The proper title for this post should probably be photos from my colourful balcony and how to make the perfect stovetop popcorn for an afternoon out on said balcony. Yeah, that is way too long!
Our little balcony in the city is summer ready again. This is how I know summer has begun, that we’ve dug ourselves (and the balcony!) out of the dregs of winter. We cleared the balcony a few weekends ago, scrubbed the dirt and grime off, and unearthed the candy pink hue paint job we gave it last summer. We filled the space with all the cute little plants we’ve come to love.
We start our days with quiet mornings on the balcony, and when it’s sunny, we end the day here too – it’s become our little refuge. I’m pretty sure some of my memorable moments this summer will come from this tiny spot.
One thing we do out here a lot is eat, and sometimes we’ll just lose whole afternoons and evenings to chatting, people-watching, listening to music or watching YouTube videos – this is where popcorn and other snacks come in handy.
I love popcorn. It’s perhaps my favourite snack food and I love, love homemade popcorn. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve had popcorn for breakfast many times, and I also put it in my breakfast sometimes. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m the popcorn person… offering to make popcorn or bring the popcorn.
Thankfully, popcorn is ridiculously easy to prepare at home. Save for a few movie outings, homemade popcorn is the only kind I eat these days. I love the process of making it, it’s whimsical – from the tiny yellow or blue (or some other unique colour) kernels, to the magical and satisfying pop that turn little the kernels into large crunchy delicious buttery pieces.
One other great thing about popcorn is that it can be sweet or savoury, or sweet and savoury, according to your preferred toppings. I sprinkle mine with a little bit of salt and a generous heaping of nutritional yeast – I swear, I could probably munch on it every day!
I don’t need a lot of things in life. I feel like my friend’s three year old, who’s coming to Vancouver in a few weeks; all he talks about, and all he wants to do is wear rain boots and jump in puddles when he comes. All I need is a sunny day, a cute outdoor spot and lots of popcorn!
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- Salt to taste
- Seasoning and toppings of your choice
- In a large pot or saucepan (that has a cover), heat oil over medium-high heat
- When oil has melted (if using hardened coconut oil), add three (3) kernels to oil and cover pot
- When kernels pop, remove popped kernels (popcorn), add the rest of the kernels in an even layer (you may give pot a little shake) and cover pot
- Remove pot from heat, and wait for 30 seconds (I usually just count to 30)
- Put the pot back on the stove and wait for kernels to start popping
- Shake pot gently (by moving it back and forth over burner) once kernels start popping
- Keep the pot covered, but for a crispier and drier popcorn, leave a little space for steam to escape
- Remove pot from heat when popping slows to several seconds in between, and pour popcorn in to a large bowl
- Add salt to taste and your desired toppings