over them. Saute until the almonds become golden brown and the sugar caramelizes. [Ed: don’t check your email or leave the vicinity of the kichen at any point during this stage. Almonds will burn quickly! Just keep stirring.]

Remove the almonds from the pan and toss in a bowl with the salt, cumin, pepper flakes and the remaining sugar.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight tin. Makes two cups.

Tags:

1 Response to "These are not your Mamma’s nuts. They’re candied almonds!"

1 | Gwendolyn Gall

December 1st, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Avatar

This is very similar to a recipe by Patricia Wells, famous British cookbook writer of Provencal recipes. She doesn’t use blanched almonds–just plain old raw, whole. And they are delicious as is.

So, friend, don’t worry about having to do any rubbing!

comment form:

Patronatus

Have a great summer at Saunders Farm!


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


terra20 Ottawa


Expert lice removal services in Ottawa with Lice Services Canada


Click me!


Archives

Stay in touch



Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • SJM: My father sent epic care packages when I was at Uni - one per term. It included a 6 pack of beer and lots of food. This was when postage was much chea
  • andrea tomkins: I KNOW. It's crazy that we are now the parents of an adult. I can hardly believe it myself most days! :)
  • Allison: What!!??!! How is your daughter in university?!! That just cannot be!!! So glad to hear she is adjusting well and having fun and enjoying her classes
  • andrea tomkins: Great ideas Joy! Especially the POST-its! They're actually an expensive purchase for a student, so they'd make a nice addition to a care package.
  • joy: cute and fun - I would love to receive things like this! How about notebooks, magazines, post-it notes, seasonal treats, lip balms, gift cards for fav
  • andrea tomkins: Ooh! Good one Alison! A good (long!) phone charge cord could be welcome as well.
  • Alison in Ottawa: Another pair of ear phones. My daughter can never keep track of them.

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter