Off on a little ski vacation with the family this week as the kids enjoy their February break from school, so today's post will be short and sweet.
Yes, it's a powder day!
Knowing how lousy airline food has become, we NEVER plan on eating on planes when we travel, preferring instead to take our chances of finding something decent while on the ground during layovers. To tide us over on long flights I like to bring along a zip-lok full of some healthy treat like these delicious nuts. Everyone loves them, so much so in fact, that a few minutes after breaking them out we have people in adjacent seats craning their necks to see what we have, and asking the cabin crew if they can have what we're having. Yeah….keep dreaming, people.
This recipe is one we make annually for our culinary goodie bags we give to friends and family over the holidays, and is a slight variation of a recipe I found in the great cookbook Party Nuts! written by my friend Sally Sampson, founder and Director of Chop Chop Magazine. The original recipe calls for using raw nuts and roasting them, but for time's sake we always buy roasted (unsalted) nusts and just toss all the ingredients in a bowl, seasoning to taste. They get their distinctive flavor from the middle eastern spice mix za'atar, which you can find at Penzey's or Kalustyan's. You're gonna love these!
Cheers – Steve
- 1 cup shelled and roasted whole almonds, unsalted
- 1 cup shelled and roasted whole pistachios, unsalted
- 1- 1 1/2 tablespoons EVOO
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried greek oregano
- 1 tablespoon za'atar
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- Toss all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to incorporate. Taste and adjust seasonings as you see fit. Store in an air-tight container, or bring on a plane in a zip-lok bag to be the envy of all those around you.