A cold and comfort food..........

I don't know about you, but I always crave comfort food when I'm not feeling well. Even a simple head cold has me reaching for a bowl of home-made soup and something sweet that I can munch on whilst curled up on the couch under a blanket watching old movies.

My current head cold is no exception, so when I was flicking through the pages of April/May 2011 issue of Donna Hay between blowing my nose and generally feeling sorry for myself, this popped out to me - literally!



Caramel Popcorn


1 tbsp coconut oil | 1/3 cup (80g) popcorn kernels | 15g butter | 1/4 cup raw honey | 1/2 cup caster sugar | 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of (baking) soda


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the kernels and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Lightly shake the saucepan until all the kernels have popped. Transfer to a large bowl. I actually used my air-popper for this process.
  2. Place butter, honey and sugar in a large saucepan over low heat and stir until the butter is melted.
  3. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil for 3-4 minutes or until golden and thickened. Remove from heat, add the bicarbonate of soda and stir to combine. Pour the caramel mixture over the popcorn, mix to combine and spoon onto a lightly greased baking tray to set.
  4. Break into pieces to serve.


With a big pot of tea, this was the perfect medicine for an afternoon of relaxing.

If only I wasn't sick!