December 12, 2012

National Ambrosia Day

"In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia." - James Earl Jones

It's National Ambrosia Day!

Fan of fruit salad, but looking to change things up? Just want a break from the heavy foods of the holiday season? Why not try "the food of the Gods" (supposedly, if you eat it, you'll become immortal according to Greek mythology)?

Ambrosia is basically a kind of fruit salad, not a sheepdog ridden by Sir Didymus. Sorry, 80's babies... I was convinced it was this, too:

It's made with whipped cream, sour cream or yogurt if you want, pineapple, oranges, miniature marshmallows, and shredded coconut. Which sounds like a really bizarre combination of textures, but it's actually a beloved dessert here in the states (and apparently, one of my ancestors favorite eats).

While you can buy ambrosia pre-made at most grocery stores, I highly encourage that you make your own. It's not that difficult to assemble: mix together the whipped cream and sour cream. Add the marshmallows, the pineapple, the oranges, then top with the coconut. Refrigerate before serving... and voila!

Food of the Gods.

Happy National Ambrosia Day!