I found a recipe a few years ago from Martha Stewart where she made her own jello from gelatin and juice. I made it and it tasted fantastic. None of that sugary, fake stuff from your childhood. It was jello for adults. It opened up my world. I ran with it and I’ve been experimenting with different juices ever since. I found Mango Lemonade in Trader Joe’s this week and though how wonderful that would taste. My boyfriend gets really excited for all things mango. When I told him that I was making a dessert that was packed with mango goodness, he was thrilled. He could barely wait the 4 hours for it to chill. It was worth the wait because it’s really that good.
2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
2 cups mango lemonade (from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup sugar
2 ripe mangos, roughly chopped
In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup juice; let soften 2 to 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat sugar with another 1/4 cup juice in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in softened gelatin until dissolved, then stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups juice.
Place mangos in a 4-by-8-inch (6-cup-capacity) loaf pan; pour gelatin mixture over, pressing mangos gently to submerge completely.
Refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours.
To remove from pan, run hotwater over base of pan for about 5 seconds. Invert onto a serving platter, and shake firmly to release. Slice to serve.
The closest I ever got to the Academy Award show was when I lived in Hollywood and could walk to the Kodak Theater. All the festivities were almost completely blocked from my view. I got lucky and managed to find a whole in the fence to peep through. Even then I was so far away the only thing I could see were people the size of ants moving around. This is why I will be watching the Oscars from my couch. I will be dreaming about the gown I would wear if they would just let me past the fence and onto the red carpet. Here’s a glimpse into my dreams.
(clockwise from upper left) Emerald Earrings by Abhaas, Red Dress by Marchesa, Gold Bangles by Cara Accessories, Snake Ring by Isharya Winding, Snake Bangle by Jenny Bird, Shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, Clutch by Alexander McQueen