September 21, 2011Rosy Tuna Ring – A Mid-Century Recipe Test
Guess what??? It’s another tuna recipe on the Mid-Century Menu !!! Are you excited? Are you pumped? Are you retching with glee???
Well…maybe you are just retching. Going over all these pictures, I am getting a little gaggy myself.
Anyway, this is another submission for our recent contest, “Let’s Sing A Tune To Tuna”, which was a rousing success. And actually somewhat of a surprise. When we started getting recipes, I thought all of them would be terrible. The recipes just looked horrific, and everyone here was making little gasping sounds of terror every time I opened a new email submission. (Okay, I was the one gasping with terror. I think the cats were actually just purring.) But as we started making them, weird things started happening. It turned out that a lot of mid-century tuna recipes weren’t really that bad.
I know, I was shocked too.
So, I will have a bunch of tuna recipes to show you that we tested, and found to be actually edible. Some were even just shy of being “tasty”.
The first of these “somewhat less than tasty” recipes comes from our friend Eartha Kitsch (author of Ranch Dressing With Eartha Kitsch and previous winner of our Worst Recipe Contest), who sent us this fun thing:
Has anyone entered this recipe yet? If not, I’d like to enter
it. I love that it is a mold. Always pretty and interesting.
The Tuna Ring is from "Better Homes & Gardens – Lunches and Brunches"
from 1963. Sorry for the wonky photo of the glorious Tuna Ring. They
put the illustration right in the fold of the book.
Oh man, Eartha, you can really pick ‘em! I have to admit. I was terrified of this one. Just terrified. I thought it was all going to end in gagging and tears and then maybe some more gagging. After all, that is what happened last time Eartha sent us something. Though, that might have just been the trauma talking. This one was a significant improvement in that it contained no disgusting and floppy animal tongues. Which is always an improvement.
Speaking of improvement, I have been trying to think of a way to raise the intellectual level of this blog*.
*totally a lie
In that vein, instead of boring descriptions of the pictures, I am going to be using literary quotes to enlighten us and to help us to ascend to the next level of higher functioning.
Plus, I’m too tired right now to think of more funny stuff*.
So, as Homer Simpson would say:
All right, brain, I don’t like you and you don’t like me – so let’s just do this and I’ll get back to killing you with beer
He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast in his heart.
– C. S. Lewis
My greatest strength is… common sense. I’m really a standard brand – like Campbell’s tomato soup or Baker’s chocolate.
One thing should be noted: Directions in many old books assumed that a cook knew how to mix ingredients, what size pan to use, at what temperature and how long different foods should be baked/cooked.
I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.
And yeah, Jim, this is the time to stop putting Dwight’s personal effects into Jell-O
And then, much, much later came the extraordinary concept of coleslaw and Jell-O in a fish mold. What the @#&% is the matter with somebody when they think: “Whoo! That’ll be appetizing!” How drunk would you had to have been? “What the #$%^’s left? I feel like eatin’ some more. Oh, that yellow Jell-O and that coleslaw in the fish mold, that’s gonna make my day! I’m smacking my lips just thinking about it.”
How’s that? Feel enlightened? Sort of?
Well, I tried.
But this should make you feel better:
Yeah. That’s right. I made a gif of Tom tasting this crazy rosy tuna thing. That way you can feel like you are right here with us, watching Tom be brave and choke down the first bite. Yum!
The Verdict: Strange. Not horrible, but not great either. It basically tasted like tuna salad. You honestly couldn’t even taste the tomato soup, which was a shocker for me and also an enormous relief. In the end, we spread it on slices of toast and gulped it down.
Thanks for sending in a fun recipe Eartha. It was chilling and thrilling AND it was good.
You are forgiven for the tongue incident.
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