Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Roasted Chestnuts with Cardamon Tea



Its chestnut season, these wonderful nuts are lovely this time of year many of us enjoy them on a city street roasted and of course the words chestnuts roasting on an open fire spring to mind. I had eaten them in various cities. I had never tried roasting them at home after a chat on the Chow and Chatter facebook page I decided it was time, and made slits in the skin as Paul mentioned if you don't they will explode!

Chestnuts are the only nut containing vitamin C they are also a good source of  copper, and a very good source of Manganese. About a 100 years ago the American chestnut tree was wiped out by a virus and its only recently through dedication and hard work coming back.





Ingredients:

  • one cup of chestnuts
  • a baking sheet 
  • cookie sheet
Method:

  1. make a cross shape score in each chestnut with a sharp knife
  2. bake at 400 for about 20 minutes until you see the skin starting to peel
  3. allow to cool and peel 
  4. these made a great mid afternoon snack with a cup of cardamon tea (this was simple tea I brewed with a couple of cardamom pods added) 




Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, its boxing day today in the UK where I am from, so folks are of work apparently its a day boxes would be given from bosses to their staff with bonus's or gifts for a year of good work, as they had more than likely worked on Christmas day they were given the next day of to visit their families. These days its a huge shopping day equivalent to the after thanksgiving sales here in the US.

Some folks even take a very chilly dip on boxing day for charity,  wearing fancy dress. Here's a clip of some super brave folks :-)









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35 comments:

  1. what nice Rebecca! two of my favorites: cardamom and chetnuts!! sounds delicious!!!x

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  2. vitamin C..didn't realize that.
    Love mom's helper :)

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  4. My mother just gave me roasted chestnuts! I will have to make some tea to go with them! What perfect timing of your post! Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a great holiday season!!!
    Kat
    www. agirlandherfood.com

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  5. What a delicious combination, Rebecca! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes to you for a very happy 2013!

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  6. My husband loves Roasted Chestnuts! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you and your family, Rebecca!

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  7. I still find chestnuts really exotic :D I don't think I have ever used them

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. i bet you could bake something really good with them

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  8. I have never had chestnuts but you make them sound like fun.

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  9. I haven't roasted chestnuts for a while, By the way cardamom tea is my favorite.

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  10. This looks delicious. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Gloria! :)

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  11. Ooh, yum. I love chestnuts, but I only have them once a year for Christmas.

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    1. i think they are very seasonal too thanks for stopping by

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  12. Love both roasted and boiled chestnuts,loving that tea cup too.

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  13. Chestnuts are one of my favorite foods, but it's hard to find them and recipes in which to use them. This is a great recipe for simply roasting them. Such a great, healthy snack!

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    1. thanks here are some idea's soup, risotto on salad :-)

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  14. I thought the chestnuts were supposed to go pop, pop, pop! :) haha! I tried making them at home last year, but they were better when I had them on the street in London! It was probably the chill in the air! BTW super brave is not what I'd call them folks :)

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    1. he he yep maybe silly and I think I like them better in london tea ha

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  15. Totally love chestnuts, and the tea looks and sounds WONDERFUL!

    BTW, sent you an email about 'an email that supposedly came from you'. Lots of love

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