You’ve never heard of Strawberry Chiffon Soup? How odd. Well, not really because I just made that up. I used to make my Mom these collages of pictures and poems (famous quotes mixed with self-penned poems from the heart, of course) for Mother’s Day to try and express my appreciation and love for her. I was actually pretty good at it. Maybe I should have stuck with art and poetry because this Mother’s Day my “gift” of a Strawberry Chiffon Pie was, as my fiancé so delicately put it, “an epic failure”.
I am not going to share any of these poems with you. That’s because this “pie” is embarrassment enough for one day.
I am going to share a photo of the “pie”, but only one. My shame was almost too much to bear. In these situations, one has to laugh if only to keep from crying. And the crust was really delicious dipped in the Strawberry Chiffon Soup.
The mistakes that led to this soupy mess are too innumerable to spell out. As I was standing over the stove beating the custard until my arm almost dropped from exhaustion, I turned to my good friend Google. It turns out that I could not find one, not one, Strawberry Chiffon Pie recipe without gelatin. I checked all 3 dozen of my old and new cookbooks. They either had no chiffon pies or their recipes called for gelatin. I don’t do gelatin.
There is, however, a valid reason why every other recipe calls for gelatin, and that is because making it without it is difficult. Really difficult. My Mom taught me that the hardest earned successes taste the sweetest, so in the spirit of Mother’s Day I am going to try again tonight. My fiancé is running to get a double boiler as this is published even though he is supposed to be on a plane in 2 hours (that is love). Tomorrow, with the recipe, I will share with you why I chose a Strawberry Chiffon Pie with zero knowledge of how to make one.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you so much!