This summer we've had lots of hot humid sticky days which has mean't a lack of interest in heavy food
So when I just couldn't be bothered and fresh fruit just didn't do it for me I've gone back to one of the easiest nicest desserts and at times snacks there is
Good old fashioned Jelly - called Jello in some parts of the world
Here in Australia it comes as flavoured crystals but in England (not sure about anywhere else ) I only remember it coming as flavoured gelatin cubes.
So simple to make - dissolve in boiling water - pop in fridge to set
Takes no effort to eat - it just slides down the throat
Just the thing when you are feeling unwell
Lovely and cold when your body is hot
Fabulous with Ice Cream or Yoghurt
Along with Fruit and Custard and Cake its part of the makings of a Trifle lol
When the children were little I'd often add a tin of mandarin oranges which seemed to stretch it a little further - we happened to have strawberries on hand the other day
So I chopped up a few and added them to the mix
Our fridge lives in the laundry which means the washing machine is close by - the lid makes a great handy bench at times.
I know you can't see it clearly but there is a chopping board on there
Gone are the days of the large jelly mould I'd use when the children were little - you know the sort with the fluted edges - that also needed two packets of crystals so it was firm enough to unmould. The tupperware one was my favourite with a lid so nothing dropped into the jelly in the fridge and changeable bottoms that became the pattern on the top when it was unmoulded.
These days when there is just us two I use these little ramekins as moulds
The dissolved mixture just fits nicely into the four of them and they don't take up much space. .
We tend to eat directly from the little bowls (without tipping it out)
together with yoghurt, cup of tea and a biscuit
but theres nothing to say I couldn't make it look more interesting
chop it up in a bowl - with yoghurt, cup of tea and slightly 'better' biscuits
And then of course I could pull out all the stops and present it like this
Do you make jelly - what do you like to have with your jelly?
Custard, icecream, fruit?
Have you experimented with setting things in it and how did it go?