Maple-Pecan Dip
  1. In a small, lidded saucepan, bring the water to a gentle boil with the cashews, Brazil nuts and pecans. Simmer for 10 minutes, until the nuts have softened.
  2. Transfer the nuts and liquid to a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. To use the vanilla pod, split it in two lengthwise then scrape each side with the back of a knife to remove the seeds (use the seeds and discard the pod).
  3. Process until completely smooth and creamy. This may take 5 minutes or so, depending on your food processor. You will need to scrape down the sides intermittently to ensure everything gets incorporated.
  4. Serve immediately, drizzled with a touch more maple syrup.