We spent the better part of this past Saturday night roaming the neighborhood around my apartment, stopping in at cozy bars and grabbing street meat wherever we could find it. It was a super chilly night — perfect for drinking ourselves silly to stay warm.
And when we came across a roasted chestnut cart, I was pretty much beside myself with joy. (Granted, I’d had more than a few hot buttered rums by that point, but still.) We bought a paper cup-full, and on the walk back home, I couldn’t help but ponder why certain parts of winter are just so damn sexy.
Conclusion: cold weather means more nookie (warmth is warmth after all, so why not make it sexy). Wintry traditions like roasted chestnuts remind us of cold weather. Thus, chestnuts = more sex. Yep, logic is totally awesome.
So, for your nookie-ing pleasure, here’s a roasted chesnut recipe that you can pull off without leaving your apartment or setting any major fires:
• 1 1/2 to 2 pounds whole chestnuts in shell
• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• 1/4 cup water
Use a small knife to make an X on the top of each chestnut, making sure to cut through the shell. Toss the scored nuts in a bowl with the oil, then throw them into a skillet on low for about 15 minutes. Add the water, stir occasionally, and continue roasting until the liquid is gone. Serve hot!