It’s a two part challenge! Either create a dish that relies on borrowed ingredients, or create a dish that involves the color blue. Bonus points if you can achieve both!
If you've read any of our previous posts you might remember that in our home we love cinnamon, we love jams and jellies, we love maple syrup, and we love blueberries. So it was without hesitation that we find a recipe with blueberries for this Challenge but we found it in an odd place - in an Orange Vanilla Parfait recipe in the July/August/September 1951 issue of CBS Homemakers Exchange Recipes.
Having now made 18 recipes from our booklets from 1950 and 1951 we have seen that the ingredients are always made with simple ingredients, the preparation is very straightforward, there is always more time involved than in modern food preparation, but the results are always flavorful and worth every minute of time put into them. So we trust this will be the same although I find out one incredible fact - Patrick has never eaten plain Jell-O. How can this be? How can someone born in the 1950s never have eaten Jell-O??????? We may have been married almost a quarter of a century but I'm still learning!
Our ingredients - simple.
Our preparation - straightforward.
Now the Jell-O has to chill until firm which, made the original way, takes about 4 hours.
The Challenge is called "Something Borrowed, Something Blue". While we didn't borrow any ingredients from our neighbors we did borrow some of their time while we went on our recent trip. They took care of our Betta, Dennett. He was a gift from our assistant managers when we retired and we named him in their honor. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors!
While we're waiting for the Jell-O to firm in the refrigerator, Patrick makes lunch. A pork tenderloin with garlic, basted and served with a honey, soy, stone-ground mustard, and rosemary sauce. We love it and our puppy, Tasha, looks like she would like to try it as well.
We've had lunch and the Jell-O is firm and now it's time to prepare our parfaits. We cube the Jell-O and then try several layering options.
In the end we most like this option and serve ourselves Orange Vanilla Parfaits.
These could be pretty with a number of different fruits and different flavored Jell-O. I can see these in vanilla pudding with blueberries and strawberry Jell-O for the next Independence Day celebration. Four thumbs up for flavor and eye appeal from us!
The "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" is a part of wedding tradition and was significant to Patrick's parents when they married on June 23, 1946. Since Patrick's father had served in World War II and funds were tight for everyone, Patrick's mother borrowed her wedding dress. It was a glorious day and she looked radiant!
February is also the month Patrick and I were married. We married on February 29, 1992. That's right, Leap Year Day!!
Patrick and Jeanette