|Allyson bought this for me - thank you so much!|
|Apparently seafood mousses were quite popular once-upon-a-time.|
As we're all aware, I'm on a pretty limited budget (and that's not out of discipline but necessity - I am utterly, utterly broke!), so finding something to decorate with had to satisfy the following requirements: cheap, easily accessible and rental-suite friendly.
Enter the copper-toned gelatin moulds. Tacky, kitsch and slightly criminal (crime: producing revolting gelatin-based salads like this or this or this - great website, by the way. Credit to Steph for finding this side-splitting little gem! I'll bet you would lose weight with these recipes!), I am very happy to hang these offending implements high, away from the reach of those who might consider whipping up such a meal (like this one, arguably the worst of the lot! Vegetarian runner up: this piece of work).
|Imagine the nightmarish culinary disasters these guys helped produce!|
|From my ReBar cookbook pages, in green and white only. The front entrance.|
My mission is to collect enough moulds to completely cover my tiny apartment-sized kitchen's walls. The rules are simple: the moulds have to be inexpensive, copper-toned and second-hand. It's kind of a nice thing to have an on-going project that doesn't require daily care (like a garden does), and I'm hoping that if people want to buy me a tangible gift for Christmas (though I'd be very happy with an intangible one - see my blog post on "Christmas Gifts that Really Matter"!), this will provide an interesting option!
So if you enjoy reading my blog, and you have a wonderful copper jelly mould you'd like to send my way, please post a comment! Otherwise, I hope you enjoy starting a collection of something yourself - please post collection suggestions below that are green, inexpensive and bizarre!
Bonus: an article from James Lilek's Gallery of Regrettable Food. Enjoy but don't consume!
3 October 2010 - Additional: Snagged me a pineapple from Value Village! About twice as expensive as it should have been, but totally worth it: