Hello, Saturday night! It appears that I am on a blogging roll today. Making up for lost time, I suppose.
I decided to stay in tonight with my seemingly never-ending copy of Jane Eyre. I’m at the part in the book where I can’t put it down…but then I had to. I got a little hungry. You know, that nighttime craving where you sometimes ignore and sometimes indulge. Well, tonight I decided to indulge.
My indulgence? Homemade popcorn.
I love popcorn almost as much as I love chocolate. My sister has made it her snack of choice a few times since moving in with me in June, and she’s always kind enough to share. But there’s a little something called “the start of football season” that has her out of the house and therefor not present to cater to me. If you knew how my family was with football, you’d be glad they were out of the house.
Being somewhat of a foodie, I figured I could handle this one of my own. While my sister is the standard butter recipe goer, I decided to kick it up a notch. I remembered a food blogger talking about how she used coconut oil for her popcorn, and I just so happened to have some. Since I am always skeptical of too much coconut oil, I decided to do a 2:1 consistency of it with olive oil, just in case. And because we all need a little salt in our lives (but not too much), I went a special route for that as well.
Swanson Health Products Inspired Popcorn Recipe
1. Heat oils in a 3-quart saucepan on medium-high heat.
2. Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.
3. When the kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.
4. Return the pan to the heat. Once the popping starts to pop, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper). Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl.
5. Add salt to taste.
This stuff is seriously amazing. I’ve already eaten more than I should have while writing this post. I think I can go all coconut oil next time. It really is a great addition to popcorn, amongst other things. I’ll definitely be making this again.
I was about ready to lock things up for the night, but then I heard a commotion coming from the living room. Things can get a bit eerie around here at night in the home of a creative writer, and the presence of coconut oil made a few select wizards a little bit too competitive over on the bookshelf.
A Harry Potter Popcorn Duel
Lesson: Don’t mess with Harry Potter. He has too many friends.