Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 00:48:06 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Ambrosia!
Peter McGraw isn't the only one on the list who remembers ambrosia as
a "salad" (seemed like a dessert to me) made with pieces of fresh fruit
(usually including canned mandarin orange slices), nuts (usually English
walnuts), marshmallows, coconut, and whipped cream (the real stuff).
The fruit had to include apples and bananas. No jello. Jello desserts
came along later, and most of the netters have written about jello desserts
rather than ambrosia. But if one allows the semantic range of terms to
spread, one can call all of them ambrosia. Oh, yes, I forgot pineapple.
I remember reacting in the 1970s to the use of 'ambrosia' to refer to
jello salads -- particularly bothered by use of the term for combinations
that did not include coconut. In the 1940s my mother and her friends would
get whole coconuts when possible and break them open and then grate the
meat. They would save the liquid from the coconut to use in a real
coconut cream pie. This was in the 1940s. DMLance