This ramen snack mix features a Middle Eastern spice blend called baharat (which just means "spices" in Arabic). It's a mixture of cloves, cumin, paprika, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, and pepper - and it's really tasty on top of bread, fish, chicken, and now this ramen snack mix.
So, without meaning to, I've taken a month long break from posting recipes on my blog. Life has been incredibly busy - I got the new job I wanted, we've been setting up our new house, had family visiting, traveled to visit family - but I've really missed creating new recipes and taking photos of them.
I have been cooking quite a bit though! I made these Black Rice Salad Bowls with Chipotle Orange Chicken (always a fave), this One Pot Cheesy Pasta Bake from Cooking Light, the classic Christmas favorite - Peanut Butter Blossoms, and one of my all-time greatest hits -- the Shaved Asparagus Pizza from Smitten Kitchen.
We also really enjoyed celebrating the holidays in our new house. We had a little holiday shindig with our new neighbors and drank mulled wine with friends and froze our fingers having snowball fights. I'm very reluctant to take down the Christmas tree. I'm thinking of leaving it up through mid-January because I like the lights and we haven't bought furniture for the area of the living room that the tree is taking up... Is that reasonable? When do you take down your decorations?
A quick note about this nut mix - I really recommend getting raw nuts for this, because you are going to roast them. If you buy already roasted nuts, I think you may end up toasting them a bit too much.
Happy New Year!