Some things are just plain WRONG.

At lunch today, we were talking about retro foods and the topic of Jello molds came up. That led us to the horrifying topic of savory jello. Yes, I’ll repeat that.


All I can picture is an entire chicken suspended in Jello.

And then one of the girls sent around a link to this website that has pictures – terrible, terrible pictures – of some Weight Watchers cards from the 70s.

You think you’ll be prepared for the horrors that await you. ‘Anne,’ you’ll say, ‘what could these recipes possibly be? Surely you are exaggerating.’

Three words: Fluffy Mackerel Pudding. (Clicking on the arrows will take you to other abominations.)

Bon appetit!


Human beatboxxery

By god, it took me nearly as long to figure out how to post these as it did to make it, but finally, I did it!

Anyway, as many of you may (or may not) know, I like music. I have a minor in music, but I don’t play any instrument well enough to perform any sort of pop music or anything. All I can do is sing…tolerably well.


Here is the full version of the song in the Volkswagen advert I posted earlier – One Million Miles Away by J. Ralph:

And here’s mine:

Be kind – keep in mind that a) as a rule, I don’t sing for people as an individual and b) all I had to use was my computer and a microphone (and a musical and technical advisor in the form of my dad). Everything you hear there is me – there are about six measures in one line that I applied an effect to in an attempt to try and make it more interesting, but other than that…it’s just me.

ETA 5/10/09: Rawr! Stupid musicwebtown. Working on it!

Re: my recent internet silence

Never fear – I have not forgotten you. There has been an ill-fated brownie attempt – there would have been pictures, but my carob powder chose to run amok and, while I will be eating these, they do not meet my standards for sharing with others. But mostly I have been busy watching QI and working on a Sooper Sekrit Project. I will give you a hint.

And, no, it’s nothing to do with a wedding. :p

Michael Chiarello would be proud…

Allow me to introduce my sooper sekrit special ingredient…

Meyer lemons! (I forgot to take a picture of mine, so I had to steal one from Purdue’s horticulture website.) I was at the market the other day to pick up some normal lemons and there they were, happily sitting in the next bin as though they’d always been there. Having never even seen a Meyer lemon before, I literally gasped outloud and promptly bought a bag without knowing exactly what I’d use them for.

I just had to have them.

So I thought. What to make with these lemons, these treasures, these rare beauties? Martha Stewart has a recipe for a very pretty cake filled and decorated with lemon curd, but I was afraid the cake would overpower the lemons which needed to be the star of the dish. The label had a recipe for a white chocolate, Meyer lemon tart which sounded nice and I can have white chocolate, since it’s not actually chocolate. But I was still afraid the lemon flavor would be too subtle. Lemon bars? No, those are things that, like the shortbread cookies and the blueberry cake, I always think sound nice, but once I make them, I realise that I don’t actually like them and am completely baffled by what must have possessed me to make them.

And then it hit me. Lemon meringue pie. Of course!

But not just any lemon meringue pie. Mini lemon meringue pies. Brilliant!

But it was not all brilliant. There was a brief disaster involving the first batch of pie dough. I don’t know what happened – I rather pride myself on my pie-crust-making abilities. But this was terrible – all crumbly and horrible. I tried to salvage it by adding a little more water, but this only seemed to render the dough indestructible. Seriously. I tried to divide it into two pieces to put it back in the fridge…and I couldn’t.

So I tried again.

Looks like it turned out all right, though! (The flour and butter in the bowl is actually the disastrous first batch, but I didn’t take a photo of the second one, so it’ll have to do.)

Martha made 6 4 1/2-inch pies. I made 12 muffin-sized pies and 12 mini-muffin-sized pies. I wasn’t sure how much of the lemon mixture the recipe would make, but since the pie crusts are a bit on the thick side, it filled them all perfectly.

In which I try not to be too grumpy…

Happy Reminder of Being Single Valentine’s Day!

Okay, so that’s really only slightly sarcastic. Cayt, I know this is one of your favorite holidays, so I’m going to try not to be too bitter. In fact, I’m off to the kitchen to do some baking, something that will embody this holiday.

Something sweet!

But with lemons.

But with sooper-sekrit special, fancy lemons whose identities shall be revealed later!