It's that time again when walnuts fall. It's been a good season and a few weeks ago Verna picked up a large box full of the walnuts which were the first to hit the ground. They've been sitting in the sun drying since then.
Today I put these first fruits into old cake tins. I never shell walnuts until right before I use them. Stored in the shell they will stay sweet for a couple of years. Once they're shelled I find they go rancid very quickly.
I like to store walnuts very securely for one reason in particular - rats. They love them and will come from miles around to try and raid them. I am told by the old timers that years ago they used to bait rats with walnuts dipped in vanilla - that the rats found them irresistible.
Over the years I've gathered quite a sizeable collection of old cake tins so these are perfect to store the walnuts in - plus I get to admire the pretty tins and make use of more of them once again.
Walnuts are great to eat as a snack and to me a chocolate cake isn't complete unless it has walnuts on it although in recent years I've developed a tendency to put them on banana cakes too since banana and walnut is always such a good combination. Walnut and banana bread is a favourite of mine.