Growing up in Chile I remember having popcorn once in a while. I don’t have vivid memories of having a lot of it. I do remember it was sweet, I think it was caramel popcorn. And I do know though, the few times I had it, I liked it.
So, when I first came to the US, as an exchange student in high school (let’s just say I’m rounding up to… let’s say… 28 years ago… oh man! Time passes.) and I tried popcorn (probably with movies), I was surprised to taste the buttery saltiness. Just different as the first time of it, a new beginning.
Then, fast forward 8 years later, I moved back here to the US, and I see my father-in-law making popcorn at home. To me, right there, I thought that was an invention worth inventing. A popcorn maker. I had never seen one. I guess I’ve always bought the popcorn from the popcorn store, and I had never seen it being made. Actual corn, being popped right in front of my eyes (and ears!) Wow.
For some reason I don’t really know, once we moved into our own home, few weeks into my new popcorn discovery, I never tasted popcorn in my own home. I always tried it somewhere else, and loved this new salty popcorn.
Ten years later, I met a friend through a playgroup in our neighborhood, when Siena was just a baby. She showed me you can actually make popcorn with a pot on your stove! That was the next great invention, after the popcorn popper itself, of course. Making popcorn on your stove.
So by the time Siena was old enough to eat popcorn, I made it at home in our pot. But few years ago I got scared. Scared that I was going to burn my nice, big pot. So I bought one of those twirling popcorn makers.
I’ve had three of them. They are great to make popcorn, but the last one I had, I had bad luck with it. It got burned many times in the bottom. Not all the kernels would pop. It wasn’t as reliable as the others it had been. I don’t think there was anything wrong with the popper itself. Mark and the kids all three of them, had made popcorn with it, just fine. I think I just had personal issues with it. So when the plastic thingamajigger broke last week (that makes the wire blades turn inside, to move the popcorn around) I debated. I debated if I should buy another one, or use that same old pan that now it’s not so new and special anymore. Or even if we should get an air popper. Crazy decision!
This is funny, because we are a family that tries to own few appliances. Our kitchen is small. We own two big pots (that we use a lot in making apple sauce each fall and other canning goods). A small pot. Two pans (a big one and a small one.) A crock pot. Most of these very versatile. A teapot (to boil water). A coffee maker. A tea pot (to make tea). A blender. A toaster. I think that’s about it.
So, having a popcorn maker, it’s a big deal. It’s an appliance, a pot, with only one reason of being. To make popcorn. And it takes its own space just to have one job. But you know. It is a very important job. It makes popcorn. The most important food in the food pyramid. It makes a meal on itself. It can be snack too. It can be lunch or dinner if I talk it up. It is popcorn after all!
In my debating, for few days (which is a long time without a specific popcorn maker now a days), I wasn’t sure which kind we should get. But so it happens, that one of Mark’s coworkers is moving out of the country and she was having a garage sale last week. And lucky me, they had an air popper for few bucks. So I brought it home. It took few days for us to need popcorn. We were all excited to try it and have some.
Oh my. It is so pretty! The popcorn. Not burnt. All of them kernels popped. A beauty. And so I think it is a keeper. I first thought I’d give the air popper to Mark who wants to try to roast his own coffee beans in it. But I think this popper is meant to pop corn instead. Not coffee.
I first started with that not good for you popcorn (the one you put in the microwave with all that salt and who-knows-what-else stuff.) Then when I learned to make it in the pan, I added parmesan cheese. Then, soon after, I learned of nutritional yeast, and that my friends, has been the common ingredient, together with corn, for many years.
I own a couple of popcorn cookbooks. Really! And I’ve made few recipes, from them. But I also enjoy Amanda’s (SouleMama) recipes. I think this is my favorite so far.
We have popcorn all the time. We even make it during camping. This week we tried a new recipe, after making the baked kale chips. It was really good in it!
Oh popcorn. A delicious food.
Do you have any popcorn recipes to share? Any stories or suggestions? Would love to hear about them. I think we’re having popcorn today.