27 August 2008

Popcorn and Politics

This morning was spent simply. After T went off to work, we continued to lounge in our jammies and had some great video calls to the States via skype. Then, we prepared to party along with a huge crowd in the USA. 

The kids enjoyed pretending to be popcorn kernals, popping in unison with those in the kettle on the stove. I made a strong brew of decaf french press and, after the popping extravaganza finished, we carried both my coffee and the steaming bowl of popcorn directly to the television set. And, from there we waved our "pretend" flags and clapped along every time the crowd did (and there's a lot of clapping!). We were moved by video images of a young man making his way in the world and growing into a presidential contender. "Mommy, its a party!" the kids proclaimed. And, there we sat, kids clapping, mama listening for the next hour as Barack Obama spoke to this year's Democratic National Convention. 

We spent Tuesday morning in a very similar fashion, as Hillary addressed the world. The kids got their first taste of US politics this week and I enjoyed a moment of realizing how small the world can sometimes feel. From half-way around the globe, the importance of this morning's speech was not lost.

Cooking in Thailand, entry no. 6:
Curried Popcorn
Delicious no matter what your political opinion!

4 cups popcorn, popped
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon mild curry powder (any variety)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Mix the spices together. Toss the popcorn with butter, stirring well. Add the spice mix and toss until lightly coated. (Enjoy with extra napkins by your side!)

1 comment:

  1. Popcorn is my favorite snack. Boy did you hit a home run with this recipe. It's going to be a rainy weekend...This recipe will sustain me through multiple movies.


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