Reasons To Have A Man Cave
So the original cave men lived in quite sophisticated spaces, not very cave like at all. Although in the middle ages things moved on tenants could probably be more of a problem for landlords and had a smaller more peasant like space to live in. We're sure that modern man will want his man cave free of any animal damage and so may well appreciate a tin sign.
'Scientists found that the cave man shelter was divided into three levels. The top was full of animal bones, suggesting it was a food-prep area where animals were butchered. The middle level was more of a living space, with a fire pit toward the back. And the bottom was a sort of staging area, with a workshop toward the front where stone tools were evidently made, and perhaps stored, ready for hunting forays'.
Modern man has now found a new sanctuary in his man cave or personal space dedicated to hobbies, fun times, collections and areas to just chill out and be himself for a while without outside distractions and interruptions.
With our increasingly fast paced lifestyle impinging on out time and energy more and more it's no surprise that men are taking refuge in their man caves.
Personalising the space is one of the most important jobs when creating the ideal man cave, beginning with a sign to differentiate the space, claiming it as yours and yours alone as the man of the house.
There are many other ways to enjoy a great man cave, from chilling with your favourite beer to just enjoying spending time doing the things you love.
Think about having a great bottle opener in there and your favourite tipple. A bit of rustic furniture and maybe if its reminiscent of a wine cellar a few bar accessories.
Adorn your space with plaques on the wall and quirky memorabilia, from railway signs, garage plaques or just a funny sign that will give you and your mates a good laugh.
We love our table footie, but that's a story for another time.
When it comes to cracking nuts we know a thing or two.
We designed our cast iron nut cracker to crack as many types of shelled nut as possible and even amended the design to accommodate some of the largest walnuts and smallest hazelnuts.
A great feature of this nut cracker is that it has a built in catching bowl around the cracker which catches all those shells and bits that you don't want all over your floor.
It is cast in solid cast iron which is hard and durable and makes cracking nuts one of the easiest activities to have fun with in your kitchen.
Not only that, the design is beautiful and so we are sure you will want to keep this ornamental device on show all year round. Anyway lets get to our top 5 nuts for cracking in this fab cast iron nut cracker.
It has to be the Walnut, not only healthy and nutritious as all nuts are (by the way but the Walnut it is said will protect your brain). So it gets our No. 1 spot every time. It's easy to crack in all sizes using our cracker.
2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts, packed with selenium they are good for your mood and although the shells are tougher and a tricky shape they crack perfectly well under the cast iron cracking plate.
Hazelnuts, these are small and sweet and we love them, what better reason to put them at no 3. Our cracking plate screws all the way down and so these little sweeties are no problem.
Pecan nuts are chewy and buttery and so delightful when cooked with Brussels sprouts (see the recipe below). Just perfect with a Christmas roast or absolutely delicious straight from the shell.
Macadamia nuts are sweet and great to use if you are on a gluten free diet as they are free from gluten and yet provide your body with some great vitamins and minerals including many B vitamins.
So there's our top 5 cracking nuts, so what are you waiting for? Go get cracking with your new nut cracker and don't forget to try out the recipe below.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
- 1 cup freshly cracked pecans, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and black pepper
- Heat oven to 400° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts, freshly cracked pecans, oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Turn the Brussels sprouts cut-side down.
- Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are golden and tender.