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.