Monday, October 17, 2011

Mt Purple

                                         "Every mountain came from a molehill"

Mt Purple: Coconut milk-flavored Japanese snow jelly for the snowy peaks and ajar jelly made with liquid from boiling a beautiful sweet purple potato with sugar for the rest of the mountain, surrounded by shaved ice, potato cubes and doused with fresh coconut milk.

When Wey saw this jelly, he asked if I've finally run out of ideas. On the contrary, I told him, I have many more jelly ideas, so many that I'm scheduling them because there's only 13 more jellies to go for the Royal Selangor Pewter Jelliriffic! Challenge.

Sometimes ideas for new jellies and the actual results can turn out very different. Sometimes they turn out better, many times they are what Wey calls "atrocious". Wey keeps telling me that I have to make his fave jelly, broken glass, but I'm on a creative mode. I want to make new jellies with new flavors, not boring blobs. Well, this is what happened to my idea of a jelly of K2, the world's second highest mountain. Nick Munro, the British designer of the Jelliriffic! mould, said that the mould was inspired by mountains. Looking at the steep slopes of the Jelliriffic mould, Munro must've had the mountains K2 and Matterhorn in mind because the Jelliriffic mould has a sharp peak just like these majestic mountains.

I made the mountain peak with Japanese snow jelly, which is melted sugar and gelatine whisked under a basin of ice and water until the air bubbles foam and gel, just like beaten egg whites. In such a light suspended state, the jelly melted easily when the purple jelly was poured onto it. I had to re-do it, this time chilling the snow jelly thoroughly before cutting the jagged outline. I also couldn't get a sharp cut of the snow jelly. I think what I should've done was dip the knife in water before every cut. I couldn't think of any food that's grey so I used a purple potato I had in my kitchen. Eaten with shaved ice and coconut milk, the jelly actually tasted very refreshing. The purple potatoes were very fragrant, coconut milk was creamy and SO rich in flavor (makes anything nice, I told you) and eating this jelly, I'm reminded of bubur chacha and ice kachang. I don't know...I think with some refining like addition of boiled red beans and gula melaka, this jelly has great potential but it's too late to re-do it today so let's just go with it.

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Whisk the melted gelatine and sugar over a tub of ice and water and it will foam like whipped egg whites. 


                      Snow jelly is very light and foamy in texture, looking kind of like snow especially when it's not fully set. If chilled longer, the snow jelly in the photo would look firmer, almost sponge-like.

Mt Purple
Top Snow Layer:
1/4 cup water
1/2 tbsp gelatine powder
2/3 tbsp caster sugar
a drop or two of coconut essence
Prepare: a bowl of ice cubes and water big enough to fit the cooking pot.
Boil,uncovered,1 small purple potato (peeled) with 2 cups water and 4 tbsp sugar until a wooden skewer can pass through the potato easily. Keep the purple liquid which would have reduced by less than half.
1. Scatter the gelatine powder over the water in a small pot, wait 2 minutes,then heat it, adding sugar and stirring until all the gelatine and sugar are dissolved. Cool and add 1/4 cup cold water and the coconut essence. Sit the pot over a bowl of ice cubes and water and use a hand-held electric whisk to whip the gelatine until it is foamy. Be careful not to whip for too long because the foam'll set and can't be poured into the mould.
2. Pour into a rinsed Jelliriffic! mould and leave in fridge to set.
3. When set thoroughly, cut away sharp Vs around the jelly.
Bottom Layer:
100 ml liquid from cooking the potatoes
1/2 tsp agar powder
1. Scatter the agar powder over the purple liquid in a small pot and heat, stirring well, until the agar is dissolved. Cool.
2. Pour onto the snow layer and leave to set. Put into fridge and chill very well.
To serve:
Put the jelly on a bed of shaved ice and serve with thick fresh coconut milk and cubes of boiled potatoes.


ann low said...

So pretty! Looks like a purple volcano :D

Anonymous said...

<3 <3!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Terri!
I like to watch how much you like to play with Jelly and mould!! You're so clever!
A big hug!

Sharon said...

You seemed to churn out better and better creations each day, i've lost count which were your best. I know you have many more creations that would surpass all your previous ones. Can't wait to see your king of kings.

Denise ^ ChickyEGG said...

so Beautiful !


reminds me of a dessert that you would find in a HK dessert shop! Purple really makes it stand out though and I can imagine the taste, yummie.....all the way from KL here..

Yolly said...

Terri! you are great. admired you so much for using real food in your creation. Looking forward for the next ones.

Unknown said...

Hi Terri, this sounded just like Bubur Cha Cha but I'll have to say, it looked terrific!!! Well done and all the best in winning this competition!!!

red | hongyi said...

mama, you've wow-ed me again! i love how you always try to make something new and how you use real ingredients instead of say, pouring in pandan extract into your stuff. haha. wish i was at home to try this!

Zurin said...

Brilliant! SO SO pretty...:)))

Anonymous said...


Greg Wee said...

Another creative one. Did not know u can whisk foam like this. This s new. Nee.

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Elsie T said...

Purple is my fav color! and sweet potato are delicious and nutritious!!! yums! oh, i love your creations! keep it going! all the best for the competition. =)

Chocolate Cookies & Candies said...

WHOA! Incredible!! You need to compile all these amazing jelly creations into a book.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Another nice creation! Lovely purple !

~hh~ said...


what a Delicious Purple Delite!!!

more please!!!!

tina said...

You keep coming up with all these beautiful creations and I applaud you for it. Gambatte ne, slightly less than half more to go!

Lite Home Bake said...

This comes in such a pretty color!

ninazsyafinaz said...

Lovely purple..lovely tempting to eat.

terri@adailyobsession said...

ann: yes now tt you mentioned it lol

anon: oh, i see, it's two hearts:D!

laubao: how are you? i' hven't been to ur blog to check on you! i must visit soon. big big hugs too:D

sharon: oh u know me ah. yes i have planned a king but not sure if it'll turn out ok. jellies are not tt easy to make!

denise: thaanks. how r you ??

running brook: oh yes hk dessert. i have a hk dessert coming up tt'll knock u off ur chair:D

yolly: thank you dear! couldnt find any luson mangoes the other day. did you buy them all?

joh: thnks, joe!

zurin: so are you:)))

anon: :DD

yi: oh sweetheart , tq:))

gregwee: try it. but must let it set overnight. mine was too soft.

anon: huh? dayaum?

elsie: yes teh color is so goreous it's hard to believe that it's all natural but it is!

ccc: you're the 2nd person to tell me tt this week!

sonia, hh, tina, lite home, nina: thanks girls, over and over for such nice words!

Clement said...

Impressive.....I am 'feasting' my eyes now. It tastes 'Mt-----tastic'

Sharn said...

I think this might be the first purple one of seen in the comp! Good work! haha

xlpharmacy said...

I think that this is perfect , I want to enjoy more about it! I feel so happy with your info! bye bye !

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