Childhood and Jelly

How often do you spend time reminiscing about your childhood? A few days ago, I managed to dig up my old diaries from over 10 years ago, hidden behind piles of books on my old book shelf in my family home. Reading back, I felt a wave of nostalgia. Come to think of it, so much had happened within these past 10 years with many ups and downs. Yet, I donโ€™t feel much different from who I was back then. I always seem to have been the kind of person who strives for and wants more in life, no matter how tiring it can get. But at times I feel lost, not knowing where to go next, questioning what I am doing and feeling demotivated.

I remember when I was a child I used to get so excited over the simplest things in life. Cartoons, comics, games… But my passion in these things slowly somehow dwindled. One of the many things though that get me all hyped up back when I was a little kid was the agar jelly that my mum used to make.

Agar is a type of seaweed that can be used as a substitute for gelatine, and it is widely used in many Asian desserts. It is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. My family often used strips of dried agar and rock sugar to make jelly as snacks since the recipe is very straightforward (see below). Most of the times we have them plain, but we also sometimes like to incorporate other things such as coconut milk into the jelly.

My mum taught me how to make them today, and the process really made me reflect about things now in my life. Why make things complicated when you can have them so simple? Perhaps simplicity really is the best policy to happiness. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚ Do you agree? ๐Ÿค—

Plain Agar Jelly

Quantity: about 30 small jellies


450g water

7g dried agar strips

80g rock sugar


1. Heat the water in a saucepan to boil.

2. Add the agar and sugar to the boiling water. Continue to heat until they have fully dissolved.

3. Pour the mixture into moulds of your choosing. Place in fridge for about 15 mins, or until set. (It should set quite quickly.)

4. Remove from moulds gently.

For the coconut agar jelly, substitute about half of the water with coconut milk.

4 thoughts on “Childhood and Jelly

  1. When I was younger I was always searching for something more until I realised that happiness and contentment comes from within. Thatโ€™s why childhood memories seems so good because we were living in the moment, accepting what we had and loving life.

    Those jellies look good too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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