Last night, I cut and peeled a whole pineapple for the first time in my life. It seems like this is something I should have experienced prior to now, given my 39 years on this earth. Then again, there are a lot of things I probably should have done by now, yet haven't. I have yet to purchase a couch, or a house for that matter. Most people my age have done that. I have never had my eyebrows waxed or had a baby, and these are popular activities amongst the 2o and 30 something female set. Yet, I am sure there are a couple of things I have done that many of my peers have not, so I guess it balances out. ( I am now wondering what some of those things might be that could set me apart from my peers, but am drawing a blank. Hmm. There must be SOMETHING. I'll need to ponder that and get back to you. Fortunately, nobody actually reads my blog, so if I don't follow up on this particular item, no one will be looking for an answer. And, anyway, "should-shmud". I don't really believe in any kind of prescribed life formula. I would like a comfy couch though.)
So, as I've been conscious of utilizing fruit in salads more, I have also been thinking of using fruit in other things. The other night I made a stir fry with seitan, veggies and a thai peanut sauce, and thought to myself, "this would be darn good with some pineapple in it". Then I started thinking about other rice dishes that would go well with some pineapple added to it. While fulfilling my grocery list in Whole Foods the other night, I first checked out the already cut and peeled pineapple. I normally do not buy fruits or veggies already prepared, but I was intimidated by the pineapple so thought I'd explore my options. For the most part, I am de-senstitized to the prices at "Whole Paycheck", and have no idea what groceries even cost in regular supermarkets anymore. But I must still have a little sense of reality left because I did feel shocked