You need:

300g unsalted nuts eg. almonds, macadamias, cashews, pecans and Brazil nuts (more or less depending on how many guests and if you want to have delicious leftover nuts to squirrel away for winter)
2 teaspoons of a mixture of sea salt, garlic or onion powder, a little curry powder or chilli powder to taste.


  1. Mix together the nuts and toss through the spice mixture
  2. Line a shallow baking tray with a sheet of baking paper.
  3. Spread the nuts evenly over the paper and roast in the oven (low temperature of about 150°C) for as long as it takes them to release a nutty fragrance and change colour slightly. Test a couple to see if they are warmed through.
  4. Move the nuts around from time to time.
  5. If you prefer, heat the spiced nuts on top of the stove in a frying pan with a little drizzle of vegetable oil to get them started — just enough to colour them slightly and for them to release their irresistible fragrance.


The nuts can be served at room temperature or kept warm for serving, which is always nice on a cool day.