Saturday, July 9, 2011

Forbidden Aspic

It's time for me to come clean. I did something "illegal" today. In fact, I have done it on many other days too. It breaks my heart to confess this, but I have cheated on the 1972 Retro WW Plan.

What did I do?

I ate ketchup.

As any retro WW gal can tell you, ketchup was "illegal" in 1972. If you wanted to have some ketchup on your food, you had to make your own from boiled tomato juice, artificial sweetener and spices. I have done this. Its not good.

You see, I live in Pittsburgh. The home of the H.J. Heinz Company, and our ketchup is sacred here. As long as I can remember, I have been smothering my food in gobs of Heinz Tomato Ketchup - and no other brand will do. You just don't mess with my ketchup.

So when I came across this wonderful Retro Salad Cookbook from Heinz, I had to have it. And in a bold and defiant move, I selected a highly scandalous recipe:

Tomato Ketchup Aspic

1 Envelope of Knox Gelatin
1/4 Cup Cold Water
1 Cup Boiling Water
1/2 Cup HEINZ Tomato Ketchup
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Kaboom! Oh no she didn't!!

I felt a bit naughty when it came time to un-mold my aspic. Believe it or not, I actually had some trouble coaxing the aspic out of the mold. Was this a sign? A warning? But then suddenly I heard that familiar thunk, and my forbidden aspic was finally set free to jiggle on the plate. How can something so wrong feel so right?

So there you have it. I'm a ketchup hussy. It feels so good to finally get that off my chest.


Carla said...

Thanks for the giggle. So funny.

Jana said...

Oh dear oh dear oh dear. Surely, surely there's something better to break the rules for.

Bonnie said... did it taste???

That would be a great recipe for a halloween mold, like a heart with ventricles and an

Caker Cooking said...

There's something so sexy about the word "aspic."

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

So funny!!!! You rebel!!! I'm reporting you to the Jean police! :) Have a great day Mimi!!!

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

OMG...WW of the 70s was brutal. That's when you had to eat liver once a week, and I HATE liver. WW made a chicken liver pate that was only slightly more edible than calf liver, so I'd stand by the sink (just in case I got sick) and take each spoonful with water, just like medicine. Ah, the shame of cheating with ketchup! It makes me feel downright smug knowing I never missed a week of liver. ;)

Tracy said...

I laugh out loud every time I read your blog. How DO you do it? Keep up the good work!

Sandra @ The Memory Workshop said...

Every time I hear the word "aspic" I feel my throat closing up.

I can think of much better uses for gelatin: you think any of these would be WW worthy?