Buy raw hazelnuts, de-skin and roast, use in recipe. One might think it would be straight-forward and fuss-free. One would, as I quickly found out, sadly, be wrong.
After buying raw hazelnuts a couple of weeks ago, they’ve been languishing in my pantry looking balefully at me every time I open the cupboard and reach unerringly for something else. Deciding that I had better get a move on with experimenting with my list of hazelnut-based recipes before the nuts decided to revolt entirely (read go stale), I opened the bag and decided to see what I could make with them.
Since most recipes that include hazelnuts call for them to be skinless and roasted, I began to do just that. (Skinless, because their skins are bitter, and roasted, because this brings their oils out and increases their flavour immensely.) And immediately discovered how difficult it is to try and peel the skins off the darn things! Continue reading →
If you missed my last post, it may be news to you that I just got married. I absolutely love weddings – it’s essentially a great party where families and friends from all sorts of places get together, you meet lots of new (generally) wonderful people, and eat, drink, laugh, dance and have a great time surrounded by said people.
That being said, when you have a pile of visa paperwork, your other half gets a promotion, and you’re kind of on your own with most of both your families living far away and you need to plan your wedding (besides venue and dress) in about three weeks, life can get a little crazy. But one must eat. And being food-lovers, we ate. A lot. Turning to food for comfort in stressful times is a common practice, although seriously not recommended, especially before your wedding! I’m still surprised I managed to fit into my dress! Continue reading →