So, this wasn't my best ever...

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.


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?!

F.G.A. (v. 2.0)

Bring your umbrella, or maybe some sunscreen?