Saturday, January 1, 2011

Christmas Stained Glass Jello

Posted by Quinn at Saturday, January 01, 2011

It has been a looooooog time and I'm afraid just too little, too late. Still, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone...I hope the best for all of you and may you all have a happy, successful and wonderous new year. May 2011 be another awesome year for everyone.

I am officially in Perth now, packed and left Adelaide and came here to be with Aaron. It's been 3 weeks and I am settling down pretty well. Planted my first pot of Italian parsley, cooked up a storm, made so much awesome food, attended so many parties and events and thoroughly enjoyed myself, got myself a new DSLR camera, got a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker as a farewell gift from my previous employer (you do not have to even begin telling me how lucky I am, I know!) completely unpacked everything and manage to stash it away in my tiny tiny place. This room is one-third the size of my previous room. I had a lot of trouble getting used to, seriously....

As if settling in is not enough, I decided to work casual while finding a permanent employment and started throwing in resumes into restaurants. I officially started working in an Italian restaurant on the 4th day of being in the midst of settling in Perth. There has been a lot of juggling, multi-tasking and adapting. It was sad to leave everything I have ever had in Adelaide and nicely established over two years to come to Perth, but when I wake up to sunny days with warm breakfast for us and a jolly face to look at every now and then, I know everything would be worthwhile...

Aaron is a lot busier now, he has been to the rig twice in 2 weeks and will be going offshore tomorrow. Thank goodness I have tonnes of friends and people that care about me right in Perth, it does ease the loneliness when I want to be a party animal and get drunk and I could be at peace when I feel like it, staying in, cooking and snapping photos. I am still trying to find the best spot in the house with perfect lighting though. Life is more than just blogging, which explains the fact of me being in hiatus for a while, despite the busy-ness...However, I have been cooking and churning new stuffs constantly. Will share as I could find the time....

I am just very very thankful and glad everything is coming together nicely and I am slowly getting there.

Back to recipes....This is so easy but looked awesome I was procrastinating if I should post it. It is Stained Glass Jello and is themed Christmas because of the colour. It is adapted from justJENN and tasted as awesome as it looks.

Made these Stained Glass Jello for a Christmas Eve party. It was well received and there really isn't a story behind it. I really just love trying out new things. My heart would be easily warmed when I look at the smiley faces and joyful munch from my friends when I serve my food to them. Christmas itself to begin with is nothing big for me and my family back in Malaysia. Here, it is.

For me, Christmas is all about being merry and getting together. It gives everyone a reason to be at the same spot, celebrating, reuniting and thanking each other for things, though you really do not need a reason to come for the food. My Christmas, it is the people that I celebrated it with that have made it so special for me everytime. Together, we sat down, reflecting over things that have happened through the years, reminiscing good times and accepting down times.

And while that is happening, a little sweet treats would not hurt at all....

Christmas Stained Glass Jello
(adapted from justJENN)

A box of raspberry flavoured jello (90g per pack) (I've used Aeroplane Jelly Brand)
A box of lime flavoured jello (90g per pack) (I've used Aeroplane Jelly Brand)

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2.5 tsp gelatine powder (equivalent to one small standard sachet)
1 cup water

Dissolve the box of raspberry and lime jello, separately, into 1 cup of hot water. Pour it into individual containers and chill it for a couple of hours or overnight.

p/s: I'm pretty sure the direction on your jello box says to add 1 cup of hot water and dissolve everything, then add 1 cup of cold water to it. You know what, ignore it!

Once solid, cut them up individually (a plastic knife, slightly wetted works best here) into small cubes.

Carefully combine all the coloured cubes into a large container or like me, swap half colour into each other's container and gently mix them up a bit. Pop it back into the fridge while you make the condensed milk jello to gel everything together.

Gosh....look at how gorgeous they are even before they are finished. Awesome!

To make the condensed milk layer, measure out 2 tbsp of the water from the 1 cup water and place it in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle the 2.5 tsp gelatine powder over the 2 tbsp water and let it stand for 5minutes. Heat the remaining water until almost boiling and turn the heat off. Pour in the gelatine paste and whisk to dissolve completely. Pour in the 3/4 sweetened condensed milk and cool it completely.

Pour the completely cooled milk mixture evenly between the two containers (or pour everything into one large container if that's what you did) and chill it until completely set. Unmoulding would be easier if you've used plastic containers rather than a solid glassware of baking tins.

Slice and serve and be wow-ed!

It is as much fun making them and as much fun eating them! They taste great together and not overly sweet at all. And you could easily make some with more colours or make it accordingly depending on your party's theme!

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Having said that, this is my entry for the Christmas Giveaway hosted by Swee San of The Sweet Spot. Swee San, if I may say, the books you are giving away is drop dead awesome, NOT pretty good. Jeez....I cannot wait to get hold of Nigella!

Also would like to thank you for introducing websites such as BookXcess and BookDepository to your readers. One of my Christmas gift from Aaron comes from there. A Day at El Bulli is a pretty amazing book!

Happy New Year again everyone!

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5 comments on "Christmas Stained Glass Jello"

Swee San on January 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM said...

omg lucky girl!! dslr and cuisinart ice cream maker!!

Jo on January 4, 2011 at 10:31 PM said...

Ooh I really love this and it's so colourful. Now I know how it's made.

Anncoo on January 5, 2011 at 2:37 AM said...

Hi Quinn, so happy to see you back to blogging.
Happy New Year to you and Aaron.

lil cook on April 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM said...

wow !!! looks A-MAZE-ING!

did you create the recipe???

Quinn on May 15, 2011 at 10:49 PM said...

lil cook: No I did not, I have linked back the original creator, JustJenn in my post above.

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