And they are very versatile. As mentioned in a previous post I am shelling and freezing the nuts as there are so many manky ones this year, that way I will know exactly how many I have. Freezing seems to have no great effect on the nut and they retain all the moisture which freshly fallen nuts have. My first taste of our own nuts last year was a revelation, they taste nothing like those you buy in Tesco in plastic packets.
|A tray in front of the telly|
|These go to the chickens, anything discoloured or with little residents. They need lots of goodness at this time of the year when moulting|
|The others are sorted into halves and bits ready for the freezer|
Firstly they can be used for snacks. As well as eating them straight, they can be candied, toffeed, salted, spiced and added to fudge and toffee for gifts. They are great with breakfast, either on muesli or classically with Greek (or Bulgarian) yoghurt and drizzled with honey. For elevensies there is cake, coffee and walnut or date and walnut being a favourite here, but good in sultana cake or any thing you fancy. A nice lunch at this time of the year is a salad with blue cheese, figs and walnuts. Can be added to coleslaw and any other salady things. Cheese and walnut biscuits...or bread, delicious and almost a meal on it's own.
|Coffee and walnut cake|
|Cheese and walnut bread|
They are very useful for main meals too. I use them with cheese and breadcrumbs to make sausages and keep a stash in the freezer. They can be added to mashed beans and onion to make 'meatballs', or again sausages, burgers or scotch eggs. They make a great pesto, I use chopped walnuts, land cress or wild garlic, garlic and cheese, whizzed up with oil and frozen in blobs ready for a quick pasta or spread on pizza base instead of tomatoes. One of my favourite quick suppers is pasta with chopped walnut, garlic, olive oil and lemon zest. Yum.
|Scotch eggs with bean and walnut 'sausage meat'|
|With home made aioli|
And for pudding, I use them ground instead of almonds in fig and walnut tart. Lovely. And stuffed into apples with dates and brown sugar. But I really shouldn't make puds.
There must be so many other ways of using them, when I run out of ideas I will be googling...............