It’s Friday night in the mountains. I have a big bowl of organic, non-GMO popcorn on my lap and a cup of tea foraged from the Colorado forests in hand. Driving home from walking the dog along the river I spotted a beat up van parked near the brewery with janky lettering on the back, “PeaksforPeace.com” it said. We’re all on some sort of mission, be it peace, humanitarianism, political plunder, or finding the next adrenaline rush. We’ve all got an agenda, be it securing love, fitting in, making that money, or inventing the world’s best non-dairy ice cream.
My current missions including inventing popcorn flavors that do not include butter, a documentary called Phil’s Camino, helping develop the mission for a pilgrimage of sorts called Iron Belles and writing. My agenda includes vegan snacking options, raising money for both the documentary and the Belles and not abandoning Gourmet Gwen readers. My book is due to come out next year, but in the mean time I don’t want to lose all of you wonderful people along the way.
Veganism is one of those agenda items that has consumed me recently. For deeply personal reasons what it comes down to is that I just don’t want to eat animals right now. And that’s all there is to say for the moment.
On June 6-7 Yellow Arrow Coffee, The Speakeasy Theatre, and St. John’s Episcopal Church are hosting Annie O’Neill, producer of Phil’s Camino here in Breckenridge. We will show Annie’s previous film, Six Ways to Santiago, as well host a pilgrim’s breakfast, a mini day on the camino, and a special pilgrim’s mass. We are all very excited to raise funds to get Phil’s Camino out into the world. You can learn more about the film here: Phil’s Camino.
Beth Gleason started a GoFundMe campaign for her mission of getting young girls outside. Next summer she will bike and hike the entire Iron Belle trail in Michigan, in total about 2,000 miles. Part of her mission is get at least three young women and a Physical Educator from each city or county that the trail passes through to join her for a portion of the hike. Not only am all about supporting pilgrimage in any form, but I love that Beth already has a plan to share her empowering journey with other women. Yellow Arrow Coffee will sponsor Beth along the way and I’m hoping to host a proper fundraiser for her this summer. If you’d like to read more about her and the Iron Belles, visit her GoFundMe site.
And on to the book. Wouldn’t you like to know? I’ll just say that it’s coming along nicely. You will get to read it in 2016. It will be a cookbook with stories very much like this blog. I’m excited and scared and nervous and super pumped. Wish me luck.
In the mean time, let’s eat all the popcorn since cheese and eggs and frosting and SPAM are all off the table.
Coconut Curry Popcorn
Ok, so yes I’m going vegan but I’m also trying to stick to a paleoish / whole30ish way of eating. Which means no grains. Popcorn is a grain. But I love popcorn and I love good for the Earth popcorn which can be found at any old market for just a buck or two more. Look for organically grown, non-GMO, probably on the bottom shelf.
4 TBL unpopped corn
3 TBL coconut oil, divided
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 handful unsweetened coconut flakes
In a large pot or skillet over medium high heat add 1 TBL coconut oil. Place the corn in the oil after it melts and cover. When it starts to pop, move the pot around on the stove so the corn won’t burn. Watch it like a hawk. When the popping slows to 2 seconds or so between pops, remove from heat.
In a small bowl melt the rest of the coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds or so. Add the curry powder and salt and give it a stir. Drizzle popcorn with the mixture. Add coconut flakes and toss. Don’t you dare share. I hate sharing popcorn. Enjoy!