Visiting and partying season will soon be upon us, so be prepared. We’ll make it easy for you. Present your host with a bag of Le fou des noix (Completely Nuts! in English) nuts at every gathering and you’ll be the hit of the party. They’re also a perfect snack to have around for when company stops by unexpectedly — pair them with cheese, crackers, and a bit of pear or apple and, voilà, a chic munchie plate is born.
The brainchild of Gatineau chef Francis Meunier, dehydrated raw pecans and walnuts are coated in the likes of strawberry and basil; blue cheese; and lemon and pepper. Find them at farmers markets around town and select food stores.
City Bites Hot Tip: The choice is a bit overwhelming, with about two dozen flavours. Ask for an “under the counter” sample or two to help you narrow it down — or grill the Ottawa Farmers’ Market vendors at nearby booths for recommendations. They have been taste-testing Completely Nuts! samples every chance they get.