Once my grandma got a parcel with a package in it which looked like rice ! That was something very special and almost impossible to get. So she opened the bag and cooked the rice, it didn't get soft. She let it boil for hours and the rice was still hard. In short uneatable. She complained to her daughter in the next letter and got the answer from my aunt, she had forgotten to tell her that it was not ordinary rice, but popcorn rice ! She also sent a recipe.
The next parcel arrived at my parents house, and my mother was keen to make the first Popcorn in her life. She followed all instructions and then we waited. Suddenly there was an explosion, the popcorn jumped out of the pot and spread all over the kitchen. She hadn't thought to put a cover on the pot ! My mother and I even had to protect our faces. I found this very funny and could not stop laughing. My mother's expression on her face will forever stay in my memories. We tried to safe what was savable and I ate the first Popcorn of my life. This must have been in 1951. Nobody knew Popcorn and I was so proud to fill in a bag with Popcorn and distributed it to the children playing on the street. We had enough Popcorn ! I loved it very much and my aunt continued to send us Popcorn. My mother never forgot again to put a cover on the pot !
10 years later, Popcorn was sold in Germany too and today you find it in whole Europe. It even became tradition to buy a huge bag in the cinemas and munch it during the movie, which doesn't not always please your neighbor.
PS. I am sorry, I didn't realize that we were already at the letter Q !
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