I consider myself to be a pretty decent cook.  I am, of course, my mother’s daughter.  Also, I like to cook.  I am organized in my menu planning and shopping.  I have a working-knowledge of food, ingredients and many basic recipes.

But… sometimes recipes just don’t go as planned.  I (ahem) recently had one of those days!

Since beginning my gluten-free, dairy-free diet a few weeks ago, I’ve had to make some cooking/snacking changes.

The other night, I decided to make some homemade caramel-corn.  (Has to be homemade because most of the boxed stuff contains milk products.  Welcome to my life.)

Here’s how my night went:

I started by popping popcorn in olive oil on my stove.  (I do this at least once a week.  Got it down to an art.  No issues yet.)

I then salted the popcorn…

…and set it aside.

Next, I melted a little margarine in the bottom of the pot I just made the popcorn in.

Then, I dumped in 2/3 cup of white sugar.

When the sugar began to heat up, I started stirring.  And stirring.

And stirring.

And stirring…

But then, presto-change-o, the sugar became caramelized.

I quickly added a few tablespoons of water and a little more margarine.

At this point, things started heading south.  Like really far south…

Instead of being able to pour my beautiful, smooth caramel onto my warm, salty popcorn…

I ended up with very, very hard balls of sugary caramel mixed with fluffy popcorn.

Ummm…

No clue where I went wrong!  Maybe when the water was added?

I promise this won’t be my last attempt, but this event did not go down in history as my greatest culinary feat…

Anyone want to come over for popcorn?!

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