I guess I’m a traditional girl in disguise.
If you look at my life (living with my boyfriend/fiance, not married yet and no near wedding plans, went back to school as an adult) I would not really look I am into rules, order or tradition. I think I’ve just realized that I am happy to figure it out, whatever it looks like.
But I do have certain traditions that are really important to me.
Like I love to make Christmas treat boxes every year. And every Sunday night Joel and I have popcorn and watch a movie together. When I was in college (that second time that I mentioned), sometimes Sunday night movie night was the only quality time we spent together. I loved to make a big Sunday dinner (when my and wasn’t cramped from an exacto knife) and we’d have Sunday Movie Night. So it became a weekly traditional thing we did together. The movie and the popcorn changes, and this little combo was what we had a couple Sunday’s ago. We watched 16 Blocks with Bruce Willis (though we ended up quoting Die Hard for most of the movie), it wasn’t a standout flick, but this popcorn sure was addictive.
Salty, sweet, peppery and buttery. Oh heck yes Bruce, “yippee ki yay”!
But seriously, if you do one thing in your life in the kitchen, use fresh ground black pepper. It’s worlds apart from that pre-ground stuff (aka pencil shavings).
Fresh pepper is absolutely magic on popcorn. Joel may have introduced me to The Godfather, Evil Dead and Taxi Driver, but I introduced him to pepper on popcorn. I’d say we’re even.
- 2-3 tablespoons raw organic honey
- 2 tablespoons grass fed unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup non-gmo or organic popcorn kernels (bulk dept at a store like whole foods) or enough popped popcorn to fill a large stainless steel bowl (probably 10 cups)
- Fine sea salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Melt the honey, butter, and olive oil together over low heat or for 15-20 seconds in the microwave (watch it and stir every 10 seconds).
- Meanwhile get the popcorn popping (or put the popped corn into the aforementioned huge metal bowl)
- When the butter mixture is melted, pour over the popcorn and mix/stir well. Season generously with the salt and fresh ground pepper.
- Eat directly out of the large bowl, preferably while watching a movie.