This week the spam folder brought me yet another strange recipe.  (Sometimes I think that that sentence should start almost all of these posts.)  Strange recipes from the spam folder!  Anyway, this week the spam folder brought me a recipe for Orange Dressing.

My mother used to make cornbread dressing every Thanksgiving, but I don’t think that’s what this recipe is.  I also have no idea what I’d use this recipe for, I mean I’d never put Orange Dressing on a salad, unless that salad was just a fruit salad, and even then, why would I add this dressing?

The recipe!

Orange Dressing

  • Juice of two oranges,
  • Grated rind of one-half of an orange,
  • One-half cup of cold water,
  • One-half cup of sugar,
  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch.

Dissolve the sugar and the starch in water and add the fruit juice and the grated rind. Bring to a boil and cook for five minutes, and then remove from the fire and drop in yolk of one egg. Beat well to mix. Now beat the white very stiff, and then beat into the mixture and then chill and serve.

That looks kind of like a variant on an orange meringue.  Why I’d use that on a salad, okay, so I wouldn’t.  In other words, in my admittedly not very broad experience, I have no idea what this would be used for.

Once again, it seems the spam authors pulled this from Mrs Wilson’s Cookbook! Still their favorite cookbook.  I went looking through the book and I found reference to using this recipe on an Orange Salad.  Now, I like oranges.  I don’t love them as much as I love peaches, but they’re okay.  I do have a limit on how much orange I’ll eat before it gets to be too much and Orange Salad and Orange Dressing would probably be too much orange.

Until next time, toodles!