by Amanda Kahn
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! In the spirit of the holiday, when families get together for a delicious feast and to share in each other’s company, I’ve started a new, periodic post for the blog: Recipes From Bamfield! In reality, and as mentioned in a previous post, it is very possible to get anything you need in Bamfield. There are two general stores where you can ask for anything to be special ordered, you could drive out to Port Alberni in just a few hours, or you could order groceries from Safeway to be delivered on the Frances Barkley, a ship that comes into Bamfield on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
That being said, on most days people just make do with what they have. And one day, I had a fierce wish for some kettle corn. There are no farmers markets in Bamfield, so no vendors that make kettle corn in huge vats. So I looked up how to make kettle corn on the internet and discovered that 1) I had all 3 ingredients required for it, and 2) it is dangerously easy to make!
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, stir in the sugar and popcorn. Cover, and shake the pot constantly to keep the sugar from burning. Once the popping has slowed to once every 2 to 3 seconds, remove the pot from the heat and continue to shake for a few minutes until the popping has stopped. Pour into a large bowl, and allow to cool, stirring occasionally to break up large clumps.
Oh my gosh, it was so easy! And perfect–popcorn kernels are available in the west side general store, while sugar and oil are available at both stores. We ate this with lunch, then made it again in huge quantities for a movie night while watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, then again for someone’s birthday. Then again. And again…