July 28, 2010Mid-Century Menu Contest Finalist #2 – Lemony Salmon Towers
Ohhhhhh, baby. Check this out! This week we have excitement, mayhem, craziness and canned salmon! In gelatin! Seriously!
The finalist for this week’s menu is really something else. I got this horrifying recipe from Adriane L., who wrote:
I’m submitting the most disgusting mid-century recipe I have ever come across… I LOVE the cook book it came from, which is literally crammed full of disgusting dishes involving gelatin and canned meat. But this one is by far the worst. This cookbook dates from the late 50’s and was re-printed in the early 60’s. I included a scan of the cover.
I hope you find it as disgusting as I do!
Cheers to a fun blog contest!
Well, Cheers to you too, Adriane. Also….dang. And gag. And some other disgusting reactions. You know, I hate two things quite a bit. Fish and gelatin. And this dish some how magically brings them both together to be totally disgusting.
And for some reason, those cucumber slices look like eyes. Does anyone else see that?
The innocent ingredients.
Holy bloomin’ gelatin, Batman!
Does anyone else think this looks like tinkle in a bowl? Anyone?
“No, no, no, don’t worry. It’s lemon.”
Maaaaybe I shouldn’t have used my gel coloring on this. Whew.
The second round.
Also, I didn’t have an impressive enormous mold like they do, so we are going to have to settle for a shorter one.
The second layer. Very….scummy.
Unmolded. Oh dear God!
The unspeakable cross-section.
Down the hatch!!
“This tastes like a whole lot of nothing.”
I closed my eyes, and took a bite. For a gut-wrenching moment, I waited for the terrible taste to register. And then I waited another moment. And another moment. I cracked my eye open, and started to chew. Nothing. It tasted like nothing, just like the brave man said it would.
Well, not nothing. I mean, I could taste a canned pea, a bit of salmon, and some green pepper, but they just tasted like themselves. Another cautious bite yielded the same result. Whew!
The Verdict: Surprisingly tasteless. For all the scary trappings of this thing, it wasn’t bad at all. I mean, it wasn’t great, but we have totally eaten worse. Disaster averted!
Thanks, Adriane! I am glad to report that this did not kill us!
Come back next week to see the next finalist in our Worst Recipe Contest. It is going to be truly a terrible experience!