Here’s the perfect buffet-table dish for physics conferences.
This is from Mary Margaret McBride’s Encyclopedia of Cooking (1960). Volume 1 to be precise, which includes ABC’s For Cooks, Appetizers and Party Snacks, and Bean Bakes. I am not sure what category the Self-Layering Salad comes under, but I am pretty sure that it is not a Bean Bake.
2 packages orange-flavored gelatin
2 cups hot water
2 cups cold water
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups drained sliced Cling peaches, drained (No. 2 1/2 can)
3 medium bananas, sliced
Empty gelatin dessert into 2-quart bowl. Add hot water and stir until gelatin dessert has dissolved. Add cold water and almond extract to gelatin mixture. Cool and pour into a lightly oiled 9 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 inch loaf pan. Add peaches and banana slices to gelatin mixture. Be sure bananas are coated with gelatin mixture. Stir to distribute fruit evenly. Chill in refrigerator until firm.
Peaches will sink to the bottom of loaf pan and bananas will float, making a self-layered salad. Serves 6 to 8.
I guess those peaches did sink – canned peaches are like wet sponges. All that syrup. They even call it heavy syrup. That stuff has a very low center of gravity.
I think this probably is a party snack after all – a party for research scientists. Serve the self-layering salad and have them figure out the physics of the fruit to gelatin ratios. Or devise a few experiments for determining which fruits rise to the top of Jell-O and if so, in what sort of formations. Oh, or whatever. What do you want, I was an English major. They’ll figure something out, believe me. They will just entertain themselves over by the buffet table over there, and then we can sneak off and relax out by the pool with a nice big vodka and tonic. (Well, if we had a pool. But you know what I mean!)
Image is from a 1961 women’s magazine ad, about promoting higher education. It claims that the guy is a high school student in a physics lab. I don’t like the look of the glowing smoking stuff on the right though. And I don’t see a classroom in the background. However, the ad says “who is to say that he won’t someday be a brilliant scientist.” Me, I will say he won’t. For one thing, a brilliant scientist would wear protective goggles around that stuff on the right. And turn on the overhead lights too.
What I think he should do is get out of the lab and start making Jell-O salads instead.