Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 08:33:08 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka 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 Still done this way in Milledgeville, GA. The coconut is cracked by heating it in the oven. What would the microwave do to it? Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]