Monday 1 September 2014

Reader Recipe: Frog Eye Salad

Sound the clarinets! September is Reader Recipe Month! 

I’ll be posting caker recipes submitted by readers every Monday and Friday. That’s twice a week! Needless to say, my oven’s going to get a workout. Now if only I could figure out how to turn it on…

When I was a kid, we used to visit my grandmother and extended family in Saskatoon. One time, I was eating a tapioca pudding I found in her fridge and my cousin told me that the little balls were fish eyes. Naturally, I started crying and my mom had to pull me aside and remind me that I was eighteen now and not to believe everything people told me.

So I was pretty freaked out when Jana sent me the recipe for Frog Eye Salad. Thankfully, there are no frog eyes in it. The “eyes” are actually little pasta balls. LOL! I don’t know the size of clan that Jana’s cooking for, but I thirded this recipe (which was very complicated for someone who failed Grade 10 math) and it still made a big bowl. So unless you’re the Duggers, proceed with caution.

All in all, Frog Eye Salad was pretty good. It's like Ambrosia Salad. My mom used to make something similar, only with Minute Rice. Adding carbohydrates to Cool Whip makes eating it alongside ham a little more understandable.

A little.

Y’all come back Friday for our next reader recipe! Check out Jana's blog, Time Travel Kitchen.

1 box Acini de Pepe (see note 1)
3 cans crushed pineapple
3 cans mandarin oranges
1 package mini marshmallows
1 large Cool Whip
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 cups pineapple juice (drained from pineapple) (see note 2)

Boil noodles according to directions. Boil pineapple juice sugar and flour 2-3 minutes. Stir in noodles and let sit overnight. Add remaining ingredients the next day.

Note 1: Don’t go into an Italian store, asking for Acne of Pepper. That’s not the translation. Trust me on this.

Note 2: Since I only used one can of pineapple, I didn’t have quite enough juice to make a third of two cups. If that makes sense. Anyway, top it up with water. Or gin.

Source: Caker Jana


  1. The recipe is big enough for the whole family, and then enough for breakfast the next morning!

    You heard me.

    1. Jana, I was ascared to make this. I mean, THREE cans of mandarin oranges??? That's more Vitamin C than I've had in my entire life. Thanks for the recipe, though. Next up for me: Fish Eye Casserole.

    2. Mandarin oranges has a lot of vitamin C (see source). 3 cups has about 170% of RDA.

    3. Wait. Is it possible you can O.D. on vitamin C?

  2. Alaskan's use Pilot Bread as a main ingredient in many dishes. Even it it by itself. Are Alaskans poor white trash Americans or caker Canadians? Often Canadians think they are Americans and Americans think they are Canadians.

    1. I'd never heard of Pilot Bread before, but after a quick wiki search, I learned this: Alaskans enjoy warmed pilot bread with melted butter or with soup or moose stew. I think the moose stew means that Alaskans are caker Canadians, eh?

  3. Microwave pilot bread with spaghetti suave and Velveeta: pizza.

    1. I think you meant to write "sauce" but instead wrote "suave." I like spaghetti suave a LOT better.

  4. Combining pasta with Cool Whip like that makes this a one-plate Dinner/Dessert, no? Only one fork!
    It doesn't get much Cakier than that--I've heard you mention how Cakers dislike washing dishes.
    As for the oven, put a little Barry White on the hi-fi. That'll take care of it.

  5. Marshmellows and pasta together are just sooooo wrong on so many levels.

    1. One bright spot - at least there's no Ragu involved.