September 18, 2004
unfamiliar combination of familiar items?
Tuesday, September 14
Today I was too busy to make anything fancy, too hot to use the oven, but too tired not to have something nice and refreshing - so I made coffee jelly, or coffee gelatin dessert.
It has definitely a lot to do with my childhood memory of summertime. My sister and I would make a large bowlful of coffee jell-o - no sugar or milk, please -, scrape it out as much as we wanted and ate it with condensed milk, or more likely milk and sugar. It was nice soothing company to survive a dreadful Tokyo summer.
While coffee gelatin dessert is such a common item in Japan, things look totally different on this side of the world. Although I have never personally asked anyone about it (except for him, who doesn't know anything about coffee since he hates it), I have heard about a lot of Japanese folks who have surprised Americans by mentioning about (or even serving) this "unfamiliar" dessert, and in turn been surprised by their reaction; eew! coffee jell-o? no way....
Apparently, this isn't exactly popular dessert in here, which was a bit of surprise to me, given such a variety of jell-o flavors available everywhere as well as the huge popularity of coffee as a drink. (I still remember Starbucks once had Coffee Jelly Frappuccino in Japan several years back. It was basically coffee frappuccino with coffee jell-o dice in it, and I loved it so much - but it was there for only one summer and never came back. I doubt Starbucks has ever had it on their menu in the US...)
I made just a large mug of coffee and put unflavored gelatin in it to dissolve, and then chilled it in the fridge. It disappointed him a lot when he came home and went into the fridge and said, "dessert! dessert!" and learned it was coffee jell-o. He was so disappointed he even sniffed at the jell-o to make sure it was coffee and I wasn't fooling him.
Today I tried a Hawaiian coffee liquor with the jell-o (which was fine), and of course with milk and sugar (I usually don't have sugar in my coffee or tea, but this is another thing). For fun, I put some sugar duckys on the jell-o, too... (they sank fast, though).
posted by chika at: 9/18/2004 10:00:00 AM