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Can you overdo Jelly?!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

JellyOver the years, I’ve somehow lost my sweet tooth.  That’s not to say, I don’t love my sweets (cakes, chocolates, custard, desserts etc), I just don’t have the same hankering I had for them when I was a kid. But there’s still one thing, I can’t seem to get enough of. I still love jelly (also known as jello, for those that live outside of the British English speaking world).

For no particular reason, I’ve been having a bit of it lately (other than the fact I love it that is), and I thought I’d pass on a seemingly insignificant but somewhat crucial tip for the budding jelly enthusiast.

What I’ve noticed is, there seems to be a sweet spot (if you pardon the pun), for its consistency. According to the packaging, it says to leave it in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours. What most people do is make it for the following day, which is fine. But I’ve discovered, you can also leave it for too long. Once it’s been in the fridge for longer than 5-6 hours, it begins to have a rubbery texture to it. Not that it makes inedible of course, it’s just seems to have that slight amount of rubbery’ness to it, if you leave it longer than 5 hours or so. Sure, if you make it today to have tomorrow for a party or whatever, no one is going to know the difference.

IF however, you’re looking for that supreme bowl of jelly perfection, that only the most discerning of jelly connoisseur expects, then leave it in the fridge for no less or no more than 4-6 hours. Allowing for variations in fridges of course.

To blog or not to blog… Is that the question!

Sunday, October 10th, 2010


Turn around these days and you’re bound to run into probably around a dozen blogs (at least!).  Seems that everyone these days has some kind of blog.  I even encouraged a friend of mine (who… err ahhem… shall remain nameless) to set up his own.  It’s easy, a piece of cake, just write about anything and everything that comes across your mind.  It sounds good in theory, but in practise a familiar nemesis rears its head from the shadows…  Writers block!

Who would think that having an unlimited source of topics to choose from for writing about, causes paralysis of the mind!

I’m not exactly an expert in writing by any stretch of the imagination, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve had to do any kind of ‘formal’ writing, but it’s incredible the amount of effort a simple little blog (or even an entry in a blog!) can take.  You have to take your hat off to writers who write on a regular basis.  I’m envious of those that can sit down, and in what seems only a few minutes later, almost an entire thesis is written!

So to those regular bloggers out there, a new found respect has been forged from the depths of mental anguish in attempting to string together a few simple words.  One can only hope that the years of cerebral atrophy can be reversed somehow in some way…