Thursday, October 9, 2008


Sometimes I find I just have to cook a recipe I have seen, in a book, or from a magazine. Usually it is because of a tempting photograph of the finished dish, or simply the list of ingredients tells me that when put together it will produce a finished dish which will taste wonderful, at least that is the theory. Fortunately for the most part it also the case.
Sometimes I see a recipe I just have to try because I don't believe how it could possibly work or even taste good. Here is one of these recipes which was listed as a salad, but certainly no type of salad with which I am familiar. There are only 4 ingredients, one of which is boiling water!


1 6oz pkg lemon jello (Jelly for non Americans)
1 lge can pears
1 pkg cream cheese
1 cup boiling water

Put everything in blender and mix until smooth. Pour into mold and place in refrigerator until chilled. Turn out of mold.

Yes it is that simple.

I decided a big part of enjoying food is the appearance, and this seemed to me as if it needed as much help as it could get, so I poured it into my best Williams & Sonoma mold, and waited. It dropped out of the mold beautifully, with the aid of a little dip in hot water. And there it was. It looked fantastic, but the big test was in the flavour. Lemony, yes. Smooth, yes. Delicious, not quite but I do have to say it was much better than anticipated which was good. I can't say I would ever serve it as a salad but I think it would make a good dessert, or a good dish for children. So before you decide something will not taste good maybe it is worth the experimenting. You never know what you might find.


Steve Ballmer said...

Very good blog people!

Coby said...

I think the last 'salad' I saw like this was from Paula Deen (?). I am curious why it's termed a salad I must say. Having that pretty shape helped make it look like something in the photo, but as long as it tasted good, that's all that matters:)