So the chicks had never eaten popcorn until we went to a birthday party recently, and my friend served popcorn as a snack. After the chicks made it through the party and did not, in fact, choke, I started to think that perhaps I should make popcorn. In the past I had only ever made microwave popcorn, but I haven't had a microwave since my last one caught on fire eight years ago. I was on the phone with a friend and heard static, and upon walking into the kitchen I saw that there were sparks and flames in the microwave flashing about according to the sound pattern of the static in my ear. Needless to say, I'm a little disturbed by microwaves.
For some reason I was under the impression that making popcorn without a microwave is hard. And it turns out that it's pretty much one of the easiest things you can cook. How did I not know this? So now that I've discovered popcorn, I can't stop serving it. So far, we've only eaten it sprinkled with nutritional yeast, a favorite in our home. I'd like to branch out though, so I've looked around online for some popcorn ideas. Here's what I found:
**butter, parmesan, and rosemary
**Sesame Ginger Popcorn: This recipe calls for way too much sugar (not to mention corn syrup), but I'd like to revise it for a healthier version--ginger on popcorn sounds delicious.
**variations on a cracker-jack type thing: Again, most of these recipes require too much sugar, but what I like about this is the addition of nuts which elevates popcorn to a more substantial snack. I'm thinking of something like a cracker-jack/trail mix hybrid.
It turns out that popcorn is also (slightly) healthier than I had imagined. I always thought it was sort of a "nothing" food (plain popcorn, that is), but it does contain fiber and protein. And when paired with something like nutritional yeast, it becomes more purposeful.
So perhaps I'll be posting some fun popcorn recipes soon if the chicks don't tire of it or if I don't fall into the trap of overusing it.
How do you eat your popcorn?