Monday, January 23, 2012

The Patriots, Giants and Citrus Terrine

Other than soccer, we've not been big sport fans in our household.  The Baker played soccer in boarding school and came to love the game.  Both of our boys played in elementary school and we attended every game.  There's not much opportunity to watch soccer on television.  Gathering around the set on weekends has never been a part of our lives.  I always found it interesting that The Baker and the boys could hold their own when engaged in conversation about team rankings and games just played.

Now that The Baker has retired (well, semi-retired), he has more time and, this weekend, decided that we should watch the two games played to determine which teams would be in the Super Bowl.  I agreed thinking it wouldn't be much fun for him to watch them alone.  Besides, I had quite a bit of my current book to finish and figured I could do both, glancing up at the television when the crowd roared.  Little did I know that the "roar" is pretty constant no matter what.

Here is a bit of our conversation during the games:

Game no. 1

Me:  "Which team are you rooting for?"

He:  "I'm not sure."

Me:  "How do we know when to cheer?"

He:  "We don't need to cheer but  I think we should probably root for the Patriots."

Me:  "Why?"

He:  "Because Stefan (our New England son) probably is."

Me:  "Oh, O.K."

Game 2

Me:  "Are we rooting for San Francisco?"

He:  "Yes.  Adam (our Bay Area son) probably is."

Me:  "Well, if SF wins, who will we root for in the Super Bowl?"

He:  "Good question!"

Personally, I thought all teams were great and hated to see any of them lose after coming so far.

What does all this have to do with the citrus terrine?  Absolutely nothing!

As promised, here's the recipe.  According to a note on the page, I made it the first time in 1991.  It was a hit then too.  I've never had a failure with any of Sarah's recipes and return to them quite often.

Citrus Terrine from Sarah Leah Chase's Cold-Weather Cooking

8 large navel oranges
4 large pink grapefruit
1 cup fresh whole raspberries (Sarah uses 1/2 cup frozen)
Fresh orange juice as needed
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
1/2 orange-flavored liqueur 

1.  Up to three days before serving, line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with plastic wrap leaving a 3 to 4 inch overhang.
2.  Over a large bowl to catch the juices, carefully peel the citrus, scraping away all the pith.  Cut the sections out of the membrane that separate them.  Squeeze the juice out of the membrane before discarding.  Combine the raspberries with the citrus.
3.  Measure the juices and, if necessary, add fresh orange juice to make 2 1/2 cups.  Pour the juice into a saucepan, add the sugar and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat to a simmer and reduce by approximately 1/3.  This will take about twenty minutes.
4.  While the juices are reducing, stir the gelatin into the orange liqueur and set aside.
5.  Once the juices are reduced, stir the gelatin mixture in until completely dissolved.  Add to the fruit and stir well.
6.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  Fold the plastic wrap over the top and then add another layer to completely cover the top.  Freeze overnight or up to 36 hours.
7.  About two hours before serving, turn out onto a cutting board using the plastic wrap overhang to help you.  While still frozen, cut into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on a trap.  Refrigerate.
8.  Serve cold but not frozen.



  1. you get A + in my book for even sitting in front of the TV, i took my book and read during the games. yucky old football is my motto. makes no sense people falling on top of each other and running round in circles. hubby tried to explain it to me years ago and i finally told him i could not understand it because it was boring.

  2. Well we watch both games, And well if your form Indy your going with the NY Giants.

  3. College football is my thing. I love it!! The only reason I watch the NFL at all is because I've been a Tim Tebow fan since his first year at UF, so when he was drafted to Denver, I knew I'd root for them. Since they were eliminated last week, I didn't even watch the games this weekend, and I'm quite sure I won't be watching the Super Bowl either. The rest of my family will, though, and they will probably want to have a bunch of junk food to go with it.

