Good Ideas Sometimes Need Work…

Saw these on Pinterest, and thought they looked delicious. There are the words Jelly Shot in the title, and I can see cake and chocolate. So I clicked the pin.

Liquor… it’s not just for gelatin anymore!  With Eat Your Drink™, the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen team is poised to take aim at all the major dessert categories – cake, ice cream, mousse – infusing them with “spirited” fun and frolic! The possibilities are endless!  (You can click on the Eat Your Drink™ section on the right for ready access to these posts.)

We hope you love our opening offering: a mini Boston Cream Pie, with moist delicious yellow cake, vodka-infused filling and a big spoonful of ganache* on top!

OK. It’s a bit “excited!”, but look! It’s their first one!

Keep scanning down. Ingredients.

Cake – 1 yellow cake mix made up as per instructions.
Granache – Cream and a bag of dark chocolate chips
Filling – Box vanilla pudding mix, gelatin, cream and vanilla vodka (finally, an ingredient I can really get behind!)

Look, I know there are people out there who don’t know how to cook. They can’t make a cake, or a pudding, or roast a dinner. But the rest of us, we like the real thing. PLUS, you know, there are acceptable limits for insect parts and animal hair in processed foods, and if that doesn’t put you off using them*, nothing will.

I am still going to make this. I can make a Victoria Sponge, and buy some decent chocolate solids for the ganache. Only I need to know, my American friends, what is Vanilla Pudding mix?

And when I make it, I don’t think I will cut the cake into those delicate little rounds, even though they look gorgeous. I shall make diamonds or squares. Why make cake just to waste some? (yes, I know I could just eat it, but it’s wasted in that it is not making a Boozy Boston Cream Pie)

*ganache – it’s good to see they know the right words to use
*I know I have to eat some processed foods. I do not make my own bread, or yoghurt, or milk my own cow. So I really do limit the amount of stuff that I buy that I can do myself.

Link to JSTK post

I Heart the Internets!

OK.  Why has no one told be about this? 

There I was, looking for a slow cooker (crock pot) recipe for Boston Baked Beans, and the first page I looked at talked about the Great Molasses Flood that swept through part of Boston, Massachusetts on January 15, 1919.

Well, when I had stopped laughing, I thought Oh, surely not.  But yes,  There really was such an event.  And I felt really bad about the laughing, when I realised just what had been involved.

Imagine, there you are, going about your daily business in the Molasses Capital of the Western World (due to slavery and sugar and rum and location) when you hear a boom, then a sound like machine guns firing, then a swoosh and a tide of molasses 15ft high travelling at 35 mph sweeps down the road towards you.  No running from this molasses, no sir!  150 people injured, 21 dead, and uncounted numbers of horses and other animals, glazed to death in a sea of stickiness.

A tank containing an estimated 2.5 million gallons of molasses – and that is one hell of a lot of sweet sticky stuff – burst.  Probably due to the temperature rising quite steeply on that day.  The company blamed Italian anarchists, and claimed the tank had been blown up.  Sabotage!  But they lied (now there's a surprise!) and were fined $1,000,00 for lack of care. 

It took weeks months to clear up. 

And I only found out because I wanted to make some nice Beans.  The internets is, indeed, a truly wondrous place.

Here is the Snopes page about it.

The map shows the area of the disaster.

Now, if only I could find a place to download Intruder by Peter Gabriel, my life would be – not complete, but happier!

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