It’s 2:30 am and I’m up.
No, I didn’t go out last night.
No, I didn’t just wake up and can’t go back to sleep.
No, I didn’t stay up all night watching Law & Order: SVU reruns. (so addicting!)
Instead, I’ve been html-ing my new blog set up for the past hmm… well going on 5 hours now, and I’m almost blogged out for the day.
With all this computer work and a messy kitchen, I didn’t feel much like cooking or spending any money. Or putting forth much of an effort to feed myself though I was starving. Hey, it’s Friday.
Good thing I had a bag of eat-me-asap spicy greens mix, blue cheese, shallots, and leftover homemade herb cherry tomato chips.
Oh yeah, I had some walnuts too. And a bit of sugar, water, cinnamon, allspice, salt and a grate of nutmeg.
In 10 minutes flat I had this:
Now I don’t like to brag, and I especially don’t brag about salads because, come on, are you really gonna believe me that a salad is they best thing you’ve ever had? Well, this wasn’t the best thing, but it was phenomenal. As in ridiculously good. Every.single.bite.
Even my husband (who HATES blue cheese) had a taste and kept coming back for more.
Sweet spiced crunchy walnuts balance the pungent cheese while shallots and herb tomatoes glow in the background under the drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Nothing too overpowering, everyone plays their part.
It was splendid!
If you aren’t into salads, I hear the candied walnuts are pretty good on their own. They were all gone by the time I made it back to the kitchen.
1/2 c. raw walnuts, halves
1/4 c. raw sugar
1/8 c. water
1/4 tsp cinnamon
~1/8 + tsp allspice
1/4 tsp salt
pinch grated nutmeg
1. Pre-heat toaster oven to 350 degrees (or use frying pan on low heat) and toast nuts until fragrant, about 5-8 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
2. In a saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and heat on med-low until the sugar has melted, mix to combine, remove from heat.
3. Add the toasted walnuts to the sugar mixture and evenly coat everything. Lay out pieces to cool on parchment paper.
Enjoy or salad or by the handful!
Tags: Blue cheese, candied, Cinnamon, Salad, Tomato, Walnuts