i watch the oscars. it's my annual splurge on a night of sparkly tv with short-lived significance. it's fun to feel like you really do have celebrity faves, and everyone in hollywood is friends in real life.. for one night. it's fun to comment on so and so's hair, like you really care. yep. that's my idea of fun.
and just so you know, i'm having popcorn with my oscars. have we forgotten about making popcorn? on the stove? it is super easy and exciting. i don't know if my kids will know about microwave popcorn, because i can't wait to show them this. have we forgotten how amazing it smells? fresh. have we forgotten what movie theatre taste is like, minus the yellow butter-mimicking fluid they let you pump out of a fountain? did you know that movie theatres used to use coconut oil to give popcorn it's signature flavor? lovely, good-for-you coconut oil! a healthy fat. hooray. try this real old-fashioned popcorn, my friends. your tongue will remember the true taste. it's perfect.
real old-fashioned popcorn
3 T. coconut oil
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
salt, to taste
1-2 T. butter, optional
if you don't have a whirly-pop, don't worry! i don't either. i used a 6-qt. stainless steel pot with a lid.
fyi, this pairs well with apple slices and m&ms.
1. add coconut oil to your pot and let heat up for a few minutes over medium heat. add 3 popcorn kernels. don't put the lid on yet.
2. when the oil is hot enough, the "tester" kernels will pop. after this happens, add the 1/2 cup kernels, put the lid on, and immediately start moving your pot around the burner. slide pan vigorously back and forth on the stove to keep the kernels moving and turning, and continue as you hear them start popping.
3. when the popping starts to slow down, turn off the heat and keep moving the pot. once the popping has slowed even more, remove from stove. air on the side of not getting all the kernels popped, rather than burning the ones that are ready. pour popcorn into bowls.
4. add butter to warm pot and stir around to melt, then drizzle over popcorn. add salt to taste.
happy friday, friends. have some popcorn on me.
you know where i'll be sunday night, if you care to join the fun.
February 25, 2011