Certain recipes have memories attached to them. This is one such recipe. As a child I used to stand in Jeroo masi’s kitchen and watch in awe as she churned out the most amazing dishes. Masi wasn’t a run-of-the-mill home cook. She had Rita, a gem of a lady, in the kitchen to make regular everyday fare for the family but come the time for a party or a get-together and Jeroo masi would take over the reins of the kitchen with gusto. She at times served this dish as a cold salad and at times as a hors d’oeuvre, gently nestled over warm canapés or vol-au-vents. Be it as a salad or a hors d’oeuvre, I could never get enough of it. When I began cooking and experimenting in the kitchen at the age of 13, I requested masi for this recipe and she happily parted with it.
The first time I made Seafood Mould, was the early 80’s. I was taking baby steps in the kitchen of a household where mum never cooked (she hates cooking – no judgements – didn’t make her any less of a wonderful mother and... she’s still the best! Touch wood! <3 ). Our kitchen drawers held no measuring spoons and gelatine was something I had only heard of when Granny made Bluebird Jelly. No surprise then that the first time I gave this dish a try I fell flat on my face. I used three times the amount of gelatine that I was actually supposed to use. *very sheepish look*
I learned my lesson since; the very next month I used all my pocket money (and some more – mummy zindabad) to invest in measuring spoons and some basic kitchenware. I was now on my way to mastering this recipe and many others thereby making lesser faux pas in the kitchen. ;)
I haven’t made this recipe in years and a few days ago decided to recreate it. How, then, could I not share it with all of you? I hope you all recreate this dish it in your kitchen with as much joy as I do when I make it in mine. Jeroo Masi, with all my love, always, this one’s for you! <3
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup tomato sauce/ketchup
6 level teaspoons gelatine powder
1 cup water
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
2 hard boiled eggs, finely diced
1 onion, finely diced
2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 capsicum, finely diced
¼ kilo fish steaks - boil in lightly salted water, drain, remove skin/bones and flake the fish meat12-13 medium sized prawns - boil in lightly salted water, drain and chop into tiny pieces
- Melt gelatine powder in 1 cup water over gentle heat. When melted, take the liquid off the fire and cool it, stirring all the time.
- When cool mix mayonnaise, tomato sauce/ketchup, juice of 1 lime and Worchestershire sauce into the gelatine.
- Mix well to ensure all ingredients come together nicely and evenly.
- Add fish, prawns, hard-boiled eggs, onion, capsicum and celery.
- Mix well and spoon the mixture into a bowl to set.
- Put in the fridge and allow to set for 4-6 hours.
Serve as a cold salad, directly, from a large bowl in which the dish has been set. You may set the bowl, in which the salad is set, over a larger bowl of ice if it’s a buffet meal.
Once set, serve as a hors d’oeuvre; a spoonful over warmed canapés (I used store bought ready canapés and merely warmed them in an oven for 2 minutes). Fill the canapés neatly or rustically, whatever rocks your boat. Alternately, you may also serve it in freshly baked vol-au-vent puffs.
|Store bought Canapés - Warmed for 2 minutes in a pre-heated oven|
- Please do not use gelatine sheets and, please, do not ask me whether you can substitute sheets for powder because my answer will be a firm, ‘No!’; more so because I will not be able to guide you in regard to balancing the proportion of powder by sheets.
- Any regular white fish (e.g. King fish-Surmai or Indian White Salmon-Rawas) will work fine for this recipe. Please avoid using fish that have a strong fishy odour.
- I would strongly advise the use of measuring spoons to ensure this dish turns out as it should.
- The mayonnaise used by me, for this recipe, is the one I make at home. I never use store bought, bottled mayo. The recipe of the mayonnaise used by me is on my blog under the name, ‘The Never-Fail Blender Mayonnaise’.
- No Instagram filters have been used on any of the photographs; I prefer you get to see the end product in its natural colour. Having said that, the dish appears a tad orange in certain photographs, instead of the peach colour that it actually was, because I have clicked those photographs during sunset, near the kitchen window.
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