While this is the motto of the Boy Scouts, it’s also something my parents instilled in me as I was growing up. For instance, my mom always had everything you could possibly need in her purse from band aids and tissues to breath mints and stain remover. No matter what the need, you could be sure an answer was in her purse.
We also had a “safety” plan for every possible emergency from fires to strangers, and as I got older we had an escape plan for parties should they get “out of hand” or make me “uncomfortable.” Then when I went away to college mom gave me a stash of what she called, “mad money,” to be reserved for emergencies. Of course we disagreed on what constituted an emergency – I thought bar money and a train ticket to see Mike were certainly valid situations.
My dad also imparted his preparedness wisdom too – make sure to get regular oil changes, keep a safety kit in the car, remember teenage boys have hormones (My response to dad – “So do teenage girls.” I’m amazed he ever let me out of the house after that.), never walk alone at night…the list goes on.
So where am I going with this flashback to preparedness? Well, in our last post we introduced our Uzbek sugar-coated almonds. In this post, we’re going to share our recipe for Spicy Maple Walnuts. Simply put, you will want a preparedness plan. The sweet nuts and the spicy nuts on their own are dangerous; but when combined, let’s just say you’ve been warned and I can’t be held responsible for what happens next.
My friend Beth shared this recipe with us many years ago and we still make them at the holidays today. We started by gathering our ingredients: butter, maple syrup, fresh ginger, ground ginger, salt and cayenne pepper.
Now while it’s extremely tempting to pop a few in your mouth right of the oven – resist the urge. The sugar glaze is HOT. So while the walnuts cooled, we minced up some crystallized ginger. Mr. N is a big fan. At our cooking class a few weeks ago he ate nearly a bowl of the stuff (he was the only kid in class to like it too!).
How did they rank? Well, like I said, you’ll want a plan. These easily garner 4 spoons from Mike and I, and even Mr. N gave them 4 spoons. Miss A wasn’t really a big fan of the spicy nuts. She prefers her sugar
These nuts are a fantastic contrast to the sugary almonds and when combined are downright divine. They are definitely spicy – but not in a mouth-on-fire kind of way, more in a happy-little-zingy way. Mike has already asked me to put them out of his sight. His willpower is greatly diminishing.
So, our preparedness plan? We’re having friends over tonight and these nuts will be served (alongside ChgoJohn’s Brie en Croute). Then we’ll serve the rest at Christmas. In the meantime, they will all be hidden under lock and key.
Now before I round out the post, I want to say thank you to the Fairy Hobmother who hails from the land of Appliances Online where you can find the “Best Washing Machine.” She found me over at Kay’s Pure Complex and graciously sent me an Amazon gift certificate. If you’d like to be visited by the Fairy Hobmother, just leave a comment in this post and perhaps you’ll receive a generous surprise as well – and at this time of year, who wouldn’t want an Amazon surprise?!
Now let’s start our weekends! And should you feel up to going a little nuts you can print the recipe here:
Spicy Maple Walnuts.