I figured folks might not be very interested in complex dishes after the holidays and I would like to spend time with my family, so I decided to post a recipe for something simple, making popcorn- the old fashioned way … no gadgets needed, just a pan with its lid that you already have in your kitchen.
Corn does not necessarily have a connection to the winter but I chose making popcorn for now because I enjoy listening to the popping sound that the corn kernels make as they are popping. As our lives are slowing down, our sense of hearing is more heightened, we can hear things that we might not have paid attention to before. And those warm popcorn straight out of the frying pan hmmmm so delicious ….
This is a nice and tasty snack to be enjoyed during the long winter nights. You can add a little butter, salt and pepper and other seasonings of your choice. I personally like to have it without anything added.
There are 4 things you should try to watch out for:
Pan should be hot before you put the kernels in.
Keep lifting the top of the pan to release the extra steam.
Keep shaking the pan to avoid the kernels from burning.
When the kernels stop popping, take the pot off immediately.
- 1/4 cup of corn or more if you have a bigger pan.
- seasoning of your choice to taste
- Heat up a pan or a pot with a lid. My pan is 10″ in diameter. When it feels hot, put in about 10 kernels for testing. After they start popping, shake the pot a little so your kernels don’t burn. When they stop popping pour them in a metal bowl.
- Add in 1/4 cup of corn kernels. About every 1 minute, lift off the top of the pan allowing the steam to escape for one second until you stop hearing the kernels popping. Keep shaking the pan. When you start hearing the kernels pop less frequently, get ready to take pot off the burner.
- Pour popcorn into the metal bowl.
- Allow to cool, season if you wish and eat.
Photo, text, recipe by twincitiesherbs.com