|Leftovers, anyone? How about a beer?|
When my eldest was younger, we often designated Friday evenings as “Family Movie Night.” Now that Declan is getting older, I have brought back our movie-watching nights. He is still a touch too young for it, not usually sitting through the entire film (though animated or “puppeted/Muppeted” features fare better), but it gives all a night to come together and have fun.
Taylor, my eldest, is always invited, of course, but being a young woman with different priorities, she is absent from the festivities from time to time. (I could write a whole post on how watching children become highly independent adults is both heartbreaking and wonderful. I miss that kid like crazy, but she needs to have the freedom to make her own choices about how she spends her free time. But I digress.)
Recently, I heard about the idea of Popcorn-for-Dinner. I think that it’s a great idea for Family Movie Nights. Everyone can forage for leftovers, or make their own quick meal. I whip up a few batches of my famous (and addicting) popcorn. And we all graze while snuggled on the couch watching a movie. It’s pretty perfect, actually. (And Declan WILL sit for a long period of time if the popcorn bowl is in his lap. He is a fiend for popcorn.)
Here’s my recipe for amazingly good popcorn at home. I do not usually measure the ingredients, choosing to season to taste, but these measurements are a good starting point. Obviously feel free to adjust proportions to your tastes. Enjoy!
6 cups of prepared quality popcorn*
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (I use an oil sprayer)
2-3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast (Bob’s Red Mill brand is widely available, not to be confused with brewer’s yeast)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Garlic powder, optional
*I use an old-fashioned, crank operated, stove-top oil popper. I provides the tastiest popcorn I’ve ever enjoyed. I pop mine with about two tablespoons of Earth Balance spread or high-quality butter. If i’m feeling particularly fancy, I add a splash of truffle oil.
In a large bowl, toss popcorn with olive oil. I use a sprayer and spray the top, toss the popcorn, spray the top, toss the popcorn, repeat until the popcorn has a light coating of oil. Sprinkle nutritional yeast and toss until evenly distributed through the bowl. Add salt and, if desired, a shake or two of garlic powder. Eat immediately for best flavor.
Do you have any weekly/monthly family traditions?