Friday, October 09, 2015

Friday Question: CHESTNUTS

This past week, I bought and tasted my first ever, locally grown, chestnuts. So far, I've only eaten them raw and wow, so flippin' good.

Although, this very minute, there's a small batch roasting in the oven. I'll also try boiled and mashed. Along with chestnut flour, chestnut butter and chestnut frosting. But for now, I'm loving them raw. I tell ya, these little things are swing my feet under the kitchen table, good.

Friday Question: Do you like chestnuts? And if so, how do you like to eat them? Have you ever eaten them in stuffing? How about as a frosting? Anyone try chestnut butter? Or even chestnut mash?

PS: I think I finally stumped your asses in my earlier Friday Question. The answer: Ground hemp seeds.

A big tray of roasted flies for all who played.

38 comments:

  1. you have to be very careful picking them (when still in outer casing) They grow in thorn encrusted "seed-casings".... we have had foods (baked goods) made with the flour... Extra butter is good to use with them... Had roasted even boiled a time or two .... but that was years ago when I was younger...

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    1. Thanks. I'm excited to make them into flour. That is, if I can stop eating them raw, as that's still my top pick.

      Happy Halloween, Dr. Theda.

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  2. They're best raw, Kent where i live is famous for them.

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    1. I agree. Had them baked but raw, still gets my top pick. Very cool that where you live is famous for them.

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  3. I've not had them, as far as I know. There's a street vendor here who roasts them.

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    1. Street vendor, very cool. I promise, they don't taste anything like your worst enemy, the pecan.

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  4. Had to look them up, since I was pretty sure I'd never eaten any (although I know them from that song...). Yeah, I doubt I'd ever try them. Look like walnuts or similar, and I'm not a fan. I'm not a fan of most nuts. The flavor isn't that good for me to keep reliving it (since they get stuck in my teeth!).

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    1. Hi Stacy. Good news is, they don't taste anything like a walnut or really, any other nut. From what I learned they are a seed and a pretty yummy one at that.

      PS: Tim doesn't like walnuts either.

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  5. I don't think I have had them but maybe. I actually can't think of any nuts that I dislike so I am sure I would like them.

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    1. Hope you get to give them a go.

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  6. I love nuts! Especially almonds and chestnuts.
    I am a vegetarian, so nuts are a great way for me to get my fat and protein.

    Hey, I like your Halloween themed header!
    Happy three day weekend!!!!

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    1. Very pretty new picture, you've got. Glad to see you. Thanks for the header. It's not mine but I love it so much that I put it up again this year.

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  7. I've never had them and will be finding them now!

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    1. With you being a killer cook, I would love to see what you do with them, and if you like them raw, baked, roasted or boiled.

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  8. I don't know that I've ever eaten chestnuts. But I have a fond autumnal memory of them falling off chestnut trees and hitting our car parked underneath when we were in Italy a few years ago. Took us awhile to figure out what was hitting our vehicle.

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    1. That is very, very flippin' cool. Thanks for sharing this story. Did anyone crack one open for a taste?

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  9. I don't really eat chestnuts, I should try roasting some this season, as per the Christmas song!

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    1. All these year, I now understand the song.

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  10. I love chestnuts. Don't eat them raw. We always roasted them or, for stuffing, we boiled them. Made stuffing for the neck of the turkey which was basically just chestnut and butter, left lumps in it made it better. Always was my favourite stuffing.

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    1. I can see how leaving the lumps in would be delish. I'm seeing lots about stuffing. Sounds lovely.

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  11. I LOVE chestnuts. I've been eating them since I was a kid because it was something my parents enjoyed, too, and made whenever they were in season. As a matter of fact, my parents would cook a whole pot full (boil them) and we'd eat them while watching TV together. The best. The absolute best.

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    1. This is a great memory and one of the reasons, that I love doing Friday Questions. You guys write the best answers.

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  12. I love your beautiful Halloween banner, Ivy! Roasted chestnuts sound delicious! Everyone must love walking into your warm and inviting home filled with aromatic delights!

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie. It's not mine. Came from a puzzle that I own. You are funny when you write about your mom. Actually, you're funny all the time but your mom really puts it over the edge.

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  13. I've had chestnuts (roasted) one time. I wasn't a fan.

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    1. Raw is sooo much better. I think but not for everyone, for sure. Do you have a favorite nut or seed?

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  14. Chestnuts sound yummy. I have to be careful with nuts. I love them they don't love me.

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    1. These are from what I'm learning, actually seeds and contain far less oil than other nuts. They are good for the tummy. Not sure how they would work with you but for me, they are doing nicely.

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  15. I don't think I ever tried any. It's hard to find them outside of the holiday times

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    1. They just started to pop up, locally, here.

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  16. Never had them but I would try all of the above :)

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  17. When in Japan they will roast them and you can buy bag of them. They also come with the little finger pick that help you eat them.
    When living in California Daughter and I would buy two bags at the local Japanese Market and take them to the movies and eat them instead of popcorn
    I use the French Chestnut Cream in cooking and on toast. I used to order it.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. French Chestnut Cream sounds killer on toast. I'm going to make a chestnut butter, that is, if I have any left after eating them and making flour.

      Love that you girls would buy two bags. That is a good memory. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  18. Love them raw - Christmas tradition to have a big bowl of mixed nuts in the front room and shell them while watching telly. Then spend the rest of the holiday vacuuming up all the fragments of shell that get everywhere.

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    1. Raw, me too!

      My gram used to have a big bowl of nuts too, and always the same thing like you described. I love these kinds of memories. Thanks for sharing and hope next time, you get pictures of the food place that you talked about on your last walk.

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  19. I tried them once a long time ago and never liked them. I do, however, like pistachios, almonds and cashews.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in. Did you have them raw? Roasted? I am excited to make flour out of them.

      Love pistachioes, almonds and cashews, too. Good eats, for sure.

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