IMBB #15: Riesling Fruit Salad!

May 22, 2005

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EXT. VALLEY HOUSE–LARGE BACKYARD–LATE AFTERNOON

Matt is hosting a rousing barbecue of LA’s young and swanky crowd. PARTY GUESTS mingle by the barbecue pit that has been dug in one corner of the yard. Caryn and Winnie hang out near a table of salads, taking in the scene. Given the recent heat wave, they are appropriately dressed in cool linen.

Matt leads a tall, gorgeous BLOND WOMAN over to Caryn and Winnie. Her sparkling blouse and high heels might be better suited for cocktail hour, but she wears it well.

MATT

Caryn, Winnie. This is Lisa.

The ladies exchange greetings as Lisa scoots other plates aside to put down her colorful pasta salad.

CARYN

That looks very tasty, Lisa.

LISA

Thanks. I actually can’t eat it, though. I’m a carb-free vegan.

Caryn and Winnie share a look.

MATT

Caryn, what did you bring?

She points to her molded fruit salad, where peaches and pears glisten under a pale gold gelatin.

CARYN

It has a late-harvest riesling in it.

LISA

Ohhh, a jello salad. I liked those when I was a kid. How cute.

Caryn’s eyes narrow as she opens her mouth to respond, but Matt jumps in.

MATT

You must be thirsty, Lisa. Let’s go get a drink.

Lisa nods and heads towards the beverage table. Matt whispers back toward Caryn and Winnie.

MATT (CONT’D)

Hot day, huh?

He winks just as he is enveloped in a small crowd.

WINNIE

A carb-free vegan? What the heck does she eat?

Vic sneaks up behind Winnie.

VIC

Who are you two critiquing now?

Winnie links her arm into her fiance’s.

WINNIE

Are y’all ready to go? I’m tired already.

CARYN

Yeah, I have an early flight tomorrow.

Winnie pretends to pout at the thought. By the drinks, Matt leans in to whisper something into Lisa’s ear, causing her to break out in a high-pitched squeal of a laugh.

CARYN (CONT’D)

I don’t think we need to say goodbye. Let’s go.

EXT. FREEWAY–NEXT MORNING

A stretch limosine idles in the left lane of a jam-packed freeway that simply does not move.

INT. LIMO

Caryn and Mr. R. sit quietly on opposite ends of the plush car. She hugs her bag to her chest and watches traffic creep by as Mr. R. reads a book. After a moment, he sighs and snaps the book closed to examine the traffic situation.

MR. R.

I won’t miss this.

CARYN

I think we all need a little break from this city.

The traffic starts to pick up for no apparent reason and in little time they are breezing down the freeway, finally on their way…

This entry was posted as a part of IMBB #15: Has My Blog Jelled?. Check out the many other creative entries!

Riesling Fruit Salad

2 small peaches, peeled and sliced

1 pear, peeled and sliced

2 apricots, sliced

1/2 pint raspberries

1/2 pint blueberries

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

2 TB. sugar

3 cups white grape juice

2 cups riesling, preferrably late harvest**

1. In small saucepan, sprinkle gealtin over 1 cup grape juice. Let stand 2-3 minutes. Stir in sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often until granules are completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl. Add remaining grape juice and wine.

2. Place bowl over a larger bowl half-filled with ice water. Let stand about 20 minutes or until gelatin starts to thicken, stirring occasionally. Whisk gelatin to form bubbles throughout. Stir in fruit. Remove from ice bath and pour into 8-10 cup mold. Refrigerate at least 8 hours until firm.

3. Place a plate upside down on top of mold. Invert onto plate. If gelatin does not release, dip mold up to rim in warm water for 5 seconds before inverting.

Serves 12.

**Sparkling grape juice can be substituted for a non-alcoholic version.

9 thoughts on “IMBB #15: Riesling Fruit Salad!

  1. bluepoppy

    I am hooked on your blog! I never watch serial TV shows, but this story line with Caryn has me coming back to see what’s happening. But I must say that your recipes are also terrific. I’m not a complete wine novice, but I don’t know how to identify a “late harvest” Reisling. Any suggestions?

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  2. Nicky

    Sadly I experienced some problems in the past, when I tried to make desserts with gelatine and (maybe too much) alcohol… Your cake-shaped fruit-salad looks perfect! Fantastic picture :)

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  3. Nic

    Of course the salad is gorgeous – what else!

    I’m excited for Caryn and can’t wait to see how she does on the set.

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  4. keiko

    Hi Caryn – this looks beautiful and really fruity! I actually made a white wine mousse for IMBB, but didn’t have time to write a post about it. This salad must be perfect for the end of a summer meal.

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  5. Pam

    Hi Caryn, Your shots look so professional. That fruit salad looks delicious, probably because of the wine…. Love your blog!!

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  6. Samantha

    Hi Caryn,

    Just found your site, and I love it! The combination of great recipes & pictures and the screenwriting format is brilliant. I look forward to reading more!

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  7. caryn

    Thanks, Bluepoppy! A late-harvest wine is one that includes grapes that were harvested later than usual…meaning the sugar content goes up. Thus, the wine is sweeter and usually served with dessert.

    Nicky, I haven’t had a problem making this salad with wine…I’ve made it a couple times. Maybe the grape juice stabilizes it a bit?

    Keiko, I understand about getting posts up. It’s harder than one things…the cooking is the easy part!

    Thanks, all! I appreciate the positive feedback. Encourages me to get another post up!!

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