Brainstorming pun-y Oscar party food is one of my favorite food-related past times. This year I decided to fill in a few holes in the Feed Me Phoebe recipe archive by adding a couple new Best Picture themed dishes to the mix.
According to Wikapedia, the resource for all of my obscure cuisine queries, Somali cuisine is a melting pot of surrounding areas, including dishes from India, Turkey and Ethiopia. The only thing the pirates in Captain Phillips consumed was copious amounts of the hallucinogenic leaf drug khat. But that proved very difficult to source as a popcorn topping, so I decided to go with some of the traditional spices: cardamom, cumin, and cloves.
Making homemade popcorn is very easy and quick. I used the basic popcorn instructions from Simply Recipes, and then made a little flavored butter with garam masala, an Indian spice mix that includes many of these Somali staples. I made the butter in the microwave and then drizzled it over the freshly popped corn in a mixing bowl. But you can easily remove the popcorn and make the butter mixture in the pot over the stove.