The ultimate movie-night menu, from spiced popcorn to DIY pizzas 

A movie night feast for cosy nights in, from spiced popcorn to delicious mini pizzas 
Remotes at the ready! These action-packed courses are perfect for a night in Credit: Helen Cathcart

We’re getting into cosy-night-in territory now, and whether that means sitting down with the family to devour a box set (Succession is my current obsession), or gathering mates to watch A Star Is Born, it calls for a menu that can be prepped ahead, leaving you free to concentrate on the action.

The spiced popcorn I've shared below is the perfect snack to kick things off. A simple pizza dough, meanwhile, provides a versatile base for DIY toppings. Baby potatoes with rosemary and garlic is one of my all-time favourites (don’t knock the carb-on-carb combo until you’ve tried it), and the salami version is based on one I had at the legendary Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn.

The dough freezes really well so make more than you need and whack a couple of balls in the freezer for your next night in.

And because I believe that homemade ice cream is for everyone (not just those with fancy machines), here’s a no-churn recipe. Another great thing to have in the freezer, though it won’t last long…

Rosie Birkett plans an evening in Credit: Sophia Spring

Spiced buttered popcorn

SERVES 

four as a snack

INGREDIENTS 

  •  ½ tsp cumin seeds
  •  ½ tsp coriander seeds
  •  ½ tsp white sesame seeds
  •  50g salted butter
  •  1 tsp smoked paprika
  •  1 tsp runny honey
  •  1½ tbsp rapeseed or vegetable oil
  •  150g popcorn kernels

METHOD 

  1. Set a large, heavy-bottomed, lidded pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin, coriander and sesame seeds and toast for a couple of minutes, until golden and fragrant. Grind to a powder with a pestle and mortar or spice grinder and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, melt the butter gently, then pour this over the spices and stir in the smoked paprika and honey.
  3. Wipe out the pan and add the oil and popcorn kernels. Season with half a teaspoon of sea salt, put the lid on and place over a medium-to-high heat. When the kernels start to pop, shake the pan every few seconds to get 
the unpopped kernels to 
the bottom. Keep cooking and shaking until the popping slows significantly – about three minutes in total. Turn the heat off and allow to settle.
  4. Tip the popcorn into a large bowl and pour over the melted spiced butter, tossing well to combine it all. Season to taste and serve while warm.