Tuesday, January 9, 2007

frog eye salad

Another creation that baffles me. We received some of the leftovers from a party last night. Honestly, it's not that bad, but I really want to know who comes up with these things! Although it's at just about every church gathering, I don't think it originates here. I would like to think so, but it doesn't. So if anyone knows the origins of this salad and of the gift of the magi bread, I would love to know. This "salad" includes marshmallows, cool whip, coconut, pineapple, mandarin oranges, optional maraschino cherries, and pasta called "acine de pepe". A lot of people believe that it's tapioca pudding and not this pasta that give this dish its famous tecture. This pasta, mixed with the other ingredients gives the appearance of frog eyes. I remember being told as a child, "Eat this salad. It's got frog eyes in it. You see?" My mom meant it to be fun, but my older siblings and father had me believing for years that it was really indeed frog eyes. So maybe that has something to do with my distate of this salad, or maybe it's the fact that all these ingredients really don't belong together in my opinion. Whatever the reason, it goes into my "bizarre recipes" collection. There are more to come, you can be sure of it. Or maybe I should do a piece on maraschino cherries and the places they don't belong. Hmm. Oh, and don't think you were leaving empty handed. I've got the recipe right here.

1 comment:

Techsasgirl said...

My great grandmother, "Toots" and her sister, "Punky" created this recipe more than 50 years ago for a 4H contest in Colorado. It has been a family favorite ever since then. The reason the recipe makes so much is twofold. 1) it was a large family, so much was needed. 2) It is so good, if you don't make that much, you will run out!