"An orange a day keeps the doctor away"
We were at my son's school last week when my daughter, who was back for a short holiday, pointed at a traffic cone (I assume that's what they are called) and said "Look, a cone, like those Jelliriffic! jelly cones."
I made two jellies today and was just about to post the other jelly when I suddenly decided that it could be better. I was impatient and didn't wait to thoroughly melt the jelly. I cooked the full amount and re-heated the amount as needed. The jelly was cloudy. All those precious berries...I will have to type this post (10:45 pm now!) asap.
So this was a jelly that was inspired by a traffic cone, of all things. I was going to make the whole jelly with mangoes from my in-laws' but I wasn't sure if I could get a clear layer with mango so I looked into my fridge and saw mandarin oranges and oranges and that's how this jelly came about. I started with an orange but the color was too pale so I used a mandarin orange instead. Surprisingly, this is one of the best jellies I've made so far! The mandarin oranges and the mango went well together. I LOVE mangoes and anything with mangoes just tastes heavenly. The pure mandarin orange juice too was refreshing and sweet. Am SO happy with this jelly! Btw, if you like jelly oranges, check out this recipe too. Kids and lazy chewers love it.
Some trivia just to stress myself even more as the clock ticks away (do people have ticking clocks these days?). Question: Where did oranges originate from? Wrong, not Israel and certainly not South Africa. Oranges are originally from Southeast Asia although some botanists say they are probably from China. We have a local green-skin orange in Sabah that's very juicy but it seems to have gone extinct. Next. What color are black boxes? Wrong again, they are orange. Black boxes used to be black but now, orange is the color for flight data recorders because orange is the most easily seen color by the human eye, especially in dark places such as jungles and the deep blue sea. And this one: What is a mandarin? You better brush up because you're wrong again. A mandarin is a Chinese court official in ancient times. A mandarin orange is what you eat. Okay, I better type to the recipe and post soon. The Internet service has been erratic lately.
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Traffic Cone Jelly
25 ml fresh pure orange/mandarin orange juice
1/4 tsp caster sugar
1/8 tsp (or slightly under) agar powder
a teeny bit of yellow and red coloring (optional)
-- Scatter sugar and agar powder (or mix first) over the juice and heat, stirring, until sugar and agar are dissolved. Pour into a rinsed Nick Munro jelly mould.
The White Layers:
100 ml milk
3/4 tsp agar powder
1 tsp caster sugar (or omit)
--Heat everything together until sugar and agar are dissolved. Pour (when still very hot) less than half onto the previous layer.
The Second Orange Layer:
50 ml fresh pure orange/mandarin orange juice
1/4 tsp agar powder
1/2 to 1 tsp sugar (or to taste)
--Do same as the tip layer.
--When still very hot. pour onto the previous layer.
The Second White Layer:
If the remaining white jelly has set, re-heat it until fully melted and pour over trhe previous layer.
The Mango Layer:
100 ml water
1/2 tsp agar powder
1 to 2 tsp caster sugar (or to taste)
1 tbsp evaporated milk
1 tbsp mango pulp
a few mango cubes
1) Heat and dissolve the agar, sugar and milk as above. Remove from heat and add the mango pulp, stirring well. Sieve over the previous layer and drop in the mango cubes. Cool and chill well before serving with extra mango and mandarin orange/oranges.