Valentine’s day the non conventional way!

I secretly still love getting a card on Valentine’s day. However, Emmet (my husband) and I are not into the whole commercial event that Valentine’s day has evolved into. In the past I have usually fed my husband’s obsession for graphic novels by contributing to his vast collection. I couldn’t face adding to the ever growing mountain of books and although I mentioned we’re not into the commercial aspect of Valentine’s day, box of chocs and dinner for two, we are romantic and look for different ways to celebrate. So this year I decided to make him Spicy Nuts!!!

As I type this the Bee Gees are serenading me with How Deep Is Your Love, very cheesy!!

Anyway, I digress, Emmet my husband does not have a sweet tooth AT ALL, so when I looked up recipes for spicy nuts most of them were sweet and spicy which wouldn’t have worked,  so I came up with my own variation. I was prepared to throw the entire batch out and start again if necessary however, to my delight they turned out perfectly.

So this is my version and it is very spicy. ;O)


  • 300g mixed nuts/seeds (I used almonds, both blanched and with skin, hazelnuts, cashews and pumpkin seeds or whatever you have)
  • 1 generous tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp cayenne chilli pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt


Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas 4.

Spread the nuts evenly onto a baking tray. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes, checking regularly and shaking the tray to ensure that they cook evenly and don’t burn.

In the meantime, melt the butter over a gentle heat and add all the spices and chopped rosemary, keeping about half of the salt back so you can use to sprinkle over the finished nuts.

Once the nuts are cooked transfer to a bowl and coat evenly with the buttery, spicy mixture. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the remaining salt.

These nuts are delicious served warm however, they are equally tasty served cold. And I’m told work very well with an ice cold Erdinger Schneeweisse, snow beer.

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3 Responses to Valentine’s day the non conventional way!

  1. I love spicy mixed nuts, especially when they have some heat and some rosemary. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Malou says:

    Hmmm…definitely something for me to try. I’m curious about the salty and sweet combination plus the spices. I normally make sugar coated peanuts so your recipe is something very new to me. Can’t wait to try it. 😉

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