Could have been a free form apple and peach tart. but snow was having tea and scones. so i decided to fill the ever expanding void with a version of union square cafe spiced nuts a la nigella lawson. toast nuts in olive oil, sea salt, cumin, hot paprica, maybe a bit of brown sugar and chilli…coat nuts therein thereof until they look like you want one.
Void remains…with occasional stabbing pains in the stomach but mainly thirstiness…All for you ralphie.
once upon a time on a beach in alicante an old woman asked i could help her in the water. she didnt know how to swim and wanted someone aimless and with a significant amount of time on their hands to hold her hands while she kicked about. an offer i couldnt refuse. her gratitude came in the form of some severely and sublimely salted almonds. the gift economy at work. they tasted like spain, the mediterranean, the sun and well-being (which apparently, for those wondering, tastes very salty.) here is the closest i can get to the little golden, oval shaped nuggets of happiness…flowery rhetoric maybe but they taste like paradise.
500g blanched almonds
best sea salt
put almonds on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. its more of a smattering than a sprinkling. cover is probably the best words. toss to combine and put in pre-heated oven at 180 degrees until golden brown. it will probably require a second or third salting when you take it out of the oven and then lay flat on paper towel to remove any excess oil. heaven.