Jul 13, 2011

Sassy Pineapple

Fizzy Pineapple

Just a quick recipe to show you how we like to eat our pineapple here for dessert. Well, recipe is a big word.

Most of my recipes have a common denominator: savoriness. With one exception, and that is fruit. Huge chunks of fresh and sweet fruit that have a cheerful explode-in-your-mouth juiciness to them make me really happy.

Pineapple -or ananas as we call it- is one of those fruits. Pineapple lends itself perfectly to savory dishes, that aside, but we like to eat it sprinkled with a mint sugar that’s infused with the warmth of cinnamon and the zing of chilies.

When you add flavors like that to your fruit, you create a whole new and interesting dimension to it. A genuine flavor-bomb that will be the perfect ending to any summer dinner, be it BBQ, buffet, pizza, or a simple sandwich.

 

Ingredients:

1 ripe pineapple
3 to 4 tbsp sugar (or castor sugar)
1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
handful fresh mint leaves

 

Directions:

I prefer to use a cinnamon stick for this that I grind with my mortar & pestle. It makes me feel like a witch.
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Add the dried chili flakes. The chili really makes the flavor of the pineapple pop.
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Add 1 tsp sugar and start grinding.
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Until you have a fine powder.
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Fresh mint goes perfect with pineapple.
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I’ve added a good handful of mint leaves and 2 more tbsp sugar. Now, mash the heck out of it.
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And keep mashing. It’s therapeutic.
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Finally you end up with a wicked green sugar that smells heavenly.
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Remove the pineapple skin.
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Remove the core and cut it in thin slices.
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The blue nail polish looks horrible, at least I think it does, but my son adores it. The things we do for love, right? I’m a sucker.
 

Sprinkle the mint sugar over the pineapple and garnish with mint leaves. This is so tasty.

Fizzy Pineapple

Sassy Pineapple
Ingredients
    1 ripe pineapple
    3 to 4 tbsp sugar (or castor sugar)
    1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp dried chili flakes
    handful fresh mint leaves
Directions
    Use a mortar and pestle to grind the cinnamon stick. Add the dried chili flakes, one tbsp sugar, and keep mashing until you have a fine powder.

    Add a good handful of fresh mint and the remaining sugar. Mash it until you have a beautifully green sugar.

    Peel the pineapple. remove the core and thinly slice it.

    Sprinkle the sugar all over the pineapple and garnish with some mint leaves.
Meal type: dessert
Servings: 4
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Jan 17, 2011

Strawberry Crunch

And one more old guestpost revived on Kayotic Kitchen. Not just because my kiddo came down with H1N1 flu and is very sick, but also because it would be close to a venial sin to let this recipe go to waste. Old and bad photography, but a wonderfully simple and tasty recipe. This dessert hits all the right spots and—when strawberries are in season—won’t break the bank. Must say that…