Recipes from Pineapple

Other Benefits Of Pineapple Fruits

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Last weekend I went to the market to buy groceries for cooking over the  weekend lunch and dinner. I stumbled upon a stall selling “honey” pineapple. I bought one which is about  2 kg.  Wow!! aren’t they delicious???

This is the pineapple I bought….so delicious!!!

Pineapple is a  remarkable fruit. The fruit is not only enjoyable to eat because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavour, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice  helps to get rid of intestinal worms.

I’m always interested to look at how pineapple affects other conditions of our body system.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.  A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Because of my passion in gardening I also break off the top portion of the fruit or some called it the “crown” and wrapped the bottom with some wet tissue and newsprint papers. I sprinkled the papers sparingly every alternate mornings to make sure they remain fresh. I plan to grow  them ( there are 2 stalks) on the ground of my home when I go back to Subang  Bestari. Don’t know yet whether  the soil in our area are suitable….

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Be versatile in your cooking and make ”Pineapple with Shrimp and Chilli Paste”

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Hi, Its been long since I post anything. I’ve been very busy lately with attending courses on sewing ….clothes and curtains. I have future plans towards this profession when I move back to Shah Alam.  Coincidently with the recent  Eid celebration ie  Hari Raya Aidilfitri I have to pause all my other activities to concentrate on preparing orders for Pineapple and Strawberry Tart cookies.

I am not a  professional  chef. I prepare simple meals for my family. But when I put  food on the table I will make sure the meals look versatile and interesting to create good appetite to eat. Be versatile on the colours of your dishes. A good example add a few cuts of ripe pineapple on your meal you prepare as the golden colour will enhance the food presentation.

Let’s try something a little bit of hot and spicy dish.  Malaysians like to make ‘ sambal belacan” ie chilli paste pounded with shrimp. Add some ripe cut pineapples to it and you will love the aroma of the dish not to mention the mouth-watering taste !!!

PINEAPPLE  WITH  SHRIMP-  CHILI PASTE

SAMBAL BELACAN  NENAS

1/2 cup  ripe pineapple/nenas masak

2 red chillies/cili merah

5 bird’s-eye chillies/ cili api

2cm shrimp paste/belacan

salt and sugar to taste/garam dan gula


Method/Caranya


Pound all chillies with shrimp paste,

Add salt and sugar,

Add pineapple cuts pound again and serve.

optional;

Some people like to grill a few minutes of the shrimp paste it taste better !!


Notes about this recipe: If you run out of idea what to prepare for lunch or dinner and your family likes something savoury and hot, this pineapple recipe is a good choice.


Pineapple Sweet Sour Meat

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Ingredients:

1/2 fresh pineapple cut into medium slices

1/2 kg lean beef cut into medium slices

10 pcs dried chillies blended

2 stalks lemon grass, sliced.

2cm ginger sliced like match stick

1/4 cup vinegar

3 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1cup plain water

2 tablespoon black soy sauce

2 pcs onions sliced

4 pcs shallot sliced

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Methods:

1. Mix beef with salt,  black soy sauce set aside then fry until slightly tender.

2.In a separate pan saute onions and shallots until brown then stir in dried chillies and lemon grass.

3. Add ginger, cinnamon powder, vinegar,water into the chillies mixture stir awhile until slightly thick.

4. Add beef stir until mix well .

5. Add cut pineapple  and brown sugar.

Pineapple Pudding

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1 pkt jelly

1 tin evaporated milk

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 cup custard floor( add 1/4 cup water stir well before insert into mixture)

some red and green cherries cut into halves

6 cups of water

1 tin round-cut  pineapple, separate the juice.

1 tsp pineapple flavour

Method

1. Bring to boil jelly with water .

2. Add sugar stir well.

3.Add custard flour and pineapple juice stir again.

4.Add milk reduce to low heat stir consistently.

5.Add emulco/essence stir again.

5. Cut pineapple into 2 and insert into the mixture until boil but do not over cook  the cut pineapple.

6.Pour into bowl or dish. ( Optionally you can garnish with the red and green cherries in the centre of the cut pineapple