Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Candied Walnuts and Musicals

Today was our Special Ed lunch at school. I was in charge of the salad. Wanting to make a salad that was good and good for us, I opted to have fresh spinach, leaf lettuce, madarin oranges, green onions, feta cheese, and candied walnuts. I took one of our many bags of walnuts and candied them this morning before going to school. Here is the recipe.

Put half as much sugar as walnuts in a heavy sauce pan. I used 1/2 cup walnuts for this particular tutorial so I used 1/4 cup sugar.

Place pan over medium heat. Stir sugar until it melts and turns an amber color.

Remove from heat and pour in walnuts. Stir quickly until all nuts are coated with the melted sugar.

Place on a plate or pan, break apart and sprinkle with sea salt.
It's so simple. You just need to keep stirring the sugar so it doesn't burn. A word to the wise,(or not so wise) don't use anything plastic; spoon, rubber scraper, etc. The sugar gets extremely hot and will melt the plastic. I found out the hard way - had to throw out a whole batch this morning when I discovered, midway, that the plastic serving spoon I was stirring with, was half gone!
You can use the candied walnuts in a salad, sprinkle over ice cream, use in a parfait or just snack on them.

One more thing. My husband loves musicals, especially if it's a black and white. He prides himself in knowing the songs and teaches them to the kids and grandkids.
Here's C8 singing the latest classic.
Do you know the name of the song and the movie?

If you're having a hard time figuring it out, here's a link that will take you to the answer! Oh yeah, nothing but class, here!.


Julie Harward said...

I haven't a clue...but the salad sounds wonderful! Have a good valentines weekend..come say hi :D

Valerie said...

Reading your blog is better than cupcakes and chocolate milk! And healthier too :)
That salad sounds delish...wish I wasn't the only salad lover in my family. Iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing is adventuresome as my crew gets.
That IS a classy song! Does she know "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum"? My dad taught me the chorus to that when I was ranks right up there in classiness too!

The Garden of Egan said...

Sounds like a nummy salad! Thanks for the instructions on how to make the candied walnuts, I love them. I imagine you could put cinnamon in if you wanted couldn't you?

Yvonne said...

I love salads, and that one sounds delicious. Thanks for the tutorial, and, of course, the warning because I'm sure I would have used something plastic.

What a cutie in your video.

Joycee said...

The salad sounds delish, but for the life of me I can't figure out the song! Is she singing in French??? Happy Valentine's weekend...

Kazzy said...

After going to the YouTube video and then coming back to C8 I totally heard it! How cute is that?

And I love to candy almonds, but have never done walnuts. I will have to try it!

Christine Jensen said...

Yummy! And C8 sounds too cute!

Kristina P. said...

Sounds so yummy!

Small House said...

YUM....They seve candied walnuts on a raspberry salad at the top of the Joseph Smith memorial building. Is the restaurant called The Garden Room? Can't remember. ANYWAY...they are delicious. Now I can make my own. YIPPY!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Connie, I have missed you! I am trying to get back into the swing of things with all that has been going on. I hope everything is well with you. These look delicious and will be something I am going to make! So yummy! Wishing you a very Happy Valentines day!

Hugs and love,

wendy said...

Sounds like such a wonderful totally delicious salad.

Camille said...

I'm partial to the singer!
And tattooed ladies.

Jenny said...

Can you do this with Almonds? I want to make this salad recipe it calls for sugared almonds.