Monday, January 25, 2010


Maybe morning is the wrong time to free an aspic from its mold.
Maybe anytime is the wrong time to free an aspic from its mold.
Maybe a molded aspic is just wrong.

But, damnit Vonlipi & Barbara, here you are, a molded salad! It's vegan - as there was no can of tuna in the pantry to embellish the aspic - and easy.Easy Tomato Aspic
[from Good Housekeeping's Book of Salads (c)'58]
Early in day: [or in my case, late on a Sunday night] Dissolve 1 pkg lemon or orange-flavored gelatin in 1 1/4 cups hot water; add 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce, 2 tablesp. vinegar, 1/2 teasp. salt, dash pepper**. Mix well [hold your nose]. Pour into 2 straight-sided glasses [or a kickass spiral mold]. Refrigerate until firm.

To serve: Unmold [which consists of submerging in a warm water bath for a matter or seconds to avoid a melty mess]; cut into slices.

**For a nauseating visual effect, I added sliced olives and cubed cucumber to the bottom of the mold with a few spoonfulls of the aspic and let it set in the icebox for an hour [next to the bowl of remaining aspic]. When the timer summoned, I dashed to the kitchen and poured the remainer of the aspic in the mold. When I freeded it from the mold's copper clutches this morning two words came to mind: blood clot. Yummmmmugh.

I'm not sure how it would taste on toast, and I'm not sure I'll try today...

Next on my challenging list of to-dos? A drizzled bunt for Stan and some funky cupcakes for Rachel. My pleasure. And hey, if you prefer your molds sweet, check out my chocolate chiffon dessert from last fall...


  1. Oh my, that looks... interesting.
    And you sell it so well with the words - 'blood clot'.
    Maybe you could market it to today's vampire obsessed youth? :D

  2. That is a seriously horrifying thing. I think you nailed it... Omg. Thats awful

  3. I was okay with it until you mentioned blood clot. Think I'll wait for the drizzled bunt.

  4. Yeah, it does look like congealed blood. Yum...
    But...have you tasted it??

  5. Well, it sure is a pretty color!

  6. Thank you! The spiral mold makes it! It does look like congealed