Salted popcorn caramel in a jar
The last thing I wanted was to write my second post from the hospital.
After I managed to take care of myself close to 33 years without being hospitalized, this time it happened, and no, it's not a birth.
Waiting time for surgery was a month. Food, I only thought of food at this time; writing recipes and taking pictures made me feel better all this time; this made me forget about the waiting time and, generally speaking, thinking about the surgery.
My medical story began six months ago. An ultrasound examination showed a not so nice nod in my thyroid. After followup, it was decided to remove half a lobe of my thyroid in a surgical procedure.
Surgery?! I do not know what that is. Infusions?? The scariest thing in the world! Nights I could not sleep, the fear, the worry, what if I do not wake up from anesthesia, how much is it going to hurt, what will be the size of the scar?
I decided not to think about the operation until one hour before surgery, and I succeeded. I was able to devise new recipes, plan a new series of photographs on the subject of fairy tales (will be posted in the blog in a few months).
The planning was interrupted by the surgeon, who said we should start the preparations for surgery. My God, I was so frightened. Slowly I went into the operation room, trying to see what it looks like, but they took away my glasses… So everything was blurry and I could not see well. On second thought, maybe it was better this way.
The next thing I remembered was being in the recovery room, full of zombies (just like me) who said incoherent things.
They took me back to the room after a few hours. After a very difficult night in which I could not sleep at all, morning came, and with it, dealing with new pains. Oh, how much pain I felt; how sorry I felt for myself; it was pathetic.
But that’s it! It is over and I returned home; or rather, to watch TV, which has become my best friend.
All the series I wanted to watch and I postponed because of my work, I finished watching during my recovery period.
So, what did I make myself as a snack while watching TV? I made salty caramel popcorn (this dessert is addictive, don’t say I did not warn you), and jars of mixed oatmeal cookies, white chocolate and cranberries, a gift for the nurses at the otorhinolaryngology (ENT) department at the hospital.
Salted caramel popcorn
250 grams of corn
2 cups of light brown sugar
1 cup of light corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
Heat a little oil in a large saucepan, add the corn, sprinkle with salt to taste and cover the pot immediately.
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until you no longer hear the sound of popcorn popping. Remove from the stovetop and place the popcorn in a separate bowl.
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees centigrade.
Heat in a large saucepan the butter and sugar on medium heat and gradually add the corn syrup. After 5 minutes, when everything melts into a thick liquid, remove from heat, add the baking soda and stir.
Pour the boiling caramel o the popcorn and stir well, so that the caramel coats all the popcorn.
Line a baking pan with baking paper and spread the caramel popcorn on it.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until the popcorn dries and turns golden brown.
Oatmeal cookies with white chocolate and cranberries
About 25 cookies
100g white chocolate - white chocolate coins are recommended
100g light brown sugar
120 grams of oatmeal
100g dried cranberries
½ teaspoon of baking powder
30 g melted butter
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
In a deep bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Add the egg and melted butter and continue mixing. Add the cranberries and white chocolate to the mixture.
Make balls, about 2.5 cm in diameter.
Line a baking pan with baking paper and arrange the balls at a distance of 3 cm from one another.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.