Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Advent 22 Honey roasted spiced nuts for the hampers

We have another very windy day today but very mild again, I had a search for snowdrops but none here yet  but we have got some primroses out already.

Thank you for all the comments yesterday about Strictly and Greenery.


By posting about what I've been making to put in the hampers for our 2 sisters and brothers-in-law I've totally spoiled the surprise for my sister who does read this, (sorry L! and hope your cold has gone) Col's sister reads only rarely so she's probably not seen any of the contents.

Here's one more thing I made - Honey roasted spiced nuts 
These are exceedingly more-ish and it was a wonder any of them got into the bags for the hampers.
To make them I just put some runny honey in a bowl and added a little cumin,coriander,paprika and chili powder. Stirred in the nuts and spread them on baking parchment on a baking sheet. They had 10 minutes in a fairly hot oven,stirred them round and then another 10 minutes(though 5 minutes would have been better!)

I've enjoyed making things to fill the two baskets and thought I would do the same next year but of course we won't have the garden and all the wonderful fruit  BUT looking on the bright side I will have access to cheap stuff off Ipswich market and from Aldi and Asda.

Our estate agent rang our buyers to see if they knew about a moving date yet and it seems it will be mid March as they have to wait for access for some of the money they need. The weather men keep saying we are more likely to get snow at Easter than Christmas and Easter will be the weekend after moving so I rather hope they are not right.

Back Tomorrow
Sue







21 comments:

  1. The nuts look and sound rather yummy
    I have know it to snow mid April, so snow at Easter is not unusual!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  2. Those nuts look really delicious. Talking about the weather, it seems that we will see the snow not sooner the Easter) No snow on Christmas for 100% and maybe nos now even on New Year. Where is winter?

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  3. Will be trying these, we love our nuts,x

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  4. Will give those a go, they look delicious.

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  5. We do hampers for our daughters every year, at each solstice. Dried and preserved, also some organic meat.
    Those nuts look tempting.

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  6. You mentioned primroses, that is one thing I miss dreadfully living in Canada is primroses. I used to live in Kent, Farningham, and there were woods on the farm with primroses, violets, bluebells. Is it early for primroses where you are? Jean

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    1. yes, much too early - we have such mild weather here, I spotted daffodils pushing through too

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  7. ignore the weather men. They also said earlier this year that we WOULD have a white Christmas and here we are in practically tropical heat! Sort of ;o) Maybe they should stop using their crystal balls to predict as they aren't working very well!

    Ooh, they look really good. I must not even try to make them. I'd just eat the lot! :O)x

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    1. One or two nuts got a bit too singed to put in the hampers - luckily I was able to eat them!!

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  8. On my walk today, I kid ye not, I've seen daffodils in bud! I meant to take a photo but of course had no phone! Fingers crossed your buyers ( and I did miss that post with the news ) and you have a smooth no snow move!

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  9. What do I have to do to get on your hamper list, please? lol

    I lost all my snowdrop bulbs, but my Grape Hyacinth are already out in force.

    Forgot to say yesterday that I was shocked Kelly and Kevin from Grimsby didn't win.

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  10. I am stuffed after our xmas fuddle in our little team at work. Even those nuts wouldn't tempt me, for if I eat one more thing I shall explode like Mr Creosote

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  11. They look delicious. I'd be very pleased to be on the receiving end of one of your hampers.

    Mid-March will be here before you know it. Busy but exciting times ahead for you and Col in the New Year. xx

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  12. Ooooh those nuts look divine. I think I will have a go at those.
    It's really nasty here today and I have to out shortly for the fresh veg and salad. Ah well wellies and winter coat on. I won't melt.

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  13. Those nuts sound good. At least you have a rough idea of your moving date now and can sit tight over the winter. The time will soon pass.

    I have daffodils well up and saw some with well-grown buds on yesterday in someone's garden. I cam remember a warm Christmas like this back in the early 1980s when I was gardening in a t-shirt a week before Christmas. Then in 2010 we had a foot of snow on the ground on Christmas Day - and no central heating!

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  14. They look scrumptious. I bet they smell lovely too.
    Lisa x

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  15. Well that long property settlement has its advantages - a little longer to get organised

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  16. I have never thought of making my own snacking nuts. I do make pumpkin and squash seeds.

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  17. Here in Surrey there are clematis in bud and some flowering

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