In addition to my other childhood lunch favorites:
I have wonderful memories of this incredibly simple, satisfying meal – tomato soup with popcorn. Don’t laugh! It’s creamy, salty, slightly sweet and utterly splendid. As a child, my mom would heat up a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup (you know, the one in the commercials) and make a popper full of fresh popcorn. I remember dropping handfuls of fluffy white popcorn into the hot soup, watching it shrivel up as it absorbed the salty moisture. The crispy kernels lent a crunch to the dish, as well as some heft.
Well, Mom, I don’t have a popcorn popper, but I made do with what I had, a bag of lightly buttered popcorn from Target:
and a can of Amy’s Cream of Tomato Soup spiced up with freshly ground pepper, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and oregano:
I know this sounds like a crazy combination, but I hope you’ll give it a try. And honestly, who doesn’t enjoy an excuse to have popcorn for lunch?
Do you like any strange food combinations?