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My friend, Rita Barry, who will soon have a new book released, has shared another delicious easy recipe that is great with cocktails.

Spicy Almonds

1/2 lb (2 cups) organic almonds
1/2 tsp oil
1 tbsp naturally brewed soy sauce
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt

Gently heat the oil in a frying pan and then add the almonds.
Stir frequently for 3-4 minutes until the almonds are golden brown.
Remove pan from the heat, add soy sauce, cayenne pepper and salt, stir then return the pan to the stove.
Cook for a further 1-2 minutes until the sauce has covered the almonds, stir frequently.
Remove from the stove and leave to cool before serving.

This is a recipe, which has a Moorish feel about it, reminds me of the Andalucia region of Spain. The Moorish heritage is most visible around the Alhambra Palace area in Granada. The rich color of the soy sauce and the flavor of cayenne pepper bring together a delicious mix of tastes which make these almonds a great accompaniment to a glass of wine or cool fruit drink.

Tip: For a stronger flavor and a darker look, the naturally brewed soy sauce can be replaced with a dark soy sauce.

Brenda C. Hill
International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
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