Archive | September, 2010

Jelly Belly

10 Sep

A work collegue recently attended his grandmother’s funeral which was catered for by the CWA. He raved about the food particularly the Jelly Cheesecake Slice.

This is something that I had not had in years and had almost forgot about it. Jelly Cheesecake Slice used to be sold in bakeries everywhere and always made an appearance at School Fetes.

I found the recipe, strangely enough (yes, sarcasm), on the Aeroplane Jelly website and demanded cash from two of my colleagues for the ingredients, went home,  made it like magic and bought it to work the next day.

It took about 5 minutes.

It looked awful.

I despaired of the taste.

Everyone loved it…

…to an extent

Here is a review that Simon wrote:

What immediately came to my attention with the cheesecake was the wobbly jelly, what I looooooooooooved about it was that it really took me back to my childhood where as a young Australian boy I used to play with  footy with the joeys in the bush. [Simon is from Northern England and is here working on a holiday visa]

The colors were also a welcome site! The contrast between those rich reds and yellows were inspiring.

Texture was tremendous, never have I seen a cheesecake holds its shape so well once cut into. It was like molding clay!

The flavours tho are where it really came into its own, the tartness of the lemon, the sweetness of the red jelly (yet to work out the flavor) and the saltiness of the digestives [See? What Australian born and bred would use ‘digestive’ instead of ‘biscuit’?] led to what can only be described as warm tropical party where flavours on acid got to let their hair down.

Overall 10/10!

Mercy

I think sarcasm is difficult to detect in writing.

Did Simon’s review make you hungry and yearn for this delicious treat? Well you can make it too. Here’s the recipe from the Aeroplane Jelly website:

Ingredients

1 x 85g packet Aeroplane Original Lemon Jelly
½ cup boiling water
500g cream cheese, softened
125g (½ packet) Marie biscuits, crushed
150g melted butter
1 x 85g packet your favourite Aeroplane Original Jelly Flavour
450ml additional water

Method

Dissolve the Aeroplane Original Lemon Jelly in ½ cup boiling water. Allow to cool slightly, then whisk with cream cheese until smooth. Combine the crushed Marie biscuits and butter and press into the base of a 30cm round or square pan. Pour over the cream cheese filling, and then spread evenly to cover the biscuit base. Prepare your chosen Aeroplane Original Jelly flavour according to the pack instructions. Allow to cool to an egg white consistency, and then gently pour over the filling. Set until firm, and then cut into slices.

This is what the slice should look like. Mine did not. I left the jelly for too long in the fridge to cool before pouring it on top of the cheesecake. It was lumpy.*

*Hint: when your boyfriend insists that you should put jelly in the fridge because it will be a lot faster to get it to consistency of egg whites and suggests that you set a timer so you don’t forget about it; SET A TIMER!

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And now it’s time for another ‘Larousse’

8 Sep

This recipe from the ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ would be quite suited for the pirate who is sick of Polly wanting a cracker. Yes, parrot. Pass me the rum!

Parrot (perroquet)

Roast the bird. Pound some peppercorns, lovage, wild celery seeds, roasted sesame seeds, parsley, mint, dried onion and caryota dates with honey, oil and cooked wine. Blend these ingredients thoroughly together. Serve with the parrot.

Luckily my mum has plenty of wild parrots visit her home in the Otways. We feed them by hand so they’ll be nice and fat and easy to catch. I don’t know about you, but I think this parrot looks like it wants to be eaten.


Paperweight

7 Sep

A couple of weeks ago, my partner showed me how to fold an origami crane.

He has created a monster.

What started as a vague idea to make a dozen or so in various sizes and colours to hang from some naked branches to hide a large blank wall has turned into a wavering idea to make one thousand to create some kind of vague sculpture.

So I bought some beautiful paper and night by night I have sat and folded and my little bowl of origami cranes is slowly growing day by day. Soon I will be surrounded by them. Crushed by their tiny paper wings as they scream at me to do something with them. And as the pile creeps ever higher, the realisation of the vagueness of my sculpture idea hits me and I freeze up and fold more cranes.

At first, this was fun; I found it challenging to fold the perfect lines to create the perfect crane and then I find it meditative as I got into the rhythm and was lulled by the beautiful paper and elegant shapes: letting the background fade into nothing. But then I got bored.

I distracted myself by looking up origami websites and taught myself how to make other things, like flowers and animals. I made myself a menagerie of pets that fall over in a slight wind. But I still did not have any idea how to make this sculpture.

I thought about asking my origami pets what to do, but I thought that might make me seem a little crazy. So I asked my real live cat instead. He looked at me, meowed and proceeded to pat my cranes from their perch and bat them around the room. I didn’t think this was a good idea for a sculpture because eventually I would need to walk where he had put the cranes and essentially a sculpture should all be kind of in a corresponding space and not scattered willy nilly around the place and really I was hoping for one large piece not several small ones. So I thanked him for his time and told him to go and have a cat nap and went back to the internet for more distractions.

Origami, I discovered, is quite amazing. There are some seriously incredible pieces out there. I am not very advanced and have difficulty following the instructions and this usually ends in me screwing the paper into frustrated balls and hurling them at my poor, defenseless paper friends.

Here is an origami Jedi that I have never attempted:

Here is a dragon that I am terrified to think about making:

This picture that proves that other people geeks have way more time on their hands than me

Searching for a giraffe diagram as I had recently purchased animal print paper, I came across a website that had diagrams for dinosaurs. Cool! I’ve always had a bit of a thing for dinosaurs so I thought I’d give it a go and tried the easiest one. Mine looked like it had polio. So my partner, finally drawn in by dinosaurs instead of puppies, decided to give it a go. And made it perfectly. That is so irritating.

I tried the next one, which was slightly harder and I got stuck on a difficult fold halfway through, while naturally my partner’s turned out pretty perfectly once again.

I tried one more and it worked. Kind of. It could be better. But I left it at that and made the dinosaurs fight on the mantelpiece while a turtle and a prawn looked on. I guess I still haven’t really grown up.

And I still haven’t decided what to do with my cranes. Oh well, I guess I’ll just keep on folding.