Crisps are usually my snack of choice, but I do occasionally switch to a nut-based option. Nice as they are salted cashews are now a bit ubiquitous, so I thought I'd make something a little different when snacks were required this weekend.
These walnuts and pecans flavoured with chilli and thyme are incredibly simple to make but very tasty. It's probably a bit much to call the below a recipe, as you can adjust any of the amounts or the type of nut as you see fit.
Recipe (enough for one generous snacking portion)
Handful of walnut halves
Handful of pecan halves
1 tbsp olive oil
Around 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Around 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
Around 1/2 tsp coarsely ground salt
A few grinds of black pepper
Heat up the oil in a small frying pan until it's warm (but not seriously hot). Throw in the nuts and toast over a medium heat for a couple of minutes, and then add in all the other flavourings. Keep things moving around in the pan until the walnuts have changed colour to a golden brown. This should take about six or seven minutes, but do not leave the pan alone as the nuts will inevitably catch and burn. When they're done, scoff while making hi-larious jokes about hot, salty nuts!