In honour of The Oscars coming up this weekend and my endless love of food and films (or TV – I’m no snob), I decided to make some Oscar worthy snacks. I’ve managed to miss most of the Oscar worthy films in the last year, so I probably won’t have a blind clue what’s going on when I find out about the winners, but that just means I have more to catch up on whilst scoffing this awesome popcorn. Ahhhh just look at it…
Salted maple chocolate popcorn
This recipe was originally inspired by Sarah Wilson, the woman behind I Quit Sugar but took a few twists along the way. To make the coating, I mixed together 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cacao powder and 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup in a pan over a low heat so that it created a smooth sauce. I then added some crushed sea salt to taste. I popped some popcorn kernels in a pan and then stirred in the sauce to cover them all evenly. After the popcorn set in the fridge (admittedly into a giant sheet of chocolate popcorn which needed a bit of breaking up), it was ready to go.
Crunchy spiced chickpeas
These spiced, crunchy chickpeas are a good savoury option. Heat the oven to gas mark 3 (160 C), rinse the chickpeas then lightly dry them. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of spices of your choice – I went for a mix of cayenne pepper and nutmeg, but you could use whatever you like. Bake the chickpeas for 40 minutes or until they’re nice and crunchy.
Strawberries with choconut fondue
This originally started out as an attempt to make sugar free nutella, but when that didn’t work out I decided to front it out, create a chocolate fondue and pretend that was the plan all along. I like experiments that go horribly wrong and result in chocolate fondue.
I heated the oven to gas mark 4 (180 C) and roasted a cup of hazelnuts for 10 minutes. This gets them crispy enough for the skins to just crumble off them when you rub them. Blend these in a food processor with 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup and 1/4 cup of raw cacao powder. I then gently heated the paste with a tin of coconut milk. Chopped strawberries in this warm sauce = lush.
Don’t forget, I love reading your comments and hearing what you think. What are you favourite film foods? Do you have any Oscars picks that I need to watch?