Wednesday, 21 June 2006

The Summer Sensation # 1

Finally, the most long-awaited season is here. Today is the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere. It is the longest day of the year. Unlike living in Asia, we hardly get to see the sun here. Therefore, people tend to appreciate summer so much on this part of the world.

In line with the season, PuSiVa'S CuLiNarY StUdiO is celebrating the sensation of summer. Food connected to summer will be featured throughout the season as it is the season in which many fruits and vegetables are in full growth.

To kick start the event, I made jelly. Jelly or agar-agar is actually dried seaweed. It makes a good cooling agent especially on sunny days.

Yam Jelly

What do we need:

5 g agar-agar strands
3 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp yam paste/flavouring

How do we do it:

Soak the the agar-agar strands in water for an hour. Wash and drain. Cook with water. When the jelly strands have dissolved, add sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolve.

Strain the jelly and divide into 2 equal portions. Add 1/4 cup of milk into 1 portion of jelly (A). Mix well. Into the other portion of jelly (B), add the remaining 1/4 cup of milk and the yam paste. Mix thoroughly and return to low heat.

Pour jelly mixture (A) into little jelly moulds or a big mould. Chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Now, scratch the top of the jelly with a fork. Pour jelly mixture (B) on top of the set jelly (A). Chill the jelly until well set.



Serve yam jelly cold.

33 comments:

KrishnaArjuna said...

Wow Pushpa jelly looks so yummy and colorful!! This joins my must try list..

Tanuja said...

WOW cool jelly pushpa, the colours u selected so plesanting , I should try this my kids will love it. thanks for sharing:)

Tazz said...

Pus, your jelly looks so cute!!! I feel like making Jelly. Like the purple colour so much!!!! :)))

sudhav said...

Thats a beautiful jelly, pushpa..A nice way to welcome summer..Waiting to see all of your collection for the summer..

Priya said...

They are the prettiest jelly's . Lovely Pushpa !

Nila said...

Hi Pushpa,
Wow you are amazing, how are you making all these wonderful treats, Your kid is lucky to have a wonderful mom. :)

I will try to post the chicken rasam soon.

- Nila.

Neelu said...

wow Looks divine

spicehut said...

Too cute :). Amazing work !

shammi said...

How did you get that BEAUTIFUL violet colour??

Sarah said...

no yam paste here lah.. can I use Milo?( I bought 5 tins from Malaysia mah.. can't live without it!!)

Vasundhara said...

Lovely! They are so colourful! What can I use to substitute yam paste for?

Nabeela said...

mmm....those look cool and delicious...just what we need for summer

Lera said...

It's looking so gorgeous and colourful...finally the much awaited agar agar dish......wish I could find some Yam paste...Pushpa, do lemme know how to make yam paste ?

deepsat said...

now i am feeling hungry!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, that's so cute! I could just eat one now...

Vaishali said...

Pushpa,
This jelly is so good-looking! And it is cooked with Agar Agar. I don't believe this. Wow, I am so happy that you've not made it with gelatine, because that is something we vegetarians don't wanna eat. Great job, Buddy.
Btw, I have tagged you for a meme. Here's the link.

http://happyburp.blogspot.com/2006/06/confessions-in-groups-of-five-meme.html

Hey, and long live your 'Summer Sensation' series. Alles Gute!

Krithika said...

Wow ! How did you get this color ? So apt for summer.

sudhav said...

Pushpa,you have been tagged for this meme TAG WORLD CONFESSIONS. Hope you will play

Vineela said...

Hi Pushpa,
Nice jelly and in perfect shape.
Vineela

Veekay said...

Wow...looks Great!!!

Revathi said...

Wow What colors.

archana said...

Looks wonderful,what a nice way to welcome summer !!! I loved the purple color and its contrast with white.

Inji Pennu said...

Wow! what a cutie! First time hearing about this!Excellent.

sudha said...

I can't believe that this is something we can eat..Very colorful and kids will love this.

Annita said...

Ooh..gosh..What a color...Looks like some flower or a shining star!!Too good to eat,huh?
Great work buddy...

Rushina said...

What a pretty plate of Jelly!

My son loved it, now I have to look for Yam flavouring!

Rushina

Sumitha said...

Wow what pretty looking jellies!It looks perfect Pushpa!Well donr to you!

jenjen said...

puspha, these look amazing! They look too good to eat!

Puspha said...

KA, Tanuja, Eve, Priya, Nila, Neelu, Sonali, Nabeela, Rosa, Vineela, Veekay, Revathi, Archana, lg, sudha, Sumi & jenjen~ Thank u very very much.

Shammi~ Thanx a lot. The colour came from yam paste which is violet in colour.

Sarah Chechi~ Ya, of course u can substitute the yam paste with milo. Btw, I too brought big refill packs of milo from my previous trip back home. Same-same here. Can live without it!!! :)

Vasundhara~ U can use any flavours that u want to. Jelly is so versatile.

Lera~ I was actually thinking of u while posting this entry. Yam paste is a combination of yam flavouring and colour. U can use anything flavours and colours tat u want to. Anyway, I´ll post more varieties of jellies during this summer.

Deepsat & Rushina~ Thank u & a warm welcome to the blog.

Vaishali~ Vielen Dank meine Damen.
I never use gelatine as itz made of pig´s tissue. I don´t consume anything tatz made of pig.
Thanx for the tag.

Krithika~ The colour is from the yam paste which is a combo of yam flavouring & colour.

Sudhav~ Thank u very much.
I´ll work out the meme. Thanx for tagging me.

Annita~ Many thanx. Welcome back to the foodbloggosphere. Missed ur comments here. Hope tat u had a wonderful vacation back home.

RP said...

I saw this earlier, but couldn't leave a comment. They look so pretty. I love agar agar.

Audrey Cooks said...

Cutest jelly I have seen for a long long time! Just beautiful!

Puspha said...

rp~ Thanx a lot.

Audrey~ Thank u & welcome to the blog.

Kay said...

What a pretty color combo! :)

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