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May 21, 2012

The Olympic flame and I were in Taunton today, but this was pure coincidence. The streets were closed, there was a nice atmosphere  – stalls selling stuff, live music and school children playing wheelchair football, among other things, in the streets. Seemed as if someone had organised something. Well done Taunton.

Things are looking up weather wise too . It’s beginning to feel a bit like summer. Warm, blue sky, sunny –  however,  it’s Rella’s birthday on Sunday and traditionally it’s cold, and often wet, on her birthday. It’s always a bit of a tense time – can we have a party in the garden? A day on the beach? Or do we have to go to the cinema.  We’re keeping our fingers crossed. (Rella’s ignoring the whole thing and has gone to Bristol for a few days to live a life of debauchery with her student friends).

Arlo and I were thinking of things to cook for the birthday and I made some popcorn in the microwave to aid the thought process. It’s another reason to have a microwave. You don’t need to buy microwaveable popcorn, you can just use ordinary stuff. Put a tablespoonful  in a paper bag and fold the top over a few times to make sure the steam doesn’t escape.

Microwave on high for 2,  maybe 3,  minutes – you’ll hear it popping – then take it out. Almost all the kernels pop – which doesn’t happen with the duck popcorn maker we have.

The popcorn mustn’t be too old though. I think microwaves work by heating the water molecules in things so if the popcorn’s too old or dry it won’t be so effective. As ever I might be talking rubbish though…

I wasn’t quick enough to take a photo – most of it went before it was cooled (and it had no added flavourings at all).

The plate is what my father always refers to as the “tick plate” – charming. Makes food taste so much better.


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