I made a very exciting discovery this weekend: popcorn made from scratch, with no special equipment and no microwave. That's right--low tech popcorn--who knew? You saw this post, right? Which led me to this picture on Soulemama's photostream, where so many mamas were commenting on the wonders of popcorn. Soulemama graciously answered my question, "so how do all you mamas pop your corn?"
Turns out it's headspinningly easy. Try this: take a big stockpot, the kind you use to make soup in, put in 1 T. canola oil and 1/2 c. popcorn (yeah, I was able to find just regular popcorn amongst all the microwave corn). Put it over medium-high heat, with the lid on, and wait. It will start popping on its own! When the popping begins to slow, remove it. That's it! No scary shaking of the pan or anything remotely skill-requiring! By the way, I found that the popcorn is even tastier and the salt sticks better when I use 2 T. of canola oil--I'm decadent that way.
Turns out Dieter and Faith and I are very into popcorn. Too bad I didn't know about this when I was "vegan 'til six"--what an excellent vegan snack. Anyway, here's the thing I'm so amazed over: how did we all get to thinking that we need an extra gadget to make simple popcorn? I remember growing up in the 70's having a cool oil popper with a hard clear lid so you could see the corn popping. Then in the 80's remember when everyone was getting air poppers? No way were my parents going for that--no flavor! Later, we all just started making mircrowave popcorn--but how gross is that, with all its chemicals and how it is so prone to burning. Yuck. So now, we can get back to basics. I can tell that "popcorn from scratch" is going to be one of our very favorite afternoon snacks.
I'm back to work today, feeling refreshed and fortified. Only eight more weeks until summer break (I was a bit optimistic when I said six before)--my mind is spinning with plans and ideas. Happy Monday to everyone!