Our word today is Setting
We could have the setting of the sun, the setting of a scene, or the setting of jelly.
To our American friends, this is jello, which we get in little packs of 12 ‘cubes’ over here rather than packets of crystals.
Now I like jelly! Love the stuff, and as a kid would often eat it ‘raw’!
I sometimes added an egg once it had cooled so that it thickened up and brought out the flavour, and also used to make a poor man’s mousse, using a tin of evaporated milk.
You make the jelly up to double strength (so I’d use two jellies to a pint of water and a full tin of evap). Then as the jelly was cooling, would whip up the evap until frothy and doubled in volume. When jelly was cool enough to put your finger in (too hot and it curdles), I added it to the evaporated milk, stirring all the time, then put it in the fridge to set. Adding it the other way round (ie, the evap to the jelly) doesn’t work so well as you lose your froth!
It didn’t matter if it ‘split’ during the process and you had fluffiness on top and a shiny bit on the bottom. Tasted lovely, and was a good cheap dessert.
Jellies in those days were about 10p each. Now you’re looking at 55p plus and they’re all pretty tasteless. Haven’t had one for years