Looking back, I see that the last post I made here was about a year ago. That’s not surprising since shortly after that post I lost a close friend of mine to Leukemia. It was especially hard since it was sudden, so I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. I’ve realized that was the start of what I’ll call my “shutdown”. The holiday season last year was tough, then I was hospitalized with RSV back in the spring, and Angel and I have had several medical issues since. All of this meant this space just wasn’t a priority. I told myself I would come back to it only when I missed it, or felt the urge to write and create again. That time has come! While this upcoming holiday season will sting thinking of my friend that’s no longer here and the loss her family must be feeling right now, I feel like I am coming back up for air and miss this creative outlet. I am realizing having this space can help me process things and using the creative side of my brain to brainstorm recipes and flavor combos is soothing.
All of that being said, I am starting a new Flavor of the Month- Pomegranates! I have grown to LOVE pomegranates over the past few years and they are currently in season. This means you should be able to find tasty ones in the stores right now!
I’m sure many of you have seen Padma Laksmi’s Pomegranate and Peanut Butter toasts all over Instagram. That is essentially what I am sharing here. I know she shared this eons ago, but it’s something I always go back to when pomegranate season is upon us and for those of you not on Instagram, maybe this is somethinng new.
I fully admit, this almost isn’t a recipe. However, I am also going to share another version with you….pomagranate and Nutella toast! The peanut butter version’s indulgent cousin 🙂 The idea came from my husband, Derek. We were enjoying some pomegranate and peanut butter toast with breakfast and contemplating all things pomegranate and Derek said “I bet this would be good with Nutella”. I tried it the next day, and it really was (I knew I married the right guy!).
It’s worth mentioning here that getting the arils (the juicy “seeds” that are the part of the pomegranate you eat) out of a pomegranate can be time-consuming, but I feel like those juicy ruby jewels are worth it. I’ve found this method useful. Bon Appetite swears by this method. I say use whatever method works for you.
I would also caution you against buying the pre-packaged pomegranate arils. I’ve never had a pack of those that was as flavorful or fresh as cutting into a real pomegranate, so I wouldn’t bother.
Now, let’s make toast! Once your bread is out of the toaster, slather on the spread of your choice, either peanut butter or Nutella.
Now sprinkle over the pomegranate arils. I admit I like a high concentration of pomegranate. If you don’t want as much, knock the amount down to 1/4 cup.
Enjoy, and stay tuned for more posts (I promise it won’t be a whole year this time)!
- 1 piece bread, toasted
- 1/3 cup Pomagranate arils
- 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter/Nutella
- Slather toast with spread of your choice.
- Sprinkle on pomegranate arils.