Spiced candied nuts (GF)
This might sound silly, of course he has many sides to him, every person does. But as a parent to watch these sides, features, his character grow and evolve is like seeing magic.
I wish we adults could still evolve like that. I wish that we could still swing between being social and anti-social, between being quiet and loud and between being shepherds or flock. Because truly, is there really a reason why we have to be either or?
And isn't it amazing to watch your child being so undecided about things? One day he thinks pepper is the best invention in the world and the next day he tells me "I like to eat pepper not".
One day he is a 3 year old toddler and another day he is a 3 year old grown enough to "do it on my own". I want to be like that as well. I want just sometimes to be a grown up, but wish and change and have no borders like a child.
He does in the end knows which one he wants, pepper, tantrum, minnie poohs (Winnie the Pooh) and not Mickey Mouse and chocolate above all. Yes, with that one he is decided.
I still don't know if he is a leader type, a social type, an out-spoken one. To be honest, it does worry me sometimes, but just because I want him to be happy, however and whoever he is. And I know that I only have these thoughts and worries because I am a complicated mother to a boy who has no doubts about who he is, simply because he doesn't need to know. And because he doesn't waste his time being complicated like his mother!
This is another recipe adapted from my friend Renata's recipe. Wish life could be as simple as sitting and eating too much candied nuts.
4 cups of mixed nuts (I used cashew nuts, almonds and hazelnuts)
2 egg whites
1tsp ground ginger
1/2tsp black pepper
1/4tsp chili powder
In a pot, warm the honey and the spices till the honey is more runny and will be easier to work with.
Beat the egg whites till thick.
Add the nuts to the egg whites and start folding. Half way through add the honey and spices and using a spatula fold till all the nuts seem to be covered with the egg whites and honey.
Spread the nuts on the two baking trays, they need to be quite spread out and not piled on each other.
After 10 minutes in the oven mix and separate the nuts on each tray, and even though it's going to look like it's not working, return to the oven. The first time I made them I thought I will end up with a nut omelette...
Now you need to watch them carefully. You can mix them a couple more times so they don't get too dark on one side.
They are ready when they don't feel too sticky and soft anymore but not too dark, of course (it took me 15 minutes more). Take them out of the oven and let them cool on the trays. If they are still too sticky you can always return them to the oven for a few more minutes. They suppose to be separated, not stick to each other.
Keep in a closed container.