“Ooo, I’ll have a trifle of that…”

by Ailbhe on May 12, 2016

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So I was strolling along to the voting station last week, ready to add my tuppence ha’penny to the mix and vote for the London Mayor (Sadiq Khan if you must know, he was a good councillor for us and an active MP and shame on you Zac Goldsmith for tawdry tactics – political rant over) when, apropos of nothing, I had a yearn for trifle. Not the homemade-custard-crushed-amaretti-home-poached-fruits-whipped-cream-with-exotic-liquor-and-toasted-almond-flakes trifle that might grace our food lovers table these days. No, I wanted the store-bought-jelly-cubes-(red)-tinned-fruit-(with dodgy glacé cherry)-bought-sponge-(suitably tasteless)-cream and hundreds-and-thousands trifle of yore. Well, my yore. Not as easy as you would think. Two trips it took to find the jelly cubes and horror of horrors, the only sherry in this gourmet household is fino (far too dry), so I mixed Cointreau and Bundaberg rum and soaked the sponge with that. Nowhere as good as the everlasting bottle of Harvey’s Bristol cream we had in our parents home. But it was alcohol at least.

In the end I got my jelly trifle. And do you know what, it wasn’t bad. It looked great, all jewel like and glistening and cool. Certainly was refreshing on the hottest day so far this year. Might even consider making it again. Next Mayoral elections perhaps?


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1 Niamh Shields May 12, 2016 at 16:18

oh but FINO! Although, yes, too dry for the purpose.

So pleased we have a human as a mayor again 😀


2 Ailbhe May 12, 2016 at 16:22

Couldn’t waste the fino on it (but you’ll be happy to know I had a glass just to make sure I had surmised correctly). And yes, good riddance Boris, you old well-educated slippery blustering buffoon. Stick to TV where you can’t ruin lives *shakes little fist*


3 Louise OFarrell May 12, 2016 at 16:23

Tags: childhood, jelly, trifle: exactly right. We had this kind of trifle at every birthday party as kids, along with cocktail sausages and little sandwiches. Trifle was made in individual paper bowls, with hundreds and thousands on top (not sure if sherry was included but it probably was). Now I want to eat one. . .


4 Ailbhe May 12, 2016 at 16:58

Go for it Louise. There were too many in my childhood household for individual paper bowls (7 kids). I do have Mum’s wavy glass bowl somewhere. All jelly creations were made in it… now where did I see it last?


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