Friday, July 6, 2012

Live And Let Gel

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It's July and it is really, really hot. But that is no excuse for Green Grotto Salad, is it?

Consider what's swimming around in the lime-flavored Grotto: tuna, Ann Page Vinegar, olives, celery, and chopped cucumber. All things, you will note, that do not normally interact with lime-flavored dessert substances.

But people do crazy things in the summer. I understand. And I guess the heat back in 1949 went to Ann Page's fictional head and she - just snapped, really. Spent all day carving radishes into little soccer ball shapes, for reasons unknown. And clearly went to the fridge and dumped everything in it into the nearest bowl of lime gelatin.

There are Green Grotto Caves in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, which perhaps were the inspiration for Ann's name for this dish. In the 1973 James Bond movie Live and Let Die, James' submarine surfaces in the caves. No wonder you get a sense of mystery and danger when you approach the kitchen and see this leering at you from the table. It isn't just the Ann Page Dressing that holds Secrets, you know.

Oh, and the Green Grotto Caves are called Green because of the green algae lining the cave walls. There is also, according to my not-extensive research, a lot of bats that like to hang out in the Caves. Not surprisingly there is also a lot of bat guano.

Ann may want to rethink the name of this jellied thing, is what I'm thinking.


Tori Lennox said...

That does not look even remotely appetizing. Yuck!

Lidian said...

Yes, it is terrible!

I LOVE your avatar BTW, Tori! :)

Chance said...

lol, I refuse to believe that anyone ever actually made this dish! eww!

Lidian said...

Chance - Let's just keep thinking that. It's too hot not to!

Kath Lockett said...

I think, if given a choice and forced to be polite at Ann Page's summer dinner party, I'd eat the bowl of mayo on the side and take the salad out to the bottom of the garden pond where it clearly belongs.

Marcheline said...

Perhaps we should have let the Brits name this dish... it would have been "Green Grotty Salad". Much more accurate, methinks.

Melissa Jimenez said...

All I can say is, "Yikes!!"

Lidian said...

Kath - Yes, that is exactly where it belongs.

Marcheline - Perfect! It really IS grotty ;)

Melissa - Yes, that sums it up very nicely!

Dieter Moitzi said...

Yikes, that looks too ghastly for words (and stomachs as well)! Ann might rather want to throw name ANd jellied thing itself where they belong: the dustbin!