Holiday comfort food

Hello December! Now that the chilly weather is setting in, it makes staying inside all the more appealing!

I love cooking up warm winter foods during the holidays, it brings a level of comfiness to the home.

I usually whip up a yummy veggie soup and that’s actually how this recipe started out. I ended up taking a turn and making a chicken veggie curry that’s so delicious even my toddler ate some. I’m also sharing a yummy after dinner snack that the whole family can enjoy, crunchy caramel popcorn!

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 brown mushrooms
  • 1 L veggie broth
  • 1/2 bunch spinach
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • A splash of milk
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • Curry powder
  • Cumin
  • Salt & Pep
  • Cayenne
  • Chilli powder
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 cups rice

Steps:

Chop up all vegetables then put them into a large pot. With the pot on medium, fry up the veggies with all of the spices.

Once the veggies are nice and soft, add the vegetable broth and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add flour to the mixture and stir.

Chop up chicken breasts and fry in a separate pan. Once fried, add to veggie pot and mix all together.

While doing this, start cooking the rice per package instructions (all rice is different)

If the curry sauce is looking too thick, add a splash of milk to thin it a bit!

In a bowl, add rice and pour curry sauce over top. Garnish with some cilantro and you have a delicious chicken curry!

Crunchy caramel popcorn

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup popcorn kernels

Steps:

Start off by popping the popcorn, we use a machine that I got for my birthday one year, it works wonders! Here’s a similar one: Popcorn machine

Line parchment paper on a flat baking sheet and spread out popcorn evenly, this way all the corn gets a caramel drizzle!

In a small pot, add butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil on medium heat. Cook on medium for 5 minutes without stirring and at the 4 minute mark, add the vanilla and at the 5 minute mark, add the baking soda. Once you add the baking soda, it will start to fluff up and turn a lighter brown, that’s what you want. Stir so it doesn’t boil over!

When the caramel is done, pour overtop of the popcorn and fold with a spatula (not your hands) Place baking sheet into the oven and continuously move around so it doesn’t burn. Continue doing so for about 10-15 minutes or until you’re pleased!

Let cool before serving

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