Yeah sunshine. Actual real sunshine. Daylight, no grey, blue skies. It feels like Spring may have finally arrived! Whoop whoop. My god doesn’t feel like the longest winter ever?
I love London in the summer. I know it isn’t quite summer yet. Seriously 2 days of sunshine and I start planning picnics, friends over for BBQ’s.
The downside is the kids have already made me loose the will to live re: “Can I have an ice cream” Oh my god its only April! This is the constant mantra until September. Unfortunately for me, the Ice Cream van parks about 20 ft from my flat everyday come rain or shine.
As I am typing this TMC (The Middle Child) Tilda has sat next to me repeating over and over again the summer mantra. I say no she says (about 40 times) “Why?” By the 40th time I look up and say if you do not go away I will give your bike away to the first child I see when I leave here! She locks eyes with me and then backs off with a look that was far far beyond her years. It can only get worse!
Popcorn! I am kind of loving it right now. I am experimenting with various “dressings” Is that the right word? Do you dress popcorn? I have no idea but my popcorn is getting dressed at the moment. I don’t have a microwave and if I did I would still make my popcorn “old School”. My mum used to make it in a big heavy pan and throw butter and salt on it. Sunday night treat.
I was out out this weekend with my lovely friend and the kids nanny, Pavlina. I hadn’t really eaten before we went out. A few glasses of wine later and I am starving. Late night munchies have to happen.
I made this recipe up on the spot and my god it is soo good. Smoked paprika, butter, salt and sugar. I have no idea what to call it “Paprika Popcorn” I guess!
Enjoy and I leave you with a few pics from the weekend. Eton Mess courtesy of my lovely friend Sam Starbuck and the obligatory kids stuffing their faces!
Not really a recipe. I would serve this at a little cocktail party. Not that I ever host cocktail parties.
250g popping corn
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the dressing
3 tablespoons butter
1 large pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 half teaspoons of smoked paprika.
In a large heavy cast iron pan with a lid, over a medium high heat add the vegetable oil and popping corn. Stir the corn so it is slicked in the oil. Put the lid on and wait for the popping to begin. When the corn starts to pop move the pan around on the heat, to make sure all the corn gets even heat and this minimises the corn over cooking.
When it starts to go quiet, take the corn off the heat and place all the ingredients for the dressing in a small saucepan. Heat until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolved in the mixture. Tip onto the warm popcorn and mis thoroughly. Apply to face! X