Dilly Garlic Popcorn

Adapted from Thug Kitchen Recipe Book (appeared in the summer 2016 The Chronicle)

I am a huge fan of potato chip type snacks but never seem to have a bag around just when I need them most. This popcorn recipe can be whipped up faster than I can run out to grab something, and is probably more delicious than anything I could have gotten. Plus it is extremely cheap, organic, and there is no chip bag garbage. Why? Because all the ingredients can be bought in bulk from Karma!

This summer snack goes well with other fun and cheap/free things such as watching outdoor summer movies or a baseball game at Christie Pits. Movies play every Sunday night this summer from June 26 to August 28 and are PWYC (for more info go to www.christiepitsff.com) and the Intercounty Baseball League Team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, have home games every Sunday at 2:00 pm from May 22 to July 31 for free (for more info go to mapleleafsbaseball.com).

Herb topping

Makes 10-15 popcorn batches. Make ahead of time and keep in a jar with your spices.

1/2 cup nutritional yeast (~ $0.40)

1/4 cup each of dried dill, basil, and garlic powder (~ $2.25)

2 tsp. salt

Popcorn

Makes about 7 cups. Make per serving or keep in a container for a few days.

1 1/2 tbsp sunflower oil (~ $0.20)

1/2 popcorn kernels (~ $0.40)

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil (~ $0.40)

Total cost for each batch is ~ $1.25

• Heat sunflower oil and add kernels when hot (you can put a few kernels in at the beginning; when they pop, it is ready!)

by Morgan Johnson