Pineapple Princesses began as a tribute to Ruby Borrowdale, the home economist behind the 'Golden Circle Tropical Recipe Book' tested in the Golden Circle kitchen and modified and updated in the Pineapple Princesses' test kitchens.
As Ruby said "pineapple is a versatile food" . . .
no fat, high in vitamin C and full of the flavour of Queensland sunshine. The blog continues as more and more pineapple recipes are discovered from around the world.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Harry Potter and the tap dancing pineapple
InHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Chapter 16 Through the Trapdoor J. K. Rowling writes that during the first year exams at Hogwarts ”Professor
Flitwick called them one by one into his class to see if they could make a
pineapple tap-dance across a desk.”
Sadly this scene wasn't used in the movie version of the book ! So you'll have to use your imagination !
Two of my favourites: Professor Minerva McGonagall and a pineapple.
(From Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone)
"Thank you for the pineapple, by the way . . . you're quite right, it is my favourite" said Professor Horace Slughorn, Potions Master, to Tom Riddle as he reached for a piece of the crystallised fruit. (From Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince)
Our re-enactment of that very moment!
Yes, there were some very shady dealings between Professor Slughorn and certain students in regard to crystallised pineapple . . . in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
"Horace formed a kind of club of his favorites with
himself at the center, making introductions, forging useful contacts between
members, and always reaping some kind of benefit in return, whether a free box
of his favorite crystallized pineapple or the chance to recommend the next
junior member of the Goblin liaison Office." Albus Dumbledore
"I confidently expect you to rise to Minister of Magic
within twenty years. Fifteen, if you keep sending me pineapple, I have
excellent contacts at the Ministry."Horace Slughorn to Tom Riddle
“Once Harry saw Slughorn buying it for himself at Honeydukes
in Hogsmeade. Crystallized pineapple symbolized his life-long love of luxury,
even when Harry viewed him as a much-younger man and Tom Riddle's teacher:
‘sitting ...in the comfortable winged armchair in his office, his feet resting
upon a velvet pouffe, a small glass of wine in one hand, the other rummaging in
a box of crystallized pineapple’ “
World Treats from Soytherin, Seitanclaw, Tofupuff and Vegandor.
“Whether trying to bribe him for information or to get on his
good side so you can become part of the Slug Club, you can make Professor
Slughorn’s favorite vegan treat–crystallized pineapple–yourself!
The first time I tried making this it didn’t turn out too
well, but at least the results made really good pineapple-berry smoothies
instead of going to waste. I then worked out what I had been doing incorrectly
and gave it another try so now I can bring you a proper recipe! A warning
though, this is fairly time-consuming and works much better if you have a
dehydrator (unlike me).
Also, when you’re finished with the syrup don’t just throw it
out. You now have pineapple syrup, which can be used for countless awesome
things… sweeten iced tea, use in a frosting or glaze for coconut cupcakes (or
coconut pancakes!), mix with cream soda and make a pineapple soda/coconut ice
cream float, pineapple curried rice… the ideas are endless!”
Amounts vary depending on how much pineapple you’re using; 1 pineapple, or canned pineapple rings; sugar; water
If using fresh pineapple: peel, cut into 1/4 inch slices, and
cut out the core so you have nice little pineapple rings. (if using canned
pineapple: open can and drain.)
In a large pot, make a simple syrup: 1 part sugar to 2 parts
water. I used 4 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar for my one pineapple, but you
just want to make sure the syrup will cover all the fruit. Stir until the sugar
Bring your syrup to a boil (if using a candy thermometer, it
should reach 235°F). Add fruit and bring back to a simmer. Cook for about an
hour, covered, until the pineapple is translucent.
Remove pineapple from pot and put on a cooling rack placed on
top of a cookie sheet to drain.
Next step is to dry the fruit out. If you have a dehydrator,
great! You can use that! However, if you do not have one just put the fruit (on
the cooling rack & cookie sheet contraption) in your oven at 200°F until
dry. This may take a while. Or, you could apparate to a desert and set it out
in the sun to dry out.
Once your candied pineapple is dry, sprinkle with sugar and
let cool. Store in an airtight container.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Dinah Bucholz 2010
1 small pumpkin,
known as sugar pumpkin or pie pumpkin; 2 cups apple juice; 1 cup white grape
juice; 1 cu pineapple juice
1 Preheat the oven to
200°C Slice the pumpkin in half pole to pole and scoop out the seeds. Don’t
worry about the stringy fibers; they are had to remove and won’t affect the
results. Place the pumpkin halves face down on a baking sheet and roast 45
minutes to 1 hour until soft. Remove from the oven.
2 When the pumpkin is
cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh and discard the skin. Place the
cooked pumpkin in a large fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and push the pumpkin
through using a rubber spatula. Scrape and mash as you push; I will take
several minutes. Discard the pulpy mass left in the sieve. Stir the sieved
pumpkin in the bowl to evenly distribute the juices, and then measure out one
3 Place the cup of
sieved pumpkin in a pitcher along with the apple juice, grape juice, and pineapple
juice. Stir vigorously until the pumpkin is completely dispersed. Chill the
juie until it’s very cold.
4 Before serving,
stir the juice well, as the pumpkin will settle to the bottom. Fill crystal
goblets with ice cubes and pour the juice over the ice.
Makes 5 cups
I preferred not to discard the pumpkin mash left in the sieve and made
little pancakes – or you could use it in a muffin or scone mix, Anne