It has by no means been a obstacle-free week. For example:
- opened and used a can of black beans and then looked a the label only to discover that it contained sugar. I like to think I'm a pretty consistent label reader but this one caught me totally off guard. Why is sugar added to beans?
- foraging after a party at the parents' house this weekend and took a big old bite of flank steak only to realize within seconds that it had been marinated in soy sauce (contains wheat); that didn't stop me from taking 3 or 4 more bites; it took me that long to wrestle myself away from it.
- could not eat my smoked paprika chicken without what I call special sauce (mayo, ketchup, dijon mustard) and said a fond farewell to ketchup (contains sugar) as a part of that mix; know that I will be experimenting with making my own ketchup just so I can keep making the special sauce.
Thank goodness in all of this for Elana over at elanaspantry.com. She's been keeping me sane. She's also been keeping me cooking. In the last few days, I've made her chocolate chip cookies, her almond butter blondies, her cod piccata, and her smoked paprika almonds. All were yummy, but the smoked paprika almonds were fragrant and smoky and hot. I tested them out on Meg's clan and got rave reviews.
I modified the recipe a bit because I'm not a spicy hot fan. You should know though that any recipe that starts with fresh garlic and smoked paprika is going good places.
from Elana at elanaspantry.com2 tablespoons olive oil2 cloves garlic3 cups raw almonds2 teaspoons smoked paprika1 teaspoon celtic sea salt1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat2. Add garlic to the skillet and saute for 3-5 minutes, until the garlic is almost brown3. Add smoked paprika and salt and stir to make a paste4. Add the almonds and stir constantly until they are thoroughly coated5. Continue toasting almonds in the skillet until they are fragrant, about 5 minutes6. Remove from heat and allow the nuts to cool in the pan7. Serve
They actually made me think of popcorn too. There was this delicious, toasty smell wafting through my house the rest of the night and I ate more almonds than should likely be consumed in one four-hour period.
Easy, fast and you may not be able to stop at just one!