Sometimes, in this world of modern gizmos and interconnectedness, I find myself excited about doing things people have been doing for centuries. Tonight, cooking popcorn over an open flame can be added to that list.

We found a small bag of kernels at a store in Tokyo a couple weeks ago, but without our modern popcorn popper, we had to beckon back to our ancestors’ method of popping the corn. So, of course we start with the internet for some basic instructions.

Really, it was just 1/3 cup of kernels, about 1 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and medium heat in our handy dandy Le Creuset saucepan. But seriously, I got giddy when that first kernel popped and listened as each of its siblings exploded in puffed perfection.


  • Reply Deni May 7, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This certainly points out the difference in our ages. Why, when I was young, we didn’t have any of these fancy popcorn poppers. And we walked five miles to school – through blizzards!

    • Reply Robert May 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

      And due to still-unexplained geological phenomena, it was somehow uphill BOTH WAYS! 🙂

  • Reply Amy Daraghy May 10, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Like Deni, when I grew up, we just popped the corn in a large saucepan on the stove. Unless we’d had a blizzard, and the power was out. Then we popped it over the fire in the fireplace. And a week later when the roads were cleared we walked 5 miles to school. Uphill both ways. Barefoot.

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