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Re: Nuts!

Post by SophieC » Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:52

annie wrote:i made gianduja icecream a few weeks ago with toasted hazelnuts, and it was bloody gorgeous. i've been eating the leftover nuts ever since, and they're definitely my current favourite.
this glandular icecream sounds well grim.

nuts are alright sometimes. sometimes not. that was my exciting injection of bubbling red hot liquid opinion into this thread. THERE'S GOING TO BE AN OUTRAGE.

i favourite nut is the national union of teachers and the pea.
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Re: Nuts!

Post by Gordon » Thu Apr 03, 2008 13:04

You've got it backwards, man. The peanut is a pea, the pea is not a nut.

Why do crazy british people call peanuts 'monkey nuts'?

It's like calling a meatball eaten by a dog, a dogball. And it's not on.
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Re: Nuts!

Post by Mr Bear » Thu Apr 03, 2008 14:01

It'd be like calling a banana "monkeyfruit". Which I might have to start doing.

I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship with almonds - on the one hand the almond/olive oil/salt concoction that stolenwine mentioned earlier in the thread sounds bloody delicious, but on the other the skin of an almond really sets my teeth on edge, so I normally avoid them. I love a cashew though.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 03, 2008 14:12

What you need is an almond peeler.

Also, I'm not caving into this ridiculous thing of encouraging cashew liking. They're expensive and dumb.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Apr 03, 2008 15:29

squirrelboutique wrote:What you need is an almond peeler.
You've been watching too much Food Network.

I'd like to say that cracking nuts is so fucking satisfying. I, being a slave to the Puritan Work Ethic, like to work for my nuts. It's dead hard to get the meat out (I know the last two sentences could well get me in trouble out of context) but digging it out w/the little nut digger things is so fun. Walnuts are particularly pesky, but I like them way better freshly shelled. We call hazelnuts "filberts"--is that a yankee thing?

Cracking nuts is the one thing my family does on Thanksgiving that calms us and doesn't make me want to gouge my (and their) eyes out. It's like giving crocheting to the mentally challenged.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 03, 2008 15:31

I used to like cracking nuts at my dad's to ease holiday tension until I realized they've been using the same bowl of nuts for every holiday since like 1993.

Them shits are stale.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by jayen_aitch » Thu Apr 03, 2008 15:49

Cashews are delicious and I want them. Maybe it's better if others avoid them. More for me.

They might get less expensive if only I ate them too. Supply and demand.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 03, 2008 15:52

alongwalkhome wrote:
squirrelboutique wrote:What you need is an almond peeler.
You've been watching too much Food Network.
We call hazelnuts "filberts"--is that a yankee thing?
Is it even possible to watch too much Food Network? Geoff! Alton! Come on!

Also, yes, I think it might be a northern thing with the filbert business. I worked at a place that sold these things called Fudgie Filberts, and I believe they were made in Vermont.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Apr 03, 2008 17:21

squirrelboutique wrote:Also, yes, I think it might be a northern thing with the filbert business. I worked at a place that sold these things called Fudgie Filberts, and I believe they were made in Vermont.
Impressive! Have you ever considered becoming a nut historian??

I'm in agreement w/Ms. Snork. Cashews are DELICIOUS, esp. good n' salty. Like buttah!

My mom, brother, and I have a serious pistachio addiction. I don't buy them cuz I can't control myself. When I was a kid, my mom would only buy the ones that are dyed red so she could tell which one of us had gotten into her stash. Yes, literally caught "red handed."

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Re: Nuts!

Post by lynsosaurus » Thu Apr 03, 2008 18:52

did i say that brazil nuts were my favourite? i lied. pistachios are my absolute favourite. they're even nice when unsalted, but especially when salted. their shells are like little knives, though, little knives sent to ruin my fingers.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by schlump » Thu Apr 03, 2008 19:01

pistachios are my absolute favourite. they're even nice when unsalted, but especially when salted. their shells are like little knives, though, little knives sent to ruin my fingers.
did i say that brazil nuts were my favourite? i lied. pistachios are my absolute favourite. they're even nice when unsalted, but especially when salted. their shells are like little knives, though, little knives sent to ruin my fingers.
pistachios are THE BEST. part delicious nut snack, part satisfying finger-occupying activity. by the time you've gone through the procedure once, you're ready to start again, paining your fingers but pleasing your soul.

ALSO: in the past few years, nuts have been hi-jacked by the food-aimed-at-office-workers-fooled-by-healthy-snacks ... brigade. people. sometimes you just want to buy a big bag of nuts, because you're going to go home and spend all evening de-shelling pistachios while using the internet for recreation. and you can't get it anymore. it's all snack!size! lunch!packs! of perhaps six or seven nuts. lame.

when i amn't concerned with sweetness and afraid of sugar, i'm a big fan of honey roasting.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Apr 03, 2008 19:39

schlump wrote:i'm a big fan of honey roasting.
In a momentary fit of dyslexia, I read that as "fanny hosting."

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Re: Nuts!

Post by cuppie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 19:51

cashews are boss.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by squirrelboutique » Thu Apr 03, 2008 20:53

The rampant cashew jingoism on this forum is frightening.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by cuppie » Thu Apr 03, 2008 21:04

cashews are boss.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:42

squirrelboutique wrote:The rampant cashew jingoism on this forum is frightening.
Away with you and your blinkered cashew hatred. The people have spoken.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by Mr Bear » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:44

alongwalkhome wrote:
schlump wrote:i'm a big fan of honey roasting.
In a momentary fit of dyslexia, I read that as "fanny hosting."
To be honest I think it works as a euphemism for that.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by DefenderOfPants » Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:24

lynsosaurus wrote:i'm sorry, but the macadamia is just a poor man's brazil nut.
to be honest, i don't particularly care for them plain. but they're so good covered in chocolate. when i was a kid my aunt would sometimes send me and my sisters boxes of these from hawaii:
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as for brazil nuts, i never really liked them. along with filberts they are probably my least favourite. plus, they look like malformed almonds.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by Stoof » Sun Apr 06, 2008 18:43

I like to crush cashews and put them in stir fry or throw them into a pot of rice with some raisins, garam masala, and a bit of hot chili paste.

I hate walnuts passionately. They taste like mold.
squirrelboutique wrote:I used to like cracking nuts at my dad's to ease holiday tension until I realized they've been using the same bowl of nuts for every holiday since like 1993.

Them shits are stale.
It's pretty bad when you can crumble open an almond with your fingers. My mum insists on trotting out this stupid little nutcracker (you know, the little guy with the giant jaw) and then we all have to watch as she labours to crack some nuts for us with that idiot contraption.

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Re: Nuts!

Post by Gordon » Sun Apr 06, 2008 20:58

You can crush walnuts by squeezing two together in your hand. It's fun and exciting.
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