I FLIPPED MY PINEAPPLE TWO WAYS #GRILLED PINEAPPLE #PINEAPPLE JUICE

I was quite elated when I brought home my yellow/golden wonder. It was packed in a plastic container (canister) looking firm and clearly ripened to perfection. From the looks of it, it was already releasing juice due to it being peeled and cored. It was ready; ready to be used up in whichever way I desired.

PEELED AND CORED PINEAPPLE IN PLASTIC CANISTER
PEELED AND CORED PINEAPPLE IN PLASTIC CANISTER

With cutting board and a sharpened knife, I went to work. First I removable core and set it aside. I smiled; had plans for same. I also grabbed my handy grill pan and allowed it to slowly heat up. My grand plan was to grill a few slices and serve with one of my favorite ice-cream flavors, butter pecan.  Within a few minutes, I cut my golden boy into slices.

SLICED PINEAPPLE WITH CORE FOR GARNISH
SLICED PINEAPPLE WITH CORE FOR GARNISH

By then my grill was ready, so I placed three slices on same. It took approximately two to three minutes under low to medium heat to embed my grill marks.

GRILLED PINEAPPLE SLICES ON GRILL PAN
GRILLED PINEAPPLE SLICES ON GRILL PAN

I garnished my dessert plate with the core of the pineapple which I sliced in two halves. They reminded me of pillars. Between them, I placed a couple of the grilled pineapple slices along with a scoop of butter pecan ice-cream with a sprig of fresh mint.

GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH A SCOOP OF BUTTER PECAN ICE-CREAM WITH A SPRIG OF FRESH MINT BETWEEN CORE CUT IN HALVES
GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH A SCOOP OF BUTTER PECAN ICE-CREAM WITH A SPRIG OF FRESH MINT BETWEEN CORE CUT IN HALVES

Of course, I had more slices left on my board. So, I cut them in small pieces and placed them in standing blender. To that, I added minced root ginger along with fresh lime and orange juice and water. All the ingredients were blended and pureed to perfection.

FRESH PINEAPPLE JUICE WITH GINGER ROOT, ORANGE, LIME
FRESH PINEAPPLE JUICE WITH GINGER ROOT, ORANGE, LIME

TRANSFORMED MY PINEAPPLE INTO A VIRTUOUS COCKTAIL##PINEAPPLE/GINGER COCKTAIL

FRESH PINEAPPLE SLICES
FRESH PINEAPPLE SLICES

I hate when that happens. There I was feeling good (maybe, a little over the moon) about my find. Yes guys, I fetched yours truly (I thought at the time) a superb specimen, on sale, (well, that’s what they said) for  $1.50. I couldn’t complain. Though it was not ripe; I had fantastic hope. And, that’s the thing about wholesome produces from nature, sometimes I’m  lucky to obtain a perfect one and a few times I’m disappointed.

But, what can I say? As long as it’s coming from Mother Earth, I’m ecstatic. Anyway, back to my dear pineapple. Brought the beauty home and proudly placed it on my kitchen counter as I usually do with fruits. In less than a few days she started permeating my space. Hmmmm, I knew the time was at hand. She was ready to be utilized in my fashion. I couldn’t wait to peel her.

I’m not tooting my horn; but, I do think I’ve mastered peeling a pineapple. Within a few minutes, I was able to peel and discard of the skin from my golden goodness. By now, the juice was dripping on my cutting board. I couldn’t wait to taste the beautiful flesh. I was anxious. I could sense  my heart beating a tad faster. What the heck! This is just a pineapple.

PEELED PINEAPPLE
PEELED PINEAPPLE

And then, I snipped and placed it to my mouth. Guys, at first taste, I didn’t believe. I thought, “maybe, my taste buds were playing tricks on me.” So, I sampled once more. I was so disappointed. How could a perfectly good-looking specimen turn out to be such sour grape? Dejected, I placed my slices in a tupper ware in the refrigerator.

Two days later (today), I revisited my golden one. I still had hope. And so, I grabbed my cutting board once more and decided to make a virgin cocktail from a few slices of my pineapple. In addition to that I reached for root ginger and fresh Florida orange juice along with cold water.

INGREDIENTS FOR PINEAPPLE/GINGER COCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS FOR PINEAPPLE/GINGER COCKTAIL

After a quick chop of pineapple and ginger, I placed same in my standing blender along with water and orange juice. For me, there was no need for sugar or any sweetener because the orange juice provided natural sugar  for my cocktail. ‘Big-up’ to my standing blender, it yielded a smooth finish. Pineapple and ginger cocktail was garnished with fresh pineapple and ginger root.

Guys, I felt vindicated. My golden wonder came through for me. I was on cloud nine.I got more than my money’s worth.  Salud! By the way, I’ll be grilling the remainder of my pineapple slices. This action should bring out the natural sugar within. Yippee!!