Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Novelty nuts: the charm of chestnuts

Happy new year, blogosphere friends! :)
I'm back from my fun-filled christmas vacation. Can't wait to write stories and post photos about my break. Meanwhile, a friend of mine would like to share some information about chestnut. 
If you are interested, feel free to click the links below. :)

"The festive season brings some unusual ingredients into the kitchen, the chestnut being a prime example. The fruits of the chestnut tree are harvested in October and will last a few weeks in chilled storage. Fresh chestnuts can be easily dried or frozen for future use. Despite this, chestnuts remain an exotic ingredient outside the Christmas season. In fact they are a healthy food option: low in fat, high in fibre and a good source of Vitamin C. They also adapt well to both sweet and savoury dishes.
Nigella Lawson has repeatedly included chestnut dishes in her cookbooks. Her most recent publication, Nigellissima, contains a recipe for No Churn Chestnut Ice Cream. And Jamie Oliver has shown that chestnut dishes don’t have to be time consuming: his new book, Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, features a recipe for Squash Soup with Sagey Chestnut Dumplings.
In the winter months, chestnuts become a street food; a paper bag of freshly roasted chestnuts can provide warmth and nourishment when you need to refuel during a Christmas shopping trip. It’s easy to roast chestnuts at home and fill your house with a delicious festive aroma.
Part of the appeal of the chestnut is its delectable colour. Chestnut is a classic shade for autumn and winter, suggestive of richness, luxury and warmth. Who can resist a pair of chestnut-brown suede boots? The range of Rocket Dog boots at Very.co.uk includes some lovely options.
Or if you are looking for a fresh hair colour, chestnut is a versatile choice. Chestnut hair dye is available in many shades to flatter a variety of skin tones. Subtle highlights in chestnut will add spice and texture to brunette hair.
British cuisine will embrace the chestnut in the coming months. If you find yourself craving a chestnut after Christmas, seek out a gourmet sweet treat: Continental suppliers produce crème de marron (sweet chestnut puree) and marrons glacés (candied chestnuts) all year round.
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