Popcorn with “Herbs and Spices” Sprinkle

Corn, zea mays is one of the cornerstones of the healthy Central American diet along with beans and pumpkin. Popping the dried seed results in a wholegrain food that is full of fibre and minerals. Popcorn can be a healthy snack depending what is added to it. Here we have used mixtures with French sea salt, coconut nectar sugar, herbs and spices.

The organic spices we have used are of excellent quality coming in from India and Egypt. The sprinkle with cinnamon & coconut nectar sugar powder makes sure the sweet treat spikes the blood sugar as little as possible. The savoury sprinkle incorporates our wonderful new Chinese 5-spice and the spicy curry sprinkle is an extensive mixture of spices with the addition of dill seeds from Egypt. Thyme is a herb commonly used is dishes around the Mediterranean with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is thought to be beneficial for the respiratory system. The onion powder combines with the kombu-shiitake powder to give a deliciously umami flavour to the snack. To coat the popcorn to receive the savoury mixture we have used organic Virgin coconut oil. This is about 50% lauric acid which is anti-pathogenic, and destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can be a useful dietary addition in cases of candida albicans infestations, and infections of staphylococcus aureus & helicobacter pylori. Used for cooking in the South Pacific cultures, a little goes a long way, and it is great for an occasional treat.
Credits: Ceri, Zenxin master chef

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Key facts

  • Preparation: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 10 mins
  • Total: 20 mins
  • Serves: 4-6

Ingredient

  • 2 tbsp Simply Natural virgin coconut oil
  • ½ cup organic popcorn kernels

Flavour options:
Sweet

  • 2 tbsp Simply Natural organic coconut nectar sugar powder
  • 2 tsp Simply Natural organic cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Simply Natural French sea salt

OR

Savoury

  • 2 tbsp kombu shiitake powder
  • 3 tbsp Simply Natural organic Chinese 5-spice powder
  • ¼ tsp Simply Natural French sea salt

OR

Spicy

  • 2 tbsp Simply Natural organic curry powder
  • 1 tsp Simply Natural chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp Simply Natural organic dill seeds
  • 1 tsp organic ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp Simply Natural French sea salt
  • ¼ tsp Simply Natural organic coconut nectar sugar powder

OR

New savoury herb mixture

  • 1 tbsp organic thyme
  • 1 tbsp organic onion powder
  • 1 tbsp kombu shiitake powder
  • ¼ tsp ‘Simply Natural’ French sea salt

Method:

  1. Choose a heat source that is able to maintain a stable temp.
  2. Select a heavy bottomed saucepan and add 2 tbsp coconut oil.
  3. Add 4 kernels of popcorn and begin to heat to the correct temperature.
  4. Once the kernels pop, the oil is at the right temperature, remove from heat.
  5. Quickly add the rest of the popcorn and shake the pan to coat them with oil.
  6. Replace on the heat source and wait for the rest of the corn to pop.
  7. When the popping stops, take all the popped corn out and place in a large bowl.
  8. Immediately sprinkle 2 heaped teaspoonfuls over the popcorn while it is still hot.
  9. Distribute evenly stirring through the popcorn and enjoy!

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