|Purple Filbert / Cobnut|
I tried following the "microwave nut roasting" recipe, but they went somewhat mushy rather than roasted. Maybe I should have dried them out first. I'll try actually slow-roasting them in an actual oven next time.
My talent at cracking nuts without the aid of a nutcracker has also been called into question. Kitchen scissors with a notch in them - danger Will Robinson, danger! - did not work out so well. Squashing them as you would garlic under a big flat knife resulted in, yes, squashed nuts. Finally, I tried tapping them firmly with a heavy pestle. After several further smooshings, I adjusted to the right amount of pressure to crack the shell without pummelling the nut.
Verdict so far - promising, but I haven't cracked them yet.