An Anisa and Ryan Collaboration

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Drop what you’re doing because I bring you HEALTHY caramel corn!

Yes, healthy.

Nutritious, even.

Oh mama!

A few months ago, I went on what I’d hoped to be, a romantic date to the cinema. I happened to be early and he happened to be running late so I decided to purchase our tickets and a large sized popcorn in order to make a good impression (everyone loves popcorn right?). Unfortunately, the first thing he said to me when he finally arrived was: “oh YUCK, popcorn” (guess he missed the straightened hair, painted nails, new dress – whatever). Long story short, turns out Mr. wrong used to work at the cinema and one of his responsibilities included making copious amounts of popcorn. However; it wasn’t the idea of popcorn or the thought of the task that disgusted him but rather the actual popcorn itself. Apparently, commercial corn is horrifyingly unhealthy as it is packed with extensive amounts of butter and salt. In the end, he didn’t eat any popcorn and instead bought himself an ice cream. Awkward, is an understatement.

My rather unpleasant experience with commercial popcorn has inspired me to create this tasty and guilt-free caramel corn recipe which is also naturally free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar:

popcorn:
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 tbsp coconut oil

caramel sauce:
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
1/4 cup almond milk

In a deep pot melt 1 tbsp coconut oil on medium-high heat

Place two popcorn kernels in the pot and close the lid. Once the two kernels pop, the oil is hot enough to pop the rest.

Open the lid and add the remaining kernels. As the kernels start to pop, shake the pot occasionally and more vigorously as the popping increases

When ready, transfer popcorn to a bowl and set aside to cool

In a small saucepan melt 2 tbsp coconut oil on low heat

Add the honey and almond milk and stir to mix evenly

Let the mixture boil for about 6 minutes without stirring

Take off heat and stir vigorously – this part is truly magical; suddenly the bubbles disappear and before you the most fragrant caramel sauce appears! You’re welcome.

Drizzle over popcorn and toss to coat evenly

Place popcorn bowl in freezer for 10 minutes

Remove from freezer and brake into smaller pieces using your hands.

Hide it in your purse, take it with you to the movies and watch…

GONE GIRL

WORDS  RYAN PATRICK

“You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s … gone”. My feelings exactly while pawing desperately at the left-over crumbs of anisa’s addictive caramel corn as well as the tagline to what is sure to be, one of 2014’s most talked about films. Gone Girl stars Ben, soon to be Batman, Affleck and Rosamund, holy crap where did this amazing actor come from, Pike but the biggest star of this film is definitely director David Fincher. Most recently he made coding cool with The Social Network and made your parents uncomfortable with the English language The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However; he initially gained a cult following by Brad Pitt star makers Se7en, and Fight Club. Infamous for his intensive pre-production, post-production and demanding shoots, Fincher has rightfully gained a rep as one of the truest perfectionists in film today. And Gone Girl only further adds to his already stunning filmography (we’ll let Alien 3 slide). Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, Gone Girl stylistically portrays the thrilling unravelling of a husband as he attempts to uncover the truth about his wife’s disappearance. Flynn also wrote the screenplay for the film bringing her sardonic view of upper middle class America to the screen. Her script is twisted and appalling and horrific and so absolutely freakin’ entertaining. Make sure you visit the bathroom before entering the theatre because, trust me, there is NO point in this film that you will be able to take your eyes off the screen! Gone Girl is best described as a tangled web of modern day mystery with an intriguing side-story delving into the mad world of American media and crime. Intrigued, captivated and disturbed all at the same time, you’re bound to forget the healthy popcorn you brought along… sorry Anisa. GO SEE IT!

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