08 March 2011

Happy Mardi Gras!

Bonjour mon chers! Aujourd'hui est Mardi Gras, ou "Fat Tuesday". C'est une celébration très magnifique! Mon cheveux est dans un chignon français pour l'occasion.

Just kidding. If you can't read my cryptic french or are too lazy to go to google translate, the above says
"Hello my dears! Today is Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday". It's a very magnificent holiday! My hair is in a french bun for the occasion".

Mardi Gras is such an awesome holiday! Doesn't it just sound like the most fun idea? Huge street parties with plastic beads and cakes with sugar sprinkles and french creole food and all sorts of other fun stuff. The problem is that it's really hard to capture all that fun the farther away you are from New Orleans... which for me is pretty far. I've tried to throw a couple mardi gras parties in my day, although usually they coincide with someone's birthday or the superbowl so it becomes a joint party. This year I don't have time to go all out with a party, but I decided to do something fun and festive anyways. How do jello shots minus the alcohol because it's a tuesday sound?

Of course, if you want you can add in the alcohol. But if you leave it out it can be a cute little kid-friendly dessert! The idea with these was to make them look like confetti/jewels- because there's a whole lot of both at Mardi Gras! They are also in the colors of green, purple, and gold (the traditional colors of mardi gras). If I had had time I would have bought clear unflavored gelatin and played around with mardi-gras flavors, maybe concocting some sort of jello shot cocktail taste-a-like. However, I did not have time. I ran to the store after dropping stew off at school because I needed floss, and then I noticed the jello aisle. Turns out fry's does not carry plain gelatin. who knew? so anyways, grape, lime, and lemon it is.

At the end, you can go simple and sophisticated with squares, or go all out using cookie cutters or a knife to make creative shapes. You can also decorate them with colored sugar to make them sparkle!

Here's how ya do it:

These are incredibly simple. Hello, it's jello. A four year old can make this stuff.
What you need:
1 pack yellow jello
1 pack green jello
1 pack purple jello
3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup milk/soymilk
colored sugar sprinkles for decorating
2.5 cups cold water OR
1/2 cup water
2 cups vodka

you will also need:
a medium mixing bowl
two medium sized square containers. Just the right size so that when you pour one prepared package of jello into it the liquid comes up to one inch.

1. Begin by making your green and purple jellos. These will need to set completely before you can make your gold jello. To make, bring two cups of water to a boil. In separate mixing bowls or one at a time, measure one cup of boiling water and combine with the contents of each jello package. Stir for about a minute or until dissolved.

2.  Add one cup of cool water to each batch and stir. Pour into separate square containers, cover, and move to the fridge for four hours or until firm.

If you are making alcoholic shots: Pour 1/4 cup of water into each batch of jello. stir and wait about 5 minutes to let the mixture cool a bit. Then add 3/4 cup vodka to each batch and stir. Pour each batch into separate square containers. Cover and move to the fridge for four hours or until firm. 

3. Once firm, remove the jello from the fridge and cut into neat one inch squares.

4. Begin making the gold jello. Boil one cup of water and add it to the contents of your third jello package. Once again, stir until dissolved.

5. Add 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup cool water to the jello. stir, and let cool for about ten minutes.

If you are making alcoholic shots: replace the 1/2 cup cool water for 1/2 cup vodka.

6. When the jello is slightly warmer than luke warm, pour it into a slightly larger square dish. Add the squares of green and purple jello and stir so that there is some variety is position. Cover and chill for an additional 3-4 hours.

7. Cut the jello into two inch cubes and garnish with colored sugar sprinkles. Serve and enjoy!

Hope you guys have a fun mardi gras. Celebrate in some way! It's the little things like these holidays and opportunities to celebrate that make life so fun :)

(I might put up pics later, but my jello isn't totally set yet and I don't want it to be all deflated and goopy in the pics!)

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