Get Your Jelly On – Day 8: Apple jelly- My Tribute to Steve Jobs
On the 05/10, I woke up and switched on my iPad2. I went to Facebook to check on updates of my friends and I saw a few links showed Steve Jobs is dead. I was shocked! I then went on google news to confirm. To my dismay, that piece of news is true. He is a genius to me, so talented, successful and inspirational! Without him, I wouldn’t have owned all my Apple products. It was sad to learn about the news.
I had a sudden change of plan of what I was going to make after I heard the news. On the 8th day of the Royal Selangor – Get Your Jelly On– 30-day Challenge, instead of posting a recipe that uses Royal Selangor Pewter Jelly Mould, which I had planned earlier, I changed my mind and thought I wanted to do something to pay tribute to late Steve Jobs. Without him, the world of technology wouldn’t have gone this far – with all the innovative Apple products that stay close to almost everyone’s heart.
I decided to make an apple jelly, with an apple symbol inside the jelly. It took me 3 attempts – first time, I didn’t think twice and decided to use agar agar, which didn’t set clear. So, the slice of apple inside wasn’t very visible. Second attempt with gelatine looked lovely but the jelly was too fragile to stand on its own with the slice of apple in the middle. Third time lucky, I decided to add more gelatine and got an good result. Could have been better!
The idea is very simple – use apple juice with a slice of apple which is cut like the ‘apple’ symbol on all the Apple’s products. I have chosen to use clear apple juice rather than cloudy apple juice so to make it possible to see the apple from the outside. It is a great loss to the world of technology.
I will always remember Steve Jobs. Throughout the years, he’s not only changed our lives with innovative products, but also with memorable words. One of his quotes that will keep me going- “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
For the Apple jelly:
150ml clear apple juice
3 gelatine sheets
a slice of apple
1. Put the apple juice in a saucepan over low heat and bring to the boil, set aside. Meanwhile, soak 3 gelatine sheets in cold water for a few minutes until softened. Squeeze excess water from the sheets before adding to the hot apple juice. Stir well.
2. Cut a slice of apple, use a round measuring spoon to cut off the right edge, like the ‘Apple’ symbol. Put the apple into the mould, secure it with a cocktail pick to hold its position in the middle of the mould. Pour the apple juice into the jelly mould and chill for 4-6 hours, or until completely set.
3. Loosen the jelly by running the tip of a knife around the edge, then pulling it carefully away from the mould with your thumb. Invert onto a plate and flick the mould forward to release it.