Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Time is a Circle
This time of year always seems the coldest to me. I'm not used to wearing all my winter clothes and I'm stingy about turning on the heat. It gets dark early, making my evening dog walks either a night time adventure or more likely just skipped all together. The change in season puts us in mind of the darker parts of life like death and disease and economic misfortune (or maybe that's just the news).
But the Death Moon, like winter itself is not all dark and dreary and sad. Here in Portland we've been lucky enough to enjoy the last few gorgeous autumn days with brilliant gold and red leaves. I'm looking forward to the fun of Halloween and shortly after that we get to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the time of year to take stock of your pantry and your craft supplies, making sure you have what you need for those long, dark nights. It's a time for popcorn and movies and snuggling together.
Popcorn is a wonderful evening treat for these first dark nights. The corn seems to transform from compact little kernels to fluffy white treats through some kind of magic. The butter fat and spicy chile powder helps you stay warm and eating out of a bowl together is a cozy evening activity.
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1/2 cup un-popped popcorn kernels
4 tbs butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4-1/2 tsp mild chile powder (I like New Mexico)
Pop popcorn either in an air popper or in coconut oil on the stove top. While it is popping melt the butter in a toaster oven, small saucepan or (gasp) the microwave. When the popcorn is popped and the butter melted place the popcorn in a paper bag. Drizzle some of the butter over top, sprinkle some salt and chile over it and shake the bag to distribute the seasonings. Drizzle the rest of the butter and more salt or chile as necessary (sprinkle a little bit of garlic powder or hot chile powder too!).
Pour into a large bowl and share with one or two of your favorite people.
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Like the sunflower plant that has to die back for it's seeds to finish ripening, winter is necessary for spring to come again. It may be cold, and it may be dark, but would you enjoy the long evenings of summer without it? What are you doing to honor the change this month? What is keeping you warm?