POPCORN THREE WAYS (VEGAN)

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

Yes, three. Is that too many? There is no such thing as too many popcorn flavours in my opinion. 

To know me is to know my indecisiveness, particularly with food. I want it all. To know me is to also know my love of popcorn. Where I can have it all. One standard plus two unusual yet addicting savoury and sweet types.

 Let's take a walk down memory lane to some of my most transformative popcorn memories. (Sounds riveting, yes? Or you can skip to the bottom for the recipes because DAMN. You need this in your life.)

Let's start at the beginning. Popcorn is comfort. Popcorn is versatile. Popcorn is light and airy but awakens an aggressive need for more. As a kid it was movie theatres and kettle corn on special occasions. As I got older it represented sleepovers, sharing secrets, giggling for hours about nothing and Girl Talk– a truth or dare board game with zit stickers as penalties, because that's considered the worst thing that can happen to a girl. It had fortune cards" which held the possibility of 5 kids and a deadbeat husband before the age of 22. Ummm I think I'll pass, thanks. Basically your future always sucked because it focused exclusively around being with a man and that is supposed to be enough for every female human. It wasn't the best model of a woman's future for prepubescent brains trying to figure out how to operate in the world. The other day I was reminded how much things have changed since the 90s when I brought up Dream Phone (another popular 90s board game) with a friend. 

Me:     OMG! Remember Dream Phone!? I loved that game!"                                                                                 Her:    No."  Because she's 21, so she wasn't even a fetus while I was finding out my dream guy likes to                                 eat pizza and rides a skateboard (definitely my type btw).                                                                               Me:      It was this fun 90s game you would play with girlfriends and gay best friend who didn't know                 he was gay yet but would just play for fun". You call boys on a giant pink Zack Morris                               phone–"                                                                                                                                                                 Her:     Who's Zack Morris?"                                                                                                                                             Me:      OMG whaaaat?! Zack Morris!! Mark Paul Gosselaar!?! Saved By The Bell!?! K well anyways,                     he had a massive cell phone– not the point. So you call people and they tell you hints about                     the guy who likes you. Then you guess who it is to win. It's basically Clue but with boys and                   a phone the size of a shoe....... You know, the more I talk about it, the less cool it seems. Girls                   obsessing over the same guy and calling people to find out every detail about his life..."            

We both agreed that Dream Phone would not be released today which is good because although that big pink phone is pretty rad, it's an emotionally unhealthy game for females. We've moved on to better, more mind expanding games. Like Candy Crush. 

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

As an adult I've been known to eat popcorn for dinner on occasion. Usually followed by a big bowl of ice cream (for balance of course). But my idea of what good popcorn is, changed the day I was wandering an eccentric hippie market and sampled popcorn tossed in olive oil, salt and nutritional yeast. WHOA. This hippie dust is amazing!" I thought. My mind was blown. It was nutty, cheese-like and satiating. Bonus: nutritional yeast is good for you! And although the name sounds like it would leave you with a pasty mouth of bad breath, it's delicious! From that moment on, my popcorn game was elevated by ten folds.

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

1. Classic (coconut oil + nutritional yeast)

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

2. Mexican Spiced Lime

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

3. Ras El Hanout + Salted Maple

My next popcorn tale is shrouded in international mystery and hazes of tequila. I was living in Mexico for awhile during college. One evening my handsome Mexican neighbours made popcorn for a movie night. They tossed it in a simple magic of lime, salt and Valentina hot sauce. It was amazing and I was smitten. When I returned home, I ate my popcorn as such for a long time. It brought me back to my time in Mexico– the amazing people, foods I'd eaten and things I'd seen. This highly flavoured popcorn is savoury, spicy and a hint of sweetness. Es perfecto.

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

Do you like my lime eyes guys? They are very in right now btw. 

The third type I created comes from my curiosity of North African spices– ras el hanout and salted maple. I ate this popcorn for 5 days straight while recipe testing and still wanted more. With a sweet and savoury curry-esque flavour, it's slightly strange but addictive. I learned from a chef that ras el hanout means head of the shop" and is sold at spice markets as their best blend. A house blend where the recipe is secret and can include upwards of 40 different spices. And secret recipes always taste better, right?

Other secret spice blends include: 

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours– classic, mexican, and ras el hanout. All vegan and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

POPCORN THREE WAYS

the magic

inspiration:             movie nights +pillow fights(if that were a real                                      thing females did, but it's not.)

the feels:                 light, salty, sweet + savoury

eat with:                 peach iced tea, dark chocolate, infused                                             sparkling water (mint/lime), coca cola, ginger                                   hibiscus switchel, wine, aranciata, limonata.

might like if you're into:        double features, drive-in theatres,                                                    Truth or Dare, Never Have I Ever,                                                    Settlers of Catan, sharing secrets.  

the science

each yields 2 - 4 servings || time: 10 - 15 minutes

ingredients:                                                                                  

classic (coconut oil + nutritional yeast)

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil (can sub olive oil/butter), divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 

mexican spiced lime

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoon coconut oil, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon agave 
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion flakes 
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

ras el hanout + salted maple

  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

method:

  1. In large pot, heat 1 tbsp oil and a couple popcorn kernels over medium - high heat. When the first few kernels pop, add the remaining 1/2 cup of kernels and toss in oil until fully coated. Put lid on pot and shake well every 5 - 10 seconds so that popcorn does not burn. Remove popcorn from stove when kernels are only popping one every few seconds or not at all. Pour popcorn into large bowl. 
  2. In small saucepan, add remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and all ingredients (spices, salt, sweeteners, lime juice), except the nutritional yeast and lime zest if making recipe one or two. Mix until melted and well combined. 
  3. Pour half the melted mixture over popcorn and toss well. Add second half of mixture and toss  until popcorn is evenly coated. Add nutritional yeast (and lime zest for mexican recipe) and toss one final time. 

Mexican popcorn recipe adapted from Belle Vie.