That Yummy, Fluffy, Puffy White Stuff (^^)/

What is something (an edible something) that you could not live without?  Some type of food that if the doctor told you, “I’m sorry, but if you keep eating (fill in the blank), you will experience major health issues!” you’d continue eating it anyway?

For me, it’s POPCORN!!  🙂

That Yummy Fluffy White Stuff

That Yummy Fluffy White Stuff!!

I have loved popcorn for as long as I can remember!  Growing up, my mother made popcorn every Saturday night.  From 7:30pm, we’d be watching a show called “Quiz Derby”.  It was a 30-minute quiz show that we’d watch as a family every week.  It was a show like this…

At about 7:45, she’d go into the kitchen and start cooking.  You could hear her shuffling around, the “clank” of the lid on the popcorn pot (which was actually a tempura pot that she used for popping popcorn) and a few minutes later, you could hear pops… a few at first and then continuous stream of sound.

The quiz show would end and, just like clockwork, my mom would walk into the living room, sit down on the floor next to me with a BIG bowl of popcorn and our favorite Saturday night show would begin.

In my mind, it was like this:  popcorn = “Hachi ji Dayo! Zeiin Shuugou!” (“It’s 8 o’ Clock! Everyone, come together!”) and vice versa

For those of you who grew up in Japan, here’s a nostalgic clip for you.  For those of you who grew up in other places, this is the variety/comedy show we watched every Saturday night at 8pm.

So, through the laughter and singing along with the top-selling hits of the time, you could smell that wonderful warm smell and hear the crunch of popcorn!

Nowadays, there are so many different types, so many different flavors.  But for me… put it in a big bowl, just sprinkle a little salt on the top and… perfection!  🙂

Do you have a popcorn story/memory?  What’s your favorite flavor?


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keith
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 13:09:03

    OH MY WORD!!! That is EXACTLY what our family would do on Sunday nights. My dad would make popcorn with his popcorn maker (on the stove). We would watch “Nihon, mukashibanashi” then what ever kids animated show was on (remember Rascal the Raccoon?). After that – mom would usually make a sandwich of some sort and we would sometimes watch some other show, or a movie while “doing homework.”


    • Birdie
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 14:27:53

      Honto ni?! That’s so neat that the same thing was going on at your house AND at my house in Kanagawa! 🙂 Yes, “Nihon Mukashibanashi” was on from 7pm… then “Quiz Derby”. (I think Rascal was on from 6:30.) Always wanted to watch “G-Men” from 9pm, but I had to go to bed.


  2. keith
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 14:14:04

    G-men – YES!! My mom was a big fan of G-Men so we watched that as well. I didn’t always understand what was going on, but I did find it interesting. I don’t remember watching Quiz Derby at all. I think there was a singing/music show on Sundays as well? A competition of sorts? or maybe it was just the top songs of the week. hmm – i can’t remember.


    • Birdie
      Feb 23, 2012 @ 17:36:09

      Not sure about Sunday night programs because we went to the Zama Chapel for Vespers Service. (Sometimes my youngest brother and I could convince my parents to wait to leave after the Gacchaman opening theme song finished. 🙂 ) Curious about the music show… will check into it. 😉


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