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Sorry there is so much "kissing" happening recently. I've discovered the "core ingredient with a hint of something else" approach. This one is a cashew spread as the core with a hint of sesame.

Throw 500 g of unsalted cashews into a blender. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, a touch of salt and a touch of honey (under add salt and honey - don't go over!). Blend.

Righteo - check the mix. How does it taste - need salt? need sweet? Correct the taste. Look at the consistency - it should be too dry at this stage. Add some sesame oil and blend again. Keep adding extras until perfect. Remember, sesame oil has a strong taste - swap back to olive oil if you need to.

In theory, this should never fail because you are adjusting to your personal taste. If it does fail, let me know and I will drown you in my very clsassy aquaponics set up! (just kidding - dead bodies add too much amonia to the water).

Dead simple, but cashews are expensive.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 8, 2013 at 0:46

Knowing the taste of almond (reasonably strong), I'd go the maple on that. 

I've re-thought the macadamia - Elaine is right.  Honey for sure. 


Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 7, 2013 at 12:35

Let's hope there is some left Valerie-Anne!

Comment by Valerie on September 7, 2013 at 8:51
In the meantimes you'll just have to share some at the next garden visit!
Comment by Valerie on September 7, 2013 at 8:51
Maybe we should start pantry visits ;-)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 7, 2013 at 7:21

Personally not much of a sweet tooth so I probably wouldn't use sweetener with nuts. Although honey-roasted Maccas are do die for. Dunno about this expertise, Andy ... an expert is someone who knows a lot about a little so eventually they know everything about nothing ;-)

Comment by Lissa on September 7, 2013 at 7:19


Does it keep well?

I won't move in, too many old dogs....I'll just come over for dinner, often.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 6, 2013 at 23:49

Oh Elaine - can you imagine how good Macadamia spread would be?  Not sure what I would kiss that one with?  My guess is - nothing!  Though I'd probably use Maple instead of honey to sweeten it.  

And you ladies would be welcome any day. You have more expertise than I can poke a stick at.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 6, 2013 at 22:08

Any other nuts you fancy will work, too. Andrew you do realise we are going to move in with you and Rozie - you eat much more adventurously than we do!

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