    As always, Bonnie, your recipe looks delish. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a great day,

  4. That is just so delicious! Sounds like you are Italian:) we are obsessed by soccer. I am following you from Rome, but I am actually Sicilian. My husband is Japanese and would you believe he once got 13 in the Totocalcio? The problem is almost everyone in Italy got 13 that time so we only got about 700.000 Lire (at the time we still had our beloved lira) which was something like 400 Euro now.

  5. I just love the idea of this terrine! More fruit than gelatin -- like a real fruit cake! Gotta try this . . . soon!!! (from an almost non-football fan)

  6. Yes, with a big family you do need to keep up who is rooting for who!
    This terrine does look fabulous! Citrus and fruit does not have to be reserved for summer. I do not think I would wait for summer to enjoy this. Delicious post!

  7. We had a football day as well. We are from Maine and it is a state law to root for the Patriots. I do not understand football - never have, never will. I knit and pretend to watch and keep "him" company.

  8. The citrus terrine is beautiful, I've never seen anything like it. What a funny story about the games. I don't think we could watch any without rooting for someone, but for ice-skating, I just like to watch and don't need to have a favorite.

  9. The terrine looks beautiful! And I'm in agreement with you and the sports -- the ability for boys and men to know statistics and so much information when they barely watch the games. What's UP with that? :)

  10. What a wonderful lookin' dish to brighten up a winter's day!

    Yep', we had a game on from the time we walked in from church 'till Housewives came on then after Housewives...'till I sacked out.

    I'm not a fan but Farm Boy is. I generally read but our conversations coulda be the same!!!!

    God bless your week sweetie!!! :o)

  11. That looks yummy and refreshing.

    Soccer, a big thing with hubby as he was a national ref. Football, not here but like to watch half time and the commercials.

  12. Yes we watched the games as well. I do enjoy college football, but find professional sports too much about the players than the game. I had knitting to attend to so I sat and knitted. We didn't have a favorite team, and have no clue who to root for in the Super Bowl. Hope you are having a good Monday. Bonnie

  13. Loved the game conversation :) I'm happy that at least after beating the Packers that the Giants made it to the big game. Doesn't make me feel so bad.

    With all of the beautiful citrus available right now, this sounds like a delicious terrine recipe!

  14. Your football comments would be mine. Football is not big in our house except for when things get really exciting. Basketball is another story, especially college games!

  15. Well, with my team out of it, I'm routing for NY! Your dessert is beautiful, how fun that we both played with gelatin this weekend:@)

  16. Hi Bonnie, We are football lovers (both college and pro).. I've always loved sports--and after raising 3 sons who love sports, I still keep up with the games.

    None of 'my' favorite teams are in the Super Bowl--but we'll still watch the game. I am for the Giants and hubby is for the Patriots.. SO--we're a house divided... Just hope it is a good game.

    Did you hear Steven Tyler sing the National Anthem??? GADS--it was HORRIBLE...

    Your citrus terrine sounds yummy..

  17. Pst! If you are from Indiana, and have any love for the Colts, then the Patriots are NASTY! ;-) I'm rooting for Peyton's little bro. Your citrus terrine looks very interesting. I don't think I have ever seen this kind of combination of ingredients. I'm such a country girl!

  18. So glad you recorded this awesome and hilarious conversation.


  19. Hi Bonnie, Your post gave me a big smile. Over here in the UK Football is King! Fortunately my husband can retreat to the bedroom and watch it on the TV there, otherwise it can take over!!
    Your recipe looks super.
    Big Hugs
    June xx

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  22. That looked so good when I saw the photo last post. Sarah is the best! Now how did I ever miss this recipe? I have both her books.

  23. Bonnie, I LOVE your new header photo! yea, birthday celebrations!

    Uh, yeah... I lost interest two weekends ago when my favorite QBs were knocked out. ;)

    This Citrus Terrine looks so beautiful and I know it tasted as good as it looks! blessings ~ tanna

  24. I've never made anything like this terrine, Bonnie, and it looks delicious. Citrus is great right now and this would be lovely with a heavy meal (or all by itself too). No footballs fans here.

  25. That looks so delicious and refreshing....thanks

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