2010年12月8日水曜日

Mayonnaise jelly? No really! And snow pic

Poor Meg. Yesterday when we saw the snow had stuck- not much but stuck nonetheless- I suggested she wear her snowboots. Pair one? Too small. Pair two (they need multiples as you need drying time between wears) the written size said they should fit but her squealing and moaning suggested they might be a little on the snug side.... Pair three? There is no pair three...

So Meg headed off in her rain boots.

Luckily the snow was really just a smattering:



I see we're going to end up with the battle of the bamboo again this year. I would really like to keep it but it does threaten to take out the electricity wires every heavy snow. And I do like electricity....

And the mayonnaise jelly?


Mayonnaise is a bit of a joke around here. K is an addict. He will sit down with a whole cucumber and a bottle of mayonnaise and put a dab on each and every single bite... really.

Me? I don't like mayonnaise. I don't like it in Australia where it at least tastes vinegary and I really don't like it in Japan where it tastes like it should be on the dessert stand.

So it was a surprise to us all when one of my senior students made us this dish and not only did I like it but I liked it enough to make again! And even seeing exactly how much mayonnaise goes in didn't lessen my enjoyment of it.

It really is a very pretty looking dish (bad picture sorry) and because it's kanten it's solid at room temperature so great for parties and pot lucks as you don't need to worry about keeping it warm or cold until you arrive. Bonus!

And now the hard sell is over here's the recipe so you too can enjoy the wonder that is mayonnaise jelly. No really.

900 ml water
2 sticks stick kanten or two sachets powder kanten
1 cup mayonnaise at room temperature (yup, one whoooole cup)
1 cup sugar (yup one whoooole cup ony I couldn't bring myself to do it so used 3/4)
1 carrot finely sliced
1 cucumber finely sliced
6 slices of ham finely diced

Boil water and dissolve kanten and sugar.
Cool until just above room temperature (you don't want the kanten to start solidifying but you don't want it really hot or the mayonnaise will split)
Add the mayonnaise and stir well until it comes together. Be warned before that stage it will look like a right mess. Have faith and keep stirring!
Microwave the carrots until just tender.
Add the ham, cucumber and carrot.
Stir to mix and pour into a dish to set.

Walah!

6 件のコメント:

anchan さんのコメント...

Wow, I might just have to have a go at this out of pure curiosity!

bastish さんのコメント...

I did a report about Japanese eating habits many years ago. I found studies saying that Japanese eat an average of 10 bottles of q-p mayonnaise a year. Since Tomoe and I only eat about one (only when it is added to something when we are eating out) that means someone else is eating at least 25!

Claire さんのコメント...

OMG, that looks as if it must taste awful! I can't believe it's edible.

I'm another one who dislikes mayonnaise, and I get shrieks of "Eeeeeeeehhh? But it's WESTERN!" when I confess to Japanese friends.

Claire さんのコメント...

Sorry, that last comment wasn't meant to refer to your cooking, just the concept! I'm sure it actually tasted great.

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

shit, that's disgusting Heather. I'm going to have to try it though just cause am fascinated by mix of mayo, sugar and kanten. Eeewwww. Oh well, if the family likes it then you're on to a winner.

hub is a mayo with anything person too. Can't eat a piece of broccoli or tomato without it.

thefukases さんのコメント...

anchan- did you try them?

bastish, considering this recipe was my first mayonnaie this year I think I married the right guy as he definitely eats at least two people's worth of QP. 4 bottles go on cucumber season alone....

Claire- no problem. I was very wary when it was first served to me. And yup- the 'but it's Western???' comments and confused faces abound here too!

GW- you just know mayonnaise jelly could only be a Japanese dish, hey?

I really think the way K eats veggies there is no nutritional benefit at all as he nullifies the vitamins with all that fat and sugar!