Monday, October 24, 2011

The Jell-O Stunt

Life, March 5, 1945
Yes, this is what the ad decrees: "Pull another stunt!" it says. What, another one? But you have already made a stunt of a dessert with a single apple and a package of Jell-O. I'm sure you did not forget to use a fancy mold. And to stick some leaves you found in the backyard just under it, half sticking out. It will look like something you found growing outside now (if you ever do find something like this growing outside, just lock your doors and stay behind the curtains).

Now that you have desecrated your apple, it's time to move on to the main event. Just - pull another stunt! Really, that is what it says:

...pull another stunt! See what a good hearty salad you can make with a few carrots and peas, a hard-boiled egg or two - and some Jell-O!

And then you will have "Jellied Vegetable Entree." It is what you see when you look up the phrase "A recipe for disaster" in the dictionary. Unless you are having some little twee cartoon rabbits over for dinner. They seem to like this sort of thing.

It contains canned peas and carrots, onion, vinegar, cayenne pepper, lemon or lime Jell-O. And hard-boiled eggs. They may be as hard-boiled as Sam Spade, but they are frightened. You can see that. They are edging up just to where they can peek out of the lemon (or lime) Jell-O. Some of them have escaped, but are making the fatal mistake of resting on the plate.

Run for it, hard-boiled egg slices! This is your chance, while they're across the room getting the mayonnaise. You have to fill the center of the Jellied Vegetable Entree with mayonnaise (it is the law). Just watch out for the mutant apple Jell-O molds out there.


BrSpiritus said...

This is Faust done with vegetables. What we see here in the 1st level of hell where bad eggs, peas and carrots are forced into a gelatinous force field always being able to look out on the life they had but never again able to partake of it. Oh the misery of being condemned as a shade!

monogirl said...

What I want to know is where does the flavor go if it is not "locked in"? Into the ether?
Jello and mayo? Blargh.

Mimi said...

Yay! You know I love this. Love it.

Gregorian said...

This 1940's, 1950's use of Jello as a means of holding savory foods together in a sliceable cake form is always pretty disturbing.

Anonymous said...

I actually did just make a fancy mold with a package of Jell-O and one apple. Yesterday for my office pot luck. It'll be up on the blog soon.

I love this ad.