When I got home, I decided to resist the urge to find a cool pillow and a dark room; but I knew I wasn't up for anything complicated. When perusing drawers in the refrigerator the other day, I noticed I had an abundant supply of various nuts. So today was for simple things that could be done relatively quickly and use nuts: pesto and cocoa granola (not together, of course).
|Feeling nutty: Almonds in three forms, walnuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts. |
The pine nuts are stashed out of sight, and I think I have some pistachios hidden in my baking cabinet.
Much to my dismay, I'm out of pecans.
I still hadn't managed to get the cocoa granola to my liking and it's not complicated, so I figured I give that a round three. Closer, but not quite. This time I bumped up the cocoa a little, used blanched, slivered almonds and honey. It's still missing something. I think I want it to be a bit more salty. In this batch, I used some French grey sea salt. I think next time I'll go with kosher salt. The grey sea salt seems to like to stick to itself (vanity is so unattractive) so one bite may be really salty and the next seems to be entirely salt free. I think the kosher salt will distribute more evenly.
So for a day I had pretty much written off as useless, I managed to get two recipes made (and one more to go for dinner) and even get a few loads of laundry done. Not bad. Not bad at all.