Whenever Patrick and I roll into a campsite, I secretly hope that little camp elves have prepared a glass of wine with cheese and crackers for me, and a cold beer with chips and salsa for Patrick. I have yet to find said elves, so for now I guess I will manage with the food supply in our ARB car refrigerator (please roll your eyes at me right now). But in all seriousness, setting up camp when you are tired,
hungry hangry, and have to pee is basically the trifecta of unmet needs, which should be taken very seriously.
This is the perfect opportunity for camping popcorn to swoop in and save the evening AND save your marriage from another setting-up-camp-argument (fellow campers, don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about). Appease and impress your partner with this savory, salty, and scrumptious snack (ridiculous alliteration but I couldn’t help myself). Get a fire going or set up your camp stove and five minutes later you have something tasty to keep the hangry monster at bay.
CUMIN AND CURRY POPCORN
Camping Supplies needed: heat source (fire or propane stove), 2 quart (or larger) pot with lid, oven mitt or towel, measuring spoons
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) popcorn kernels
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon hot madras curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
Heat oil and 2-3 kernels of popcorn over medium heat in a pot with the lid on. When the kernels start to pop, add cumin, curry powder, salt, and remaining kernels. With an oven mitt or towel, continuously move the pot (with lid on) in a circular motion to keep kernels moving and prevent burning while they pop. When about 20 seconds pass without any more popping sounds, remove pot from stove or fire. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Happy camping!