This week I learned there are some asshats in this world who are blind to the beauty of a simple salad. Instead, they will belittle you in public and insist on complicating their meals with expensive foreign cheeses (really.. in this economy!) but friends, these snobs are dead wrong. because all the most attractive chefs agree: delicious food doesn't always have to be mad complicated, as long as it's tasty. so, i will continue to post simple recipes (see below) just to spite you.
The other day i was searching around for snackies and i found half a bag of Natural Raw Almonds (NRA?) in my cupboards. i guess i was on a 2 second health kick when i bought them - le pivik does that to me sometimes... anyways, these plain almonds were kinda boring me so i got the idea to candify them! like candied almonds you get at fairs? i was slightly unsure how to go about this and kinda burnt them on the 1st attempt :/ but i'll take that as proof that im not a carnie? the 2nd try was much more successful. or at least they were eaten up by the roomie and guest. and me.
1 1/2 cups natural raw almonds
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1. Mix your water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a pot and bring to a boil.
2. Once the mixture is boiling, pour in the almonds, lower the heat to medium, and stir stir stir! if you don't stir constantly it will probably burn the almonds and/or ruin your pot . . .
3. Its kinda fun to watch the sugar in action (like chem class!) as it caramelizes then dries out again. At this point you want to stir your concoction just a while longer so the sugar slightly melts again.
4. Spread the almonds out onto a baking sheet to cool for a few minutos. if the almonds aren't roasted to your liking - just pop them in the oven (@350) for a bit, just watch that they don't burn...