We love living on the West Coast but sometimes these long days of just rain, rain, rain can get a little drab. The forecast for this weekend is rain and clouds. It just feels like a stay indoors kind of weekend – maybe a movie or two, endless hours at Monopoly or curled up with a good book. Hmmm, this weekend is starting to sound better already! And the best snack to enjoy with these activities – popcorn of course!
I love making popcorn in a pot on the stove. It reminds me of camping when I was growing up and shaking popcorn over the fire. It’s so much fun to shake the pot on the stove. I cook my popcorn in a pot with a see-through lid so you can watch the kernels jumping around. Mmmm… and cooking popcorn in oil gives it a richer flavour and your house smells unbelievably delicious. There’s something special about sharing a bowl of popcorn with family and friends. Everyone reaching for handfuls of tasty kernels; politely letting others go first if two of you reach for some at the same time. Growing up, popcorn was one of those fun family foods that helped to teach us more than just a healthy relationship with food – it was another opportunity to teach us how to share and treat each other with dignity and kindness. Food, and the way we eat it, can teach us a lot in life.
If you’re taking part in some family fun this weekend, shake up a pot of popcorn. Nothing beats butter and salt on popcorn but we suggest trying one of our favourite tasty ways to add a little flavour to this movie time treat.
Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper Popcorn
popcorn kernels (about 2/3 cup makes a big bowl)
high smoke point cooking oil like grapeseed, safflower or peanut
good quality extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Using a large pot, cover the bottom with a light film of oil. Add an even layer of popcorn kernels, one layer thick. Heat the pot over medium-high heat. Once one or two kernels start popping, cover the pot with a lid, leaving a little bit of a gap to allow excess steam to escape. Shake the pot occasionally to prevent the kernels from sticking or burning. I shake it frequently, just cause it’s fun! Enjoy listening and watching the kernels pop. Once the popping starts to subside, reduce the heat to low. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. So delicious!
Using a large pot, melt a dollop of coconut oil over medium heat. Be sure the oil covers the bottom with a light film. Add an even layer of popcorn kernels, one layer thick. Increase the heat to medium-high heat. Once one or two kernels start popping, cover the pot with a lid, leaving a little bit of a gap to allow excess steam to escape. Shake regularly. Listen to the popping. Once the popping starts to subside, reduce the heat to low. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Melt additional coconut oil in the pot and drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with curry powder. I like to use a fine mesh strainer to shake the curry powder over the popcorn. This is such a delicious combination of flavours – you’ll love it!