Pop Corn Two Ways and a Whole Lot of Love
Popcorn is one of those nostalgic snacks that is wholly synonymous with fun: it reminds me of long hot summers, 90's films, sleep overs and first dates. It's one of the first things I mastered really well as a kid, in a time before microwave pop corn (wow that makes me feel ancient lol!). I'd make a few batches in different flavours and then hand them around in little newspaper cones, and then my whole family, along with a couple of neighbourhood kids, would settle in to watch the latest VHS release.
I’m pretty much a life long popcorn junkie, and will choose it over any other snack, especially when watching movies. Snacking on popcorn while watching a film is a match made in heaven, and if for some reason I don’t have any, the experience just isn’t the same. Popcorn just makes life fun! This inexpensive and tasty snack got me through many late night study sessions during uni and kept me going when I first moved out of home and ran out of money to buy food: but popcorn sufficed as a starter, a main, and then a dessert. Seriously, is there any other food more versatile? I’ve tried more variations, both savoury and sweet, than I can count, but the combination of chilli and lime and cinnamon and cacao crop up much more frequently than the rest. Particularly the lime and chilli - we make this at least once a week and inhale it in about five seconds. It’s that good!
This simple little snack holds a special place in my heart for a number of reasons, but the kicker is that is will always remind me of the early days of our courtship, when countless lazy days were spent if bed, talking, reading, watching films and snacking on huge bowls of popcorn. Some days it served as our breakfast and our lunch before we managed to drag ourselves out of bed and make up something more substantial for dinner, which, of course, we mused over in bed long before we got out of it.
As with any food, home made is the best, as you can control the amount of salt and sugar you put in. The shop bough variety should be avoided at all costs. It’s nothing but bad and it’s not something I want to expose my family, and certainly not my baby girl to. Who, just like her folks, has taken to eating popcorn with complete abandon. I have every faith that she’ll carry on the popcorn eating tradition.
And why not? it’s healthy, tasty and you can make it in a huge array of flavours. What’s not to like? Now I feel like watching Stand By Me! I've got chilli and lime and cacao and cinnamon popcorn to snack on, so why not?!
Love and light!