Saturday, 4 September 2010

Blast from the past

Ali's post about badly behaved jellies triggered such a longing in me that I've been hankering after a certain jelly receptacle ever since. And lo, Steamer Trading came up trumps in the shape of a plastic rabbit mould. I was excited, the kids were excited, even Mr DC was excited.

We bought strawberry jelly. We bought lime jelly (tastier than expected). We ignored the packet instructions and made the jelly extra stiff - though it could have done with being even stiffer. We mixed, we poured, we waited.

Then we chopped up the green jelly, inverted the mould and held our breath - till we turned out Mr Bunny in all his lurid red glory.


I was transported straight back to being 8 years old.

But what I hadn't banked on was Tiny Small's horror at the thought of eating any part of the "poor little rabbit" when it came to teatime. She cried and ran from the room, and only returned when the beast was safely chopped up and served out and covered with ice cream.

I now wonder whether I did the same when I was little and that's why my mum's rabbit mould stayed safely in the cupboard above the boiler ... and I know what we're not going to be having at a certain someone's birthday party, that's for sure!

31 comments:

  1. Oh no!! Jelly induced trauma. But look how beautifully intact your bunny was - well, until you butchered him to eat, that is!!!

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  2. That might alarm me, a little. If it didn't blind me first.

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  3. Oh No! I would never have thought of that either! Poor little Tiny Small -- I hope she's over her trauma now LOL!

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  4. oh poor tiny small. at least she ate some in the end.
    I have been longing for jelly moulds since a trip to a NT house where there were 4 display cases of them in every shape and size possible. jelly lobster anyone.... might be less traumatic at the dinner table?

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  5. That colour alone is slightly traumatic....poor tiny small.

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  6. Oh dear, poor Tiny Small. I do hope she has recovered.

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  7. Poor lass. Although, come to think of it, I always feel slightly worried when eating things like chocolate bunnies. Not worried enough to not eat them ,mind you - they ARE chocolate...

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  8. Well he certainly is, erm, make that was a real cutie! I find jelly to be one of those marmite type foods. You either love or hate it. I'm definitely one of the latter.

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  9. To avoid further trauma I suggest a mould in a less contentious shape!

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  10. Oh no! I do hope there are no long lasting psychological scars!! Very fine de-moulding skills though, he looks perfect.

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  11. I love the lime jelly grass!

    ... er but the red jelly rabbit - I'm with tiny small! It made me think of Marc Quinn's head - ick!!!! http://tinyurl.com/247apdp

    Celia
    xx

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  12. Isn't he perfect! I remember a red plastic bunny mould from my younger days, just like that!

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  13. He He!

    Oh the poor child. Glad she recovered sufficiently to have a good munch on it later. But, you may have set the child on the path to vegetarianism...

    I think the colours are fantastic and yes, that picture transported me to my childhood too.

    xoxoxox

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  14. What a delicious looking bunny. I had a hankering for jelly and spent ages pouring different colours into a mold (following instructions on the packet) and produced a very wobberly disaster!

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  15. Oh dear! Hope she's recovered from rabbit worries. Glad she enjoyed gobbling him up in the end x

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  16. Oh poor little! I remember having trouble with eating animal crackers when I was young ;-).

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  17. We used to have a jelly mould just like that when the boys were small (might still have it) and I used to make lime jelly grass too. However my horrid boys used to relish in eating the bunny. Hope Tiny Small was not too traumatised.

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  18. Mr jelly bunny looks beautiful there nestle on his wibblywobbly grass. You did really well to get him out on one oiece. I'm glad Tiny Small wasn't too traumatised to eat a little with ice-cream!

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  19. Can totally sympathise with T-S. Smaller Bean had exactly the same reaction and became terrified of all red jelly for a good year after her ordeal. However. She realised the error of her ways and now scoffs like a goodun. Yours looks beautiful. Very well done. Ax

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  20. What a shame! Did she like the jelly once it was de-bunnified?? Lucy x

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  21. I'm impressed he came out in such a way that tiny small could tell he was a rabbit at all - my attempts always look like a splodge with no recognisable features! Maybe you should adopt my approach next time!

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  22. Poor tiny small (
    However, as someone who really doesn't like jelly, I quite sympathise (even if she did then go on to eat it...)

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  23. Jelly rabbit on green grass is such a trip down memory lane for me, it also takes me back to the excitement of a birthday tea!

    I hope your little one has recovered, bless her!

    Alison
    x

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  24. That takes me right back to childhood parties with blancmange bunnies!

    Most impressed at how well turned out your bunny is. I bought a lovely old glass mould from the charity shop recently and made my jelly a little on the frighteningly wobbly side - it had a life all of it's own!

    I do hope Tiny Small has recovered from her shock. At least you made plenty of non-bunny jelly too.

    xx

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  25. Oh dear. Best stay away from the jelly babies.

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  26. Oh poor thing! It turned out so well! Thankyou so much for this post. It's my husband's b'day coming up shortly and he seriously wants a rabit shaped cake, but I'm thinking jelly/ ice-cream equivelant might be best.

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  27. it doesn't matter I've been in this country for more than 20 years... certain things will always seem... 'weird'.

    jelly rabbits? on jelly?

    I'm with your daughter here.

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  28. It's beautiful!!! Steamer Trading is great for special items like elusive bunnies. I'm very impressed with your completely intact bunny - not surprised Tiny Small didn't want to damage him :)

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  29. Oh, great jelly! I remember those moulds. Pity your daughter didn't react so well, lol! I once made 28 individual jellies for one of my sons's birthday parties and then promptly forgot to serve them!!!

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  30. This story is too sweet.
    I can just picture it:
    "Oh No! Not the bunny!"

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