Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mexican Popcorn

Sunday was my 28th birthday. It was a fantastic few days of celebrating! First my friend Brook and I celebrated with our annual pizza lunch at Mozza (her birthday is the day before mine). I have been wanting to go here FOREVER but since J is not a fan of pizza, we haven't been. Now that I have been once, I have GOT to go again!
 Then my mom and sister flew in for a last minute trip! They were here Friday through Monday. We had a blast! Now that Ivy is 21, we were able to go out to a cool bar. We went to The Edison downtown. They had aerialist each hour, it was awesome! 

 Mom, Ivy and I went to one of my fav new restaurants in LA, Son of a Gun. Mom and I LOVE oysters so we were happy. Then we had their Italian Hamburger for dessert, I dream of this dish!
 For my birthday we woke up and went to the Hollywood Farmer's market! Mom and I were in heaven!
 For dinner we went to a rustic steakhouse in Malibu called The Old Place. I love this photo of J, hilarious!
My beautiful mom and sister!

 This was the BEST baked potato I have ever tasted!
 The Cornell Winery was next door. We were late for our dinner reservation so we didn't get to have a tasting, but it was cool to look around.
 Besides all of the eating, we also shopped, went to the Taco place that has Popsicle beer, saw a real LA brush fire and went to the Arclight to see The Millers. All in all, it was a fantastic birthday! On the next blog I will share my 3B birthday celebration photos from our restaurant hopping experience in Hollywood!

 I found this popcorn recipe on a blog a frequent, Shutterbean. Popcorn is one of my favorite foods! When J left town for a business trip I was so excited to make this recipe and have popcorn for dinner. YUM! I think next time I will make it a little spicier by adding some cayenne pepper!

Mexican Popcorn

6 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
1/2 cup popcorn kernals
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smoked paprika
kosher salt to taste
zest of 1 lime, juice of 1/2 lime

 Zest lime and set aside.
Heat 3 Tbsp coconut oil in a heavy saucepan on medium high heat. Place 2-3 kernels in the oil and wait for the kernels pop.
 Melt 3 Tbsp of coconut oil in a small saucepan and remove from heat. Do not allow this oil to get too hot! 
 Add the 3 seasonings to the coconut oil and stir.
 Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime into the seasoning mixture.

 Once the kernels pop, the oil is ready, so pour into 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and top with a lid.
 Jiggle the pan around some to keep the kernels cooking evenly. Wait until popping slows to a a few seconds between pops then remove from heat. 
 Pour into a big mixing bowl. 
 Slowly drizzle seasoning mixture into the popcorn. Use your hands to gently toss the popcorn, mixing the seasoning into it evenly.
 Add lime zest and kosher salt to popcorn and toss to combine. Taste to see if you need more salt. (Add salt slowly, it is easier to add more but you can't remove it.)
 Yum! I think I might add chili powder to it next time for some heat!

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