Monday, 28 August 2017

Pino - Tourism Due

Are those pineapples that Julie P spotted in a window display in Milan?

Are those pineapples the heels of some pretty fancy sandals? Inspired!!!

Oh those Italian designers! Pineapple PJs and leather keyrings too!

Julia D found this Campbell Italian linen blazer (in Ratti fabric from Lake Como) while travelling the world wide web. I seriously hope she bought herself one!

Jane didn't have to travel very far from home to find this tart in a bakery in Newcastle. I won't say what she said about it . . . other than she didn't like it . . .

Pineapple Princess, Ann R, found this café in Bermagui on the south coast NSW

and on another overseas adventure Julie P found this room in Hawaii !!!

plus these pineapple treats

Pauline also visited Hawaii this year, accompanying a friend to the Waikiki Ukulele Festival.

This delicious pineapple and chocolate combo was made by Mamoru and Aiko Takitani's company which donates a portion of the proceeds towards student scholarships.

Pauline also visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation, and brought back some souvenirs!

Pauline also saw a volcano, I'm very jealous! Anne

My cousin, Julianne, enjoyed this eggplant parmigiana (with pineapple)
on a recent trip to Darwin.

Way back in the 1990s my mother-in-law took this photo of a market in Borneo

and, Les carved this monolithic head which is a bit like something you might see if you travelled to Easter Island!

Thanks everyone! Anne

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Pino - Tourism Ein

Tropical Scotland spotted by Pineapple Princess Ann R on a trip to Edinburgh
during the year.

I love that family and friends are now on the lookout for pineapples and pinapalia on their travels home and abroad - it gives new depth and purpose to their holidays - besides wining and dining in local trattorias, and visiting spectacular natural and manmade tourist attractions, they can enjoy the subtle differences between ceramic pineapple ornaments and handbags from cultures around the world!

Thanks to Colleen for the treasures she spotted in the United Kingdom and Germany! Anne

The Lost Gardens of Heligan discovered in Cornwell, and restored over the past twenty five years, have a productive garden which includes glasshouse pineapples!

Window shopping in London.

My brother Richard noticed this great accessory in a shop window in Potsdam, Germany

and Colleen noticed this ? ornament ????

For sale in Potsdam

and at the Galeries Lafayette, Berlin

Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia,
in Potsdam near Berlin. 

Chinese Tea Pavilion, Sanssouci

Sanssouci is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site possibly because of the
magnificent pineapples included in the ornamentation !

King's Bedroom, Sanssouci

The main tropical greenhouse at the Berlin Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) where pineapples (ananas) are grown

On the homeward journey pineapple products also popped up in Singapore !

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Mexican pineapple and pork

The Around the World Cookbook: Over 350 authentic recipes from the world's best-loved cuisines 1998 London Lorenz books

Pork with Pineapple: Mexico

Ingredients: 30ml/2 tblsp corn oil; 900g boneless pork shoulder or loin, cut into 5cm cubes; 1 onion, finely chopped; 1 large red pepper, seeded and finely chopped; 1 or more jalapeno chillies, seeded and finely chopped; 450g fresh pineapple chunks; 8 fresh mint leaves, chopped; 250ml/1 cup chicken stock; salt and freshly ground black pepper; fresh mint sprig, to garnish; rice, to serve

1 Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the pork in batches until the cubes are lightly coloured. Transfer the pork to a flameproof casserole, leaving the oil behind in the pan.

2 Add the finely chopped onion, finely chopped red pepper and the chilli(es) to the oil remaining in the pan. Sauté until the onion is tender, then add to the casserole with the pineapple. Stir to mix.

3 Add the mint, then cover and simmer gently for about 2 hours, or until the pork is tender. Garnish with fresh mint and serve with rice.

Cook’s Tip: If fresh pineapple is not available, use pineapple canned in its own juice.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tropical Pineapple, Mango and Coconut Fools

Tropical Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut Fools Recipe by Yvonne Ruperti

“The classic British fool, a dessert of fruit and whipped cream, is an ideal warm weather dessert because it's light and balance of sweet and tart fruit flavors. Spooned into this tropical take are layers of juicy mango, pineapple, and toasted coconut.

Why this recipe works:

Cooking the pineapple eliminates extra liquid and concentrates pineapple flavor.

Tangy and thick Greek-style yogurt adds flavor and body to the whipped cream.

Notes: Instead of portioning into individual glasses, you can also serve the fool family-style in a large bowl or trifle dish.” Yvonne Ruperti
Ingredients: 3 cups chopped fresh pineapple (from a 2 1/2-pound pineapple); 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided; 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice; 1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut, lightly toasted; 1 mango, peeled and diced; 1 cup heavy cream, cold; 1/4 cup Greek-style yogurt


1.  Place pineapple and 1 tablespoon sugar in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fruit has softened and mixture becomes jammy, about 15 minutes. If pineapple looks too dry during cooking, add a teaspoon of water at a time. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Adjust to taste with sugar and lemon juice. Chill until completely cold before using, about an hour.

2.  Using mixer fitted with whip attachment, whip cream on high speed to soft peaks. Fold in yogurt, pineapple compote, and 1/2 of the coconut.

3.  Spoon pineapple cream into glasses, alternating with fresh mango. Top with remaining coconut. Serve chilled.

Thanks for the link Katrina, so many recipes there look yum!

Monday, 14 August 2017

Pineapple Radio

ABC Canberra talks to the Pineapple Princesses

Ann Rocca and Anna Vidot

Photos: Jo Laverty, ABC Radio Canberra

The Recipes:

The Liberated Cook by the Reluctant Housewife to aid research into Muscular Dystrophy NSW

Pineapple Fruit Cake
A moist cake with canned pineapple.

1 cup sugar; 500g can crushed pineapple; 500g mixed fruit; 1 tspn bicarbonate soda; 1 tspn mixed spice; 125g butter or margarine; 1 cup plain flour; 1 cup self-raising flour; 2 eggs

Place sugar, whole contents of can of pineapple, chopped mixed fruit, bicarbonate soda, spice and butter in saucepan. Bring to the boil and boil 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Sift flours together. Mix into cold fruits mixture with well-beaten eggs. Place mixture in greased and lined 20cm tin. Bake in a moderate oven 180°C for approximately 1 ½ hours, reduce heat to 150°C and bake further 20-30 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin.
Golden Circle Tropical Recipe Book, Queensland 2nd Edition 1970s

Pineapple Muffins
2 cups S. R. flour; ¼ teaspoon nutmeg or cinnamon or grated rind of 1 orange; ¼ cup sugar; ½ tsp salt; 1 beaten egg; ¾ cup milk; 1/3 cup melted butter; 1 X 450g can Crushed Pineapple (drained
Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Combine egg, milk and butter. Add to flour all at once and stir quickly until dry ingredients are just moistened. Lightly stir in pineapple. Fill greased muffin or patty tin 2/3 full. Bake in 200°C over for about 25 minutes or till golden. Serve warm with butter.

ABC Newcastle talks to the Pineapple Princesses

Photo: Anthony Scully, ABC Radio Newcastle

James Valentine talks to the Pineapple Princesses