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Black Pepper, lately I have been on a black pepper kick. Not sure why, but I do enjoy the kick that lingers from it when it is paired with something sweet. I often laugh at myself when I think back to a childhood memory I have that involves black pepper.
To be honest I am surprised that I am even willing to share it, but here it goes. Goodness, I must have been 6 or 7 years old and my mother and I were driving down the highway. I believe we were traveling from North Dakota to South Dakota.
Back in those days, kids didn’t wear seat belts… shoot I don’t think anyone did. Seat belts were just those things that occasionally got caught in the door or they would tangle you up as you tried to crawl into the back seat. Right? Well, anyway, as we were traveling along the highway I was sitting on the floorboard with my tablet of plain paper and crayons , perched on the seat which was acting as my design table. I was already a designer way back then.
I remember drawing, coloring, stopping for sodas at the truck stops, stopping to tinkle 2 miles down at the road truck stops, stopping for sodas at the truck stops, stopping to tinkle 2 miles down the road at truck stops, stopping for sodas at the truck stops. Oh I said that already? I meant to! That was the pattern. haha One stop involved a special treat at McDonald’s! We pulled out the drive-through and after I got my Happy Meal, I nestled back down on the floor board to spread my lunch out on the seat next to mom as she drove.
Towards the end of my meal, underneath the last of the fries that had fallen to the bottom of the bag, I discovered little packets of salt and pepper. Ohhh mini packets! I loved and still do love small trial sized stuff. I played with them until one of the peppers broke open. Hmm, what to do with this open packet of black pepper?
Well I did what most demented children would do, I sniffed it!!! Aaaah-chooo! I sniffed again, Aaaah-chooo! I sniffed again, Aaaah-chooo! I sniffed again, I was having way to much fun. I suppose it was a good thing that there was ONLY one packet in the bag otherwise I might have become a black pepper crack sniffing addict. lol That memory has
haunted stuck with me all these years. Ok, enough of memory lane, let’s get busy and make this granola! I hope you enjoy it, please let me know either way.
Yields roughly 6-8 cups
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.