I was thinking I would like to have a little snack this afternoon. Looked through the cupboards... I don't often snack, so there wasn't much to choose from. But I found a bag of microwaveable popcorn. I didn't want anything sweet; thought this would be perfect. Although.... I'm fully aware of the dangers of microwave popcorn and this has been discussed before on this blog. If you would like to read that article please click here.
I've been divorced now for 10 years. My wife used to do most of the cooking in the house, but I've learned a lot since being on my own. I've gone from not even knowing how to make up a box of Kraft Dinner to cooking up some wonderful dinners for my daughter and I. For example.... I can make a steak dinner taste better than anyone else I know! I can cook a ham, chicken, pork-chops, fish, roasts.... Hey! You name it -- I can cook it...
except.... I can't cook microwave popcorn; I've tried for years.
Since my ex and I divorced I'm on my second microwave oven. The first oven was small and slow; about 700 watts. The one I bought after that (and I'm still using) is much faster; it's 1,100 watts. Ha-ha! .... more power....
My daughter has lived with me for years on and off. I bought a package of microwave popcorn (6 packages to the box) one time when she was eight years old. She wanted popcorn. I went ahead and burnt all 6 packages. There wasn't anything we could eat. As a matter of fact, for the next two years, anytime she wanted popcorn on the grocery list, I would buy boxes of 6-12 packages and burn them all.
When she was 10 years old (and yes, I was still buying microwave popcorn) she said she better take the job over. The popcorn she cooked was perfect. She said, "Dad, you have to listen...." And for the next 5-6 years, she cooked the popcorn -- without any problems. We have even had discussions about how to cook it where she explained the procedure out to me!
Three months ago, she decided she would like to try living with her mother again. I've had her steady the last three years. Today, after I decided I wanted a snack, and found the popcorn.... I said to myself: I've had all the instructions. I've lived through the last few years with microwave popcorn successfully cooked in my house. I can do this!!!
I read the instructions! I recall the lessons from my daughter about listening to the popcorn being popped. Then... I went ahead and burnt the last bag in the house.
I'm never buying microwave popcorn again. Besides... it's bad for you.
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