Monday, November 19, 2012

Calico Corn



Amoreena, our Food Corps Service Member, snapped this photo when she was separating
kernels from cobs of popcorn grown in SAGE's Children's Garden
 
It is pouring today.  Not just the normal Oregon drizzle, but full on sheets of precipitation pounding down from the sky.  Well, I guess November had to arrive at some point....

Popcorn waiting to be shucked...
Just looks like normal corn until you
open it up!
Our beautiful popcorn!
It needs to dry on the cob
for a few weeks before we
can take off to kernels to pop them.
As I soggily trod around the garden this morning harvesting brassicas and loading up my bike panniers with winter squash and potatoes for the OSU Food Pantry, I was thinking how different the garden looks from not even a month ago.  Then, we still had tomatoes in the field, giant pumpkins to fill kids with glee and corn standing tall.  Now, most of those things went to people's bellies and the remaining plant matter is composting. I say most though, because we still have some popcorn that has been drying.  Our popcorn this year was beautiful.....9 or 10 feet tall (perfect for the corn maze!), colorful and delicious.  Popcorn doesn't take anymore garden work than normal corn (and sometimes less) and is a great thing to grow for a healthy, high fiber treat.  The thing about growing your own though is it doesn't come in a bag with directions!  So for those of you who may not know how to cook popcorn without a bag or popcorn machine, here are some easy directions.  Enjoy!

How to Cook Popcorn on your Stove Top:

1) Heat a Tbsp or two of oil (butter, coconut or veggie) in a pot over medium heat.
2) After a minute or two, when the oil is hot, add 2 Tbsp (for 1 - 2 people) on up to 1/2 cup of kernels to the oil.  Immediately cover with a lid and gently shake the pot to ensure all the kernels are coated with oil.
3) Wait a bit and soon the kernels will start popping!  Once the frequency of the popping starts to slow down, your popcorn is done.  You can easily burn it if you let it go too long...
4) Dress popcorn with your favorite toppings: butter, garlic powder, Braggs, nutritional yeast, salt, hot sauce, soy sauce and more....so many options!

Another beautiful picture from Amoreena.  

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