POPCORN THREE WAYS (VEGAN)

Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free 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 without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free 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.

Coconut Oil + Nutritional Yeast Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

1. Classic (coconut oil + nutritional yeast)

Mexican Spiced Lime Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca

2. Mexican Spiced Lime

Ras El Hanout + Salted Maple Popcorn || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free 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.

Spices || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Lime Eyes || Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free and easy to make! || www.creamandhoney.ca
Popcorn Three Ways (Vegan) || Healthy + delicious recipes for 3 popcorn flavours without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free 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 without butter– classic, mexican spiced lime, and ras el hanout with salted maple. All plant based, dairy free, gluten free 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.

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I have a confession. I like my shortbreads slightly brown. I like all my cookies slightly brown in fact. I love the almost burnt parts of many foods that include, but are not exclusive to:

  • the edges of lasagna
  • the cheese that's spilled outside a grilled cheese and burnt onto the pan
  • the crispy bits at the bottom of the rice pan
  • the burnt pizza bubbles on thin crust pizza
  • burnt marshmallows! Just light that shit on fire and stick in my mouth. (that's what she said.)
  • Sugar! By that I mean creme brulee. Best. Dessert. Ever.
  • French fries! Extra crispy = extra delicious.

So, just a heads up that you can bake these for a couple minutes less if you prefer your shortbreads all unison and cream coloured.

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

The best part about these cookies are that they're savoury cookies instead of sweet. The piney-ness of rosemary, crunches of sea salt and a hint of olive oil. They're most savoury cookies I've ever made. And it made me realize how much I had been missing out on. These are so so addicting and after handing out a few to friends, I've already been asked for the recipe twice. They're like that boyfriend or girlfriend that comes along and at first you're like, I dunno, maybe. They're really not my type." But then you try it out and can't get enough of them. You never knew what you were missing but now that you know and understand them, you wonder how you ever lived without them. They're meant to be. 

Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Rosemary Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies || Savoury winter biscuit recipe made with only 6 ingredients. Simple and delicious! Holiday or Christmas baking at it's finest. || www.creamandhoney.ca

ROSEMARY OLIVE OIL SHORTBREAD COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:            Her name is Sonya and two years ago she gave                                    me a homemade rosemary shortbread cookie                                        and my life was changed forever.  

 

the feels:                salty, buttery + crumbly.

 

eat with:                 tea (must dunk!), marmalade, Terry's chocolate                                   orange, much coffee and good book or paper. 

 

might like if you're into:        crossword puzzles,the Scottish                                                          Highlands, fresh herbs, A                                                                Christmas Carol (my favourite version                                               is The Muppets)

the science

makes approximately 25 cookies || prep time: 15 mins // rest time: 3 hours // bake time: 15 min

ingredients:

  • 225 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 + 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

method:

  1. Add butter to bowl of stand mixer and attach flat beater (or use hand mixer). Beat butter on low until smooth (about 1 to 2 minutes). Add sugar, rosemary and salt; beat for another 1 to 2 minutes until combined. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat again on high until fluffy (about 5 minutes more). 
  2. Add flour and mix on low until the dough begins to come together. Beat for another minute.
  3. Make dough into a ball, place on lightly floured surface. Place plastic wrap on top and roll with rolling pin into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (3 hours to 5 days).
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut the dough into 1 inch square and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Add leftovers pieces back together to roll and cut more cookies. Bake until edges are golden, around 15 minutes (or less time if you like all white shortbreads). 
  5. When cookies come out, brush with olive oil immediately. Let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days or freeze for up to a month. 

Recipe from A Life Well Lived.

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (SLOW COOKER + SUGAR FREE)

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Winter is here. There is snow on the ground, I bought a scarf that is basically a blanket, and my furry winter jacket has me nuzzling my face into it while out in the cold Toronto air. The other day I walked outside my door and watched an lady on the other side of the road do an unintentional Elaine dance before falling over on to the icy sidewalk. I held back a laugh and did my best surprised yet concerned person face, Are you okay?!" I asked loudly. She said nothing. MA'AM! ARE YOU OKAY?! DO YOU NEED HELP?!" I yelled, because then I was like, maybe she hit her head and is concussed! Yes yes, I'm fine.", she said clearly embarrassed and wishing I hadn't drawn attention to her. Oh, uhhhhh okay. Well, ummmmm, have a good day! Not that it was going good at this moment, but you know what I mean! Like I mean, I hope it gets better!" It was an awkward interaction. I felt bad she felt embarrassed but then I felt embarrassed for myself because of my weird response. But what was I supposed to do? Just watch and laugh and walk away? That's cold. Ice cold. Ha.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I made apple butter this week which makes these cold days easier. I turned the slow cooker on and basically just dumped everything in and left it for hours while it warmed up my apartment and spread Christmasy scents of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting around. I put on Christmas music and let the holiday feel fully set in.

This apple butter has no extra sweetener added since the apples themselves always lend enough sweetness in my opinion. It's a very easy recipe, takes no skill at all and makes a great holiday gift for your vegan paleo gluten–free lactose intolerant friend. Their life sounds depressing so they need this in a very big way. Also good for other people who eat all food. Might be okay for your cat, but I may be wrong as I'm just making this up right now. But a cat licking apple butter off a spoon would be super cute. You can use it on lots of things– spread on some toast, smothered on a pork chop, added to a cheese board, or dolloped into some yogurt or oatmeal. It's perfect just to eat right off the spoon as well. 

So pick out your favourite Christmas movie, put the tea kettle on, and pull out that dusty slow cooker that sits in the crawlspace underneath all the weird craft projects you started and never finished in the last year. I hope this apple butter makes you as happy as it did for me.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (sugar free)

makes 3.5 to 4 cups of apple butter || prep time: 10 minutes // cook time: 6 hours  

the magic

inspiration:          roaming apple orchards with my sister      

the feels:              lightly sweet + smooth texture

eat with:              toast, muffins, pork chops, yogurt, oatmeal,                                        layered between cakes,whipped cream,maple syrup. 

might like if you're into:      picking your own fruit, rolling hillsides,                                            cider, fermentation, bourbon, hot                                                      buttered rum, mulled wine.

the science

ingredients:

  • 4 lbs (10-12 medium) apples of your choice (I used Ambrosia)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, fresh grated
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

method:

  1. Leave skins on; core and slice apples. Add apples and water to slow cooker and cook on high, covered. Leave for 3.5 to 4 hours stirring once in awhile. 
  2. Use potato masher or big wooden spoon to mash apples well. Blend up apple mixture using a hand blender, Vitamix or regular blender. Add the apple butter back into the slow cooker (unless hand blended) as well as the remaining ingredients and cook on high, uncovered for another 1 to 2 hours depending how thick you want it. Keep cooking longer to reduce down to whatever thickness you desire.