Saturday, November 3, 2012

it's a Retro Cook Off!


The day has finally arrived!
It's like Christmas morning, only it's midday...with vile retro food...
but hey - I'm excited!!
Can't wait to see what everyone has made.

Here is my dish inspiration...

Salmon Party Salad 
courtesy of Better Homes & Garden 1968


Gelatin, Salmon, Black Olives and Celery (I used Cucumber in mine), 
Grated Onion, Horseradish, Salt, Vinegar, Sugar & Avacado & Sour Cream 'Icing'


And here is my version...





Looking very pale in colour in comparison. 
Perhaps I should have used Red Salmon? Or added some PAL dog food?
I can't imagine how this is mean't to be eaten - 
on a cracker like a dip? With a fork?
I can however, VIVIDLY imagine it coming back up.

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And this is my sister Jenny's entry to the cook off.
(she doesn't have a blog so I'm happily adding her dish to mine)

Shrimp & Orange Cocktail 
courtesy of Keep Cool Cookbook by Susan Lloyd 1973

Cut the orange in half, remove fruit in segments. Mix together chopped segments of orange and shrimp together. Mix together with mayonnaise, cream, lemon juice and spoon into the orange and add shrimp pieces. Place in the fridge and chill before serving. 

  (She sent her teenage son down to buy parsley for the garnish. He came back with 'modern parsley' so off he was sent again to buy 'old fashioned' parsley.
It's the little details that make all the difference...)
 


Thanks Jen!

Please add your link and head on over to 
Lucy Violet Vintage for more retro cook off fun!
 Many thanks to all who have taken the time to join in, 
and a big Howdy! to those who are just popping in to see what's on offer.

Hope you enjoy!

"It's a Culinary Wonderland... " 
(sung to the tune of John Mayer's "Your Body is a Wonderland")

50 comments:

  1. mmmm....delicious! So happy to be joining in on the fun. You are a wonderful host! Tamara x

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    1. Thanks Tamara! So glad you were able to join. It's been great fun.x

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  2. Your Salmon Party Salad looks like something I might politely sidestep at a party, but it doesn't hold a candle to my Swedish Salad Mold in the ugliness category. I think I've got that one sewed up. :)

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    1. My word you have Dana! I've never seen anything quite like that culinary atrocity. And I agree - I would absolutely sidestep my salmon party salad too! Thanks so much for joining.x

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  3. Thats pretty ugly as ugly cooking goes-does it taste as bad as it looks? I'm sure this would have been the height of absolute sophistication in its heyday, say on a wedding table smorgasboard, perhaps with some Ritz crackers on the side!

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    1. LOL - a wedding table buffet! So funny. I had some Ritz crackers on a small side plate but they didn't really show up in my photos. I guess you could kind of paste it on the crackers like pate? I dared not taste it. It's still sitting in the garage fridge waiting for a taste tester! The smell alone was enough to make me gag.x

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    2. Oh and thank you so much for joining in Max! x

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  4. Salmon is so disgusting in a tin. I am still shuddering about all those body parts in there. Spinal cord. Urgh. Love your dish. I've added my link above.

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    1. Yes, Salmon in a tin is pretty foul. Add some Gelatin and things get ugly!!
      Thanks so much for joining in. It's been great fun.x

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  5. Hilarious! How did they get food so vividly coloured back then? That's so funny. Did you eat any? On some Saos?

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    1. On a SAO - LOL! You are gold.
      I am very suspicious about how they got the 'icing' so green!! I still have the scent and image of me 'folding' the salmon mix into the gelatin. Beyond FOUL. Hence, there has been no tasting. It's in the garage fridge waiting for a victim...Might try and get my husband to have go - on a SAO of course.x

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  6. Sorry I'm late but I have come prepared.....and a don't invite me round for tea tonight I'm washing my hair if that's on the menu...really bad good! :)

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    1. I reckon it'll keep nicely till our next catch up. It's got Vinegar in it, so we should be right! I'll bring the SAO's & the Ritz.x

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    2. Thanks for joining in too Pippa!x

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  7. Hi there mine host,

    if you serve this up you are not going to be known as the hostess with the mostess ANYMORE. Sorry Donna, I hate to break it to you, but we're bloggy friends aren't we? I have to tell you the truth, this is (obviously) not the time for white lies or subtleties.

    Seriously though, thanks for being my Retro Cook-Off partner Donna. You've done the Salmon Party Salad proud.

    p.s. Food colouring I tell you, THAT'S the answer!!!

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    1. Greeting co-host, this has been great fun! My dish pales (quite literally) in comparison to everyone else's fine efforts. I think you may be right about the food colouring. Smoke n Mirrors of the food styling industry! Great idea of yours this cook off Kylie - you rock. xx

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  8. Um gross. You may win for blechyist looking. I have to go check out Dana and the others though. I am late to the party and just wandering through this cacophony (how often do you get to use that word?) of dishes. Thanks Miss hostess for the party!

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    1. Hey man, I'll take the Blechyist award - it certainly won't be winning any others! Cacophony (I had to Google it) of dishes - Great description!
      Thanks so much for joining in Rebecca!x

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  9. I just found you, and Lucy Violet, via Max of Blackbird has Spoken, and am both terrified and admiring!! Having grown up during the era of horrific retro cooking,I suspect I've blocked a lot of this out of my memory!! I only really remember Mum's vichyssoise experiments,and cocktail onions...I actually do use one of her old cookbooks occasionally, but I don;t use the scary really,really retro cookbooks I have.O,exceot for the fondue one.You gals have got GUTS!Even if you've puked them up by now!
    :)

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    1. Hi Helga! Thanks for stopping by. I remember when there was always a jar of cocktail onions in the fridge - just incase an impromptu gathering occured at home! Max did a great job - I may never look at cornflakes the same again. x

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  10. This cook-off has been so much fun! Thanks to you and Kylie for hosting it.

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    1. Welcome! I am blown away by how much time and effort everyone has contributed to their dishes and posts. And also other readers who took time to comment. It's been a blast. Great fun. x

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  11. Do this again Donna! it's GOLD!

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    1. It's a shame it's so close to Christmas as we could've done a Christmas special. But then again, who could possibly compare to your SPAM n Peach delight? Hardly seems fair. x

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  12. It has been fun. Jen's prawn cocktail looks interesting. It reminds me of the jelly oranges. Weren't they the bomb at parties!

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    1. It's been great! Yes, as clearly evident by our offerings today - there was never any fear of my sister or I becoming chefs or home economics masters. Jelly Oranges! YUM.x

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  13. Nothing says party like a avocado icing!! Actually the combination of ingredients actually sounds yummy... thanks for hosting, this has been so much fun!
    x Tina

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    1. Welcome Tina! Agreed. The Avacado icing was the edible bit. The smell and sight of when I 'folded' the salmon/mayo/cucumber mix into the gelatin and it all just went to a pasty soup (before it was poured into the bowl & set) is now burned into my brain. Hideous!!!x

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  14. Hi again Donna, please tell Jenny I love her prawn cocktail stylin and I admire her for keeping it retro real and using curly parsley. I've got both types growing, but I didn't dare use the flat stuff as a garnish on my rice moulds - it had to be old-school parsley or nought! I'm really glad she joined in x

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    1. Sure thing Kylie - will do. You just can't cut corners on some things - like...parsley. I admire her for keeping it real too.x

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  15. I love it! I'm late up, being a Brit, but I'm in. And I have a fishy delight to offer too! I'd probably eat either of those, being an unfussy sort! Great idea for a party, thanks to you and Kylie for hosting.
    x

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  16. Oh that looks dreadful!!!!! Great fun, though!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  17. Ohhhh...wow. Actually your salmon salad looks a heck of a lot nicer than the original..yours, I'd possibly try to eat (maybe in a sandwich?) but that other green mound? Umm..nope.

    Very brave, must say! :)

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    1. Yes, the colours definitely varied between the original and mine!
      I agree that mine does look (just a touch) more edible.x

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  18. Oh man... I'm late to the party. I've got Golden Circle cook book from the 70's that's just dying to have it's recipes come to life.
    Fantastic effort Donna... can't wait to see the verdict on the taste :-/

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  19. Oh my mother makes a version of the salmon mousse, as it is known at our place. Thanks for the fun!

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    1. Hi Lea, I bet your mothers looks and tastes alot better than mine! xx

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  20. Thank you again! This was fun and I have enjoyed everyone's posts so much. Brilliant, brainy bunch of bloggers!

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    1. Thanks to you again Rebecca for joining in.x

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  21. You haven't tasted it yet? No, I don't blame you. It doesn't look good. Well, it does in an odd way but not to eat. Yours queasily, Loo xx

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  22. We must all remember - we are what we eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Anne :)

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    1. Indeed! Thanks so much for joining in Ann & Anne.xx

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  23. While I surely admire all the efforts of this Retro cook-off, so many of you stated that you didn't eat it, and that is - to me - a little unthoughtful in a world where there are so many people starving...

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    1. I must admit that this very thought had crossed my mind too. I can assure you it was never our intention for the cook off to seem thoughtless, wasteful or disrespectful.

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  24. I can't believe I missed this! That salmon party salad is brilliantly horrendous! Thanks for the chuckle xx

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    1. Hi Greer, thanks for popping by! x

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