Now that we're into colder days, I'm going to make popcorn more often. I really can't think of anything more suitable as a snack for all occasions!
It's extremely quick and easy to make - just the thing for unexpected visitors, children and adults alike, when you have no baked goodies on hand. All you need is a handful of corn kernels, some oil, some salt and a suitable pot. Since I make it on the stove, it's great even when there's no electricity. Oh, and it's about the lowest cost imaginable snack, too, because a package of corn kernels costs so little and lasts so long.
This nutritious snack has a tendency to stop quarrels as little ones flock to a large bowl of popcorn in the middle of the table. It's also fascinating for them to watch the kernels pop - I always use a pot with a transparent lid especially for this purpose.
We sometimes have ladies' nights here, and usually everyone brings fancy cakes, homemade granola bars, etc. I cheat by bringing a simple large bowl of popcorn, made 10 minutes before leaving home - and usually it's the most popular snack around, especially among the pregnant ladies who like to have something to munch on, guilt-free.
Making popcorn is very easy once you get used to it, but there are a few tricks. Take a stainless steel pot and pour some oil into it, to just cover the bottom. There's no need to heat the oil in advance. Take a handful of corn kernels and spread them out over the oil, until the bottom of the pot is nearly covered, but not quite. Put the pot on the stove - the flame needs to be strong enough for the kernels to pop, but not excessively so, because otherwise the kernels may burn before they pop. You'll find just the right balance after a couple of tries. Now I've found mine I have only a few unpopped kernels in each batch.
Wait until popping stops, transfer into bowl and shake some salt over your popcorn.