Posts Tagged ‘Jell-O’
Dog and I went with a gimmick this year, glow in the dark Jell-O. Well, glow in the dark under a black light anyway. If you use tonic water instead of regular water in gelatin, it will glow under a black light. The effect is pretty cool, but there are two major draw backs: it is hard to see the effect in the daylight and the Jell-O tastes very tonic-y.
To get around these issues we built a small arcade style diorama, to shade the natural light and house the black light, and we embraced the tonic flavor by adding gin, vodka, and other fruit juices (Jell-O shots anyone). Sadly, the heat was an issue for us for a second year in a row. Our power pellets were puddles in a matter of minutes.
Lucky for the spectators there were many other creative entries. My personal favorite was the “The Resistor Jeltone”, an edible, working, gelatin-based toy piano by team NYC Resistor: Ranjit Bhatnagar, Astrida Valijorsky, Mimi Hui, and Catarina Mota.
This event has grown so much in just three years. There were over 30 entrants, hundreds of spectators, press, and even CBS Sunday Morning was there filming. Fantastic job Michelle and Nadia.
Well, sort of. Dave and I took home the coveted “Special Jury’s Meat Lover’s Honorable Mention” at the Jell-O Mold Competition. Dave get’s most of the credit for his beef consommé with horseradish and pork consommé infused with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, and star anise gelatins.
The event was a ton of fun, but it was hot. We put our Jell-O sculptures up on the wall and they did pretty well for the first 30 to 40 minutes. Long enough to get them photographed and for a couple of judges to get a look. But the heat turned out to be too much. After an hour or two of lying flat, they finally gave out and melted into a bovine/swine puddle. Yum.
We met some great people and saw some amazing pieces by the other competitors. I can’t wait for next year.
Dog and I are going with two savory gelatins: Beef Consomme with horseradish and Pork Consomme infused with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, star anise (Both Dog’s idea). They will be in the shape of a bull head and a boar head. The plan is for them to hang from a diorama-like wall, similar to mounted hunting trophies. Pics of our mock-ups below.