Is Mushroom Powder your secret ingredient?
|Mushroom powder brings pow! to popcorn|
If Thai fish sauce is liquid umami in a bottle, this is powdered umami in a jar, and an indispensable tool in your kitchen arsenal. - Michelle Tam, Nom Nom Paleo
Chinese 5-Spice (plus more) Popcorn
Popcorn is definitely a go-to snack these days... And not just any popcorn, this popcorn has the previously unexplored combination of Chinese 5-spice powder and ground porcini mushrooms. Sounds like a rescue remedy from chinese medicine? wait and see.The blog where I discovered this carried the following quote, the context of which I did not understand
"A desire would arise and, concurrently, the satisfaction of that desire would also arise. It was as if (a) I longed for a certain (heretofore untasted) taste until (b) said longing became nearly unbearable, at which time (c) I found a morsel of food with that exact taste already in my mouth, perfectly satisfying my longing."
-from Escape from Spiderhead in Tenth of December by George Saunders
It wasn´t until I had actually made the popcorn and tasted it as part of a Saturday evening TV dinner that it started to make sense to me......
1/2 cup kernels
2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon ground dried porcini mushrooms
1 teaspoon garlic powder
finely ground salt, to taste
In a small bowl, stir together the black pepper, Chinese 5-spice powder, nutritional yeast, ground mushrooms, garlic powder, and salt. Set aside.
Pour enough oil to cover the bottom of a large pot. Place over medium heat. Add three kernels of popcorn and cover pot with lid. Once those have popped, add the 1/2 cup of kernels. Shake the pot frequently. Once the popping has stopped, take off heat. Drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle the seasoning mix. Stir to ensure even coating of the popcorn. Adjust salt to taste.