Day 353: Meringue Walnuts


My name is Julie and I have a Nutella problem.

Evidence of my use: spoons scattered all over the house. Chocolate drips on my chin. Mike is planning an intervention if he ever finds a secret stash down behind the dryer.

Today I took over traffic on the Homestretch, and it was brutal. More so for everyone out driving than for me of course, but imagine 3 solid hours of answerinng calls, taking notes from people in their cars and tracking police and city websites for collisions and other incidents, trying to organize all the info (although I kept checking them I had around 20 messages on the machine at all times, most of which I didn’t get to until after the show; sorry if one of them was you) into a cohesive traffic report with all the directions and intersections and streets and avenues right and go into the studio to do a new one about every 7 minutes. Traffic reporters are on the ball, let me tell you. Food is so much more my thing than traffic. I’m just not as passionate about a stalled vehicle blocking the off ramp from northbound 14th St. onto eastbound Glenmore.

Since the show airs until 6 it was impossible for me to get home much before 7, so a goodly wife I was not – plus I had a lot to prep for my healthy holiday food segment on Global tomorrow morning. So leftovers it was – the last of a noodle casserole I made the other day (it must have been for lunch) to use up the last of those salmon chunks, which originally had been marinated in maple syrup, soy sauce, lime juice, ginger and garlic and were quite flavourful on their own.

I decided to use it instead of tuna in a tuna-style casserole; really all I did was cook up some noodles while I made a quick sauce out of butter, flour and milk, added the salmon chunks and some frozen peas, poured it over the noodles and topped it with grated cheese and baked it. A good use of leftover salmon, I think. Maybe even better than tuna. So the last of it went into a little baking dish and into the toaster oven to reheat.

These nuts I used to make all the time, then one day I took a sabbatical from them. But do you remember how last winter I was smitten with hazelnuts? This year it’s walnuts. Which should not, by the way, ever be bitter – if they are, they are rancid. They should be mellow and sweet and wonderful. I had to make some for the show tomorrow – hopefully there will be some left in the morning.

These nuts are lightly coated with a layer of sweetened egg white, which can carry any flavour you like. Use white sugar instead of brown, or try maple sugar if you can get your hands on some.


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10 comments on “Day 353: Meringue Walnuts

  1. Robyn
    December 19, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Hi! My name is Robyn and I too have a Nutella problem. It has ever so dramatically increased since I have come to Germany, where Nutella and Nutella-like products lined a single aisle at the grocery stores. And it is cheap! The locals all seem to use it in everything they make – street vendors will smear it on large French crepes, cover with sliced bananas and then give the whole thing a great dose of brandy or grand marnier before folding it up and giving it to you to eat. Germany is an Nutella addicts Nirvana and if I could (and if it weren’t so costly), I would send you crates of the stuff to feed your addiction, Julie. So here’s to all the Nutella addicts out there!

  2. Jan
    December 19, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Hi Julie
    Can you use other nuts for these recipes?

  3. Christina
    December 19, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Thank you for sharing the info about bitter walnuts mean they have gone rancid. I’ve got a big bag of walnuts in my freezer that have been bitter since I bought them at costco thinking it was a great deal but obviously it’s not so great if they are rancid. I thought I just didn’t like them. Thanks for the info!

  4. Fiona
    December 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I didn’t know that about walnuts, either.

    I also didn’t know that about traffic reporters, and I applaud you for even attempting it.

  5. Christina
    December 19, 2008 at 10:10 am

    PS. I’m making Fruitcake Julie!! I’m a little nervous but I’ll let you know how it goes (Oh Lord, I’ve started talking to you as though you’re a personal friend now LOL).

  6. Natalie B
    December 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I love Nutella!! I eat it almost every day 😛 I think it’s my Dutch heritage coming through

  7. Kathy H
    December 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Hey, Julie. Rugelach has been on my baking list for, seriously, two decades. But you always make things sound so easy and reasonable, I think I will have a stab at it too! Thanks! (Whaddya think? a swipe of Nutella before rolling little wedges?)

    BTW to Christina, Julie IS a personal friend, we just haven’t met her yet! (I think I know her and like her better than some of my face-to-face friends!)

  8. Christina
    December 19, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Kathy, you’re totaly right!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one to feel that way!

  9. claire
    December 22, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Wow Julie you sounded so composed that day on the Homestretch, I’m not kidding. So nice work. It was so crazy out there…

    Nutella, I understand. I found something else that I think is better, Choc Ooh Lala by health nut, which you can get at Community. It’s a raw organic cocoa spread with less sugar than nutella, and has omega fatty acids. So when I eat it by the spoonful, I can tell myself, “I am eating health food right now..”


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