A friend of mine left the U.S. of A to spend a year in Europe. Along with her essentials of books and clothes, she filled/stuffed her bags with a variety of food-stuffs. Lots and lots of food-stuff. I was deeply curious to discover what the contents of these food-stuff-bags were. As my friend pulled each item out of the suitcase, I saw bags of brightly coloured, odd-shaped puffy things, which were called cheetos, followed by boxes of powered stuff, a range of (to me) non-recognisable things, bags of chocolate chip cookies (ok, this I can certainly relate to) and then a package of sliced bread.
I watched and said nothing, and watched again.
My first reaction when I saw the bread was to scream out “but Germany has some of the best breads in the world. Why would you bring sliced bread to Europe from the USA?!?!?” But, I refrained from any comment at all.
As I saw my friend take out each item, I realised that it was not only about the food itself. These items were my friend’s way of keeping in touch with her home. These were symbols of that, which she had grown up with, and was used to. These items offered her a great degree of comfort, and I could see it in her face as she spoke about them. She excitedly offered me one of those bright orange things, and although I was highly reluctant to take it, I was overcome by my friend’s excitement in wanting to share with me something clearly special to her. I only took a tiny bite, but I was happy that my friend was willing to share with me, a bit of her comfort!
When I arrived home, I was infected with a desire for a crunchy, healthy snack. I had some almonds in my closet and decided to make some maple roasted almonds with with paprika/Chili.
This was my bit of comfort!
I love experimenting with almonds because they are so versatile. You can play with a variety of flavors when roasting them. And to top it off, almonds are extremely healthy, contain 90 percent unsaturated fat (the good kind) are alkaline forming foods, packed with protein, contain vitamin E and calcium are known for their alti-anti-inflammatory properties and much much more.
So, this was my treat that day: I hope that you enjoy it too!!!