Hip & Humble?

Can one be both hip and humble? Is it possible to carry the latest Chloe bag and not be seen as vain? Can one be sporting the latest Chanel le Vernis in black pearl and not be seen only as a hipster? Iced latte in one hand, and peanut free, gluten free, everything free pastry in the other hand…

But behold the lowly peanut. Often touted as a poor man’s food and the butt of many disparaging jokes; it is a humble food. It usually doesn’t take center stage in cooking, used more often to highlight the main flavor. It is most oft reduced to the bottom of the bowl when around it’s peers as the pecans, almonds, and walnuts get picked first. It’s nickname is Goober Bean. How can one not be humble with that moniker?

Despite it’s humble origins though, the lowly peanut packs a lot of nutrition. And how hip isn’t it to be amping up the nutritional power of what we’re ingesting these days. It’s a saucy little number that sneaks up on you in au current cuisine; when is the last time you went to the latest hipster joint and didn’t see some reincarnation of the classic PB&J sandwich?

Spice up the lowly legume, let it take center stage…

Put on your chuck taylors and own that “it” bag.

Hip & humble.

No problem.

Mexican Chili Lime Peanuts

Source: me and a mish-mash of the internet, inspired by snacks at Joe Jack’s Fish Shack (The hip place in PV ~ but no worries. You can show up straight from the beach in Havaianas.)

  • 4 C unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper or pure chili powder (as in chilies you have ground to a powder. NOT the chili powder you would add to chili. It doesn’t have enough heat and is really a mixture of chilies, oregano, etc)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • Combine everything and place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring half way through.
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1 rounded tsp sugar
  • 1 rounded tsp kosher salt
  • Combine rubbing the zest into the sugar and salt with your fingers.
  • Sprinkle over the peanuts once they’re removed from the oven.
  • Store the nuts in an airtight container. If they get a little soggy after time, put them back in the oven for about 15 minutes at 250 degrees.
  • Enjoy the humble but hip-ly spicy peanuts with a Dos Equis and pretend you’re someplace tropical!

 

 

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