Broken bones, blanket forts & nutty salted caramel popcorn

Nutty salted caramel popcorn recipe

We’ve been holed up at Casa Eats World this weekend, unable to escape. This is due mostly to the fact that somebody broke Mr Eats World. Yes, broke. In to pieces. You see, his colleagues had one of those brilliant ideas that only seem to occur to boys that saw him participating in a “team building exercise” where in order to “bond” he and his co-workers were told to race each other at extremely high speeds in go karts.

The ever-obedient Mr Eats World did exactly as he was bid and, embracing his inner Lightning McQueen, fanged it around the track. At high speed. Until he crashed. A lot.

Pretty much immobilised after cunningly fashioning his ankle into a mangled stump, he spent the weekend hobbling about on crutches and sporting a broken finger that has turned such a gruesomely gothic shade of black it’d have Morticia Addams swooning.

He, and we, are lucky, his injuries could have been far worse, but his multiple owies certainly scuppered our plans for the weekend. Did I mention that the only way in or out of our apartment is via steps? 54 of the buggers! Or that mens’ ankle injuries bare an uncanny resemblance to acute man flu? Oh, and that small children tend not to enjoy being cooped up in apartments for days, especially when they can’t leap all over their freshly broken daddy?

But cooped they were so we had to implement our imaginations and enjoy our weekend adventures indoors! And it was exhausting! They’ve trekked across perilous sofas, climbed the steepest dining chairs and swum through a shark-infested moat to reach the “Lost Temple of Netflixia!” – a place formerly known as my living room.

The kids catching up on Netflix

Building a simple blanket fort was never going to cut it for my little adventurers who – inspired by a weekend of the dragon-taming, treasure-hunting adventures they discovered on Netflix’s ever-evolving library of awesome kids movies – fashioned their build-a-fort set into a jungle temple – complete with giant statues, magical amulets, fearsome guards, jungle drums and … disco lights! Because you never know when the urge for a little jungle boogie is going to strike.

The kids palatial build-a-fort proves the perfect spot for catching up on a little netflix

But a weekend of epic quests and dodging of danger can leave one rather hungry so we whipped up a bowlful of the most popular snack in all of Netflixia – nutty salted caramel popcorn. The perfect treat for my nutters… even the big broken one!

Salted caramel Popcorn and netflix

The Recipe
Nutty Salted Caramel Popcorn

1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1tbs olive oil
2 cups caster sugar
125grams unsalted butter
Sea salt flakes
25 grams slivered almonds
25 grams slivered pine nuts.

1. Pre-heat the oven to170 degrees Celsius.
2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan on low-medium heat and add corn kernels. Cover with a lid and swirl over the heat until the kernels are popped.
3. Remove popped corn from heat and spread over a lined and greased baking tray.
4. Place the sugar in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
5. Add the butter and quickly whisk until caramel forms.
6. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss gently using two well-oiled spatulas until the popcorn is fairly evenly coated with caramel.
7. Sprinkle with pine nuts, almond flakes and sea salt.
8. Pop into oven for five minutes, then remove and allow to cool.
9. Once cool, break into bite-size pieces and enjoy!

Disclosure:  As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam we received a years subscription to Netflix, and while I will be posting regular updates about the service, and what tasty treats we scoff while we’re watching it, all opinions expressed will be our own.  

Sharing our TV snacks with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

17 Comments on Broken bones, blanket forts & nutty salted caramel popcorn

  1. HandbagMafia
    August 25, 2015 at 8:00 am (9 years ago)

    Sounds utterly delicious.

  2. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    August 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm (9 years ago)

    My hubby was dying, I mean sick, in bed all weekend and I stuffed my back. I was going to stay home but it was driving me insane so I ended up taking the girls on a hike in the rainforest. Popcorn and Netflixia would have been perfect!

      August 26, 2015 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

      LOL. I prescribe popcorn and adventures in Netflix next time. Might even help the dying, I Mean sick, hubby 😉

  3. EssentiallyJess
    August 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh that sounds like the best popcorn! I’ll have to give that a go next school holidays.

      August 26, 2015 at 9:49 am (9 years ago)

      It’s the best! And really easy. I made another batch (sans nuts) for Sugarpuff for a school party today x

  4. Renee Wilson
    August 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm (9 years ago)

    Honestly, how cute do your kids want to be?! They are adorable and as for that fort – just a little bit impressive. Meanwhile, how good is Netflix? I’m definitely keeping them in business with my addiction. #teamIBOT

      August 26, 2015 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks Renee, they’re certainly imaginative. Netflix is a life saver on a rainy weekend (or when you have a broken hubby!)

  5. MrsDplus3
    August 26, 2015 at 10:35 am (9 years ago)

    Wow being cooped up in your house looks kinda fun. You seem to embrace the mess way better than I would!! x

      August 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm (9 years ago)

      LOL! I usually embrace mess by going postal and threatening to chuck everything in the bin, Robyn. But this mess was inspired! 🙂

  6. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    August 26, 2015 at 11:05 am (9 years ago)

    Oh dear that makes life a lot trickier for you all – especially you! But you did well on that hut and I want that popcorn now!! xx

      August 26, 2015 at 12:35 pm (9 years ago)

      Em, I’m struggling! Mr Eats World is usually a super hubby so am struggling to cope with the extra load. But Calorie-laden popcorn helped 😉

  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 26, 2015 at 6:14 pm (9 years ago)

    So Mr NQN has been trying to tell me how fun gokarting is and now I know that very real injuries can happen. Eek!

    But I like the way you roll. Building a fort is essential when you’re staying in no?

      August 26, 2015 at 6:59 pm (9 years ago)

      I’m sure it is fun. Turns out it’s also kind of dangerous if you have a high speed collision with another out of control kart! But it turns out to be a great excuse to build a fort! x

  8. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    September 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm (9 years ago)

    Yikes, at least you guys were able to have a bit of fun while cooped up at home! Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays 🙂


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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