A Last Century Dessert ©

This afternoon my wife came into my office and lifted the top of my printer so she could print the cover and a couple pages from a magazine she was holding. Nothing too unusual about that until I saw a full page ad of “The Marlboro Man” ® on one of the pages. I said “Boy, I haven’t seen a cigarette ad like that in years”. She said “I know, this is a magazine from 1992”! That’s when the conversation got interesting .

The good news is she wasn’t copying the picture of “The Marlboro Man” ®. I had forgotten how pervasive those cigarette ads used to be ; thankfully, they’re mostly gone now. What she was copying was the cover story of a dessert recipe that got her attention when she first read the magazine back in 1992! How’s that for long term memory? There goes any hope I was harboring of getting her to throw out the stacks of magazines the contents of which I assumed she had long since forgotten .

A few weeks ago I wrote in this column that we had finally cleared out a storage unit that’s been a thorn in our sides for several years. Well it seems that buried in one of those boxes was the June, 1992 issue of Gourmet magazine with its cover featuring a dessert they called “Apricot Berry Trifle”. “Have you ever made it”?, I asked. “No, it just looked so good I have to try it”, she said (From her memory of seeing this on the cover twenty two years ago!!!). I walked around the house stunned the rest of the afternoon.

Oh, and by the way, while she was unpacking the boxes of magazines from more than a score of years ago, she also found just the right dessert dish to serve the Trifle of a dessert. Perhaps that triggered her memory, eh? Seems like more than a trifle of a possibility to me.

So what’s the occasion for this trifling dessert? A year ago she committed to having all the “Girls” from the Women’s Mission Group from the church at our house for their March meeting. (I hope they take their missions as seriously as their desserts)! As my wife has been emptying cartons and tidying the inside of the house I’ve been assigned the outside chores, as in weeding and landscaping. That reminds me of a joke Rosey Grier of LA Rams “Fearsome Foursome” fame told about how fair the judge was during his divorce settlement. He said “The judge split everything right down the middle; she got the inside and I got the outside”!

It is Sunday night as I’m drafting this column so far. Tomorrow night I’ll take a sampling of the dessert as well as opinions from the designated WMU tasters. If it measures up, I’ll share the recipe in the next paragraph. If not, this will be an exceptionally short column!

It was not only delicious, it was beautiful as well and was met with rave reviews, but be forewarned, you need two days to make it. If you want the recipe, go to the website, http://www.facebook.com/VisitingAngelsofCentralGA/. (I started to list the ingredients here but ran out of room!).

I hope you get a chance to try it before the next century rolls around!

Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!

Apricot Berry Trifle

For the Apricot custard…..

2 1/2 cups milk

1 Vanilla bean, split lengthwise

6 large egg yolks

2/3 cups sugar

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

3 Tablespoons apricot brandy

1/2 Cup well-chilled heavy cream

6 Large, fresh apricots cut into 1/2 inch pieces

For the Red Berry Mixture…..

4 Cups strawberries

2 Cups raspberries

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 to 2 tablespoons framboise or Chambord

For the Blackberry Mixture…..

2 1/2 Cups blackberries

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 Tablespoon framboise or Chambord

For the Lemon Almond Spongecake

Bill Milby, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor and a Director of Visiting Angels® of Macon, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at william.mercylink@gmail.com

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