When the characters in Mary Ann Rodman’s novel, Jimmy’s Stars, ate tomato aspic I asked Mary Ann for the recipe simply out of curiosity. When she gave it, I knew there was no way I was going to be making it. Mary Ann herself was gagging over the mayonnaise garnish. But I hosted my Children’s Literature Book Club this past month and chose World War II as the theme and included Jimmy’s Stars. I knew right away that not only would this be a perfect time to make the tomato aspic but it would be a great challenge as well..
The ingredients. Yes, that would be tomato, celery, gelatin, cayenne, salt, lemon juice, lettuce, and mayonnaise. It can’t get any better than that.
The tomatoes and celery ready to boil together.
After it’s boiled, gelatin added and put in the mold to form.
Perhaps the grossest photo I’ve ever shared on the blog. Served atop lettuce and garnished with mayo.
SO! During my book club meeting I asked for two volunteers who would be willing to try a dish that they ate from the book. Most immediately though of the tongue they ate. Another thought it was the salmon pea wiggle. Two brave book clubbers volunteered before they knew what they’d be trying.
And to gross you out even more, here they are taking a bite. Notice. I said bite. After one bite each, they both had to run to the sink for water.
My husband took a bite later and literally gagged. I had a hard enough time making it, I didn’t try it at all.
Truly, the most disgusting dish I’ve ever made. I’d link you over to the recipe, but seriously who would make this anyways? Well, okay, maybe if you’re like me and reading Jimmy’s Stars as part of our book club reading, then maybe, just maybe you might be tempted too.
On a better note, I did make a rationed chocolate cake for book club (I’m seriously impressed with myself with keeping up with our book clubs themed food) which is also a recipe that came from Mary Ann Rodman. Post coming up for that soon. Edited to add link to chocolate cake recipe!
I dare ya. I dare one of ya to waste perfectly good tomatoes, celery, lettuce, and mayo on such a dish. Any takers?!
Links of interest: Maw Books review for Jimmy’s Stars by Mary Ann Rodman and author interview, part 1 and part 2. Mary Ann Rodman’s website.
Jimmy’s Stars is available from your local independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.