Spicy Hot Walnut


½ cup tomato paste

¼ cup (or more) hot red pepper paste, available at Middle Eastern stores

½ large lemon juice

½ cup good olive oil

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup finely chopped dill fronds

2 scallions, both white and green parts, very thinly sliced


• Mix tomato and pepper paste thoroughly and thin it out with lemon juice and olive oil.

• Add remaining ingredients and incorporate. It should have the consistency of mayonnaise. Plate it, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest.


Serve it as a spread on a coarse peasant bread.


A hoppy beer, such as Pilsner Urquell, is a happy accompaniment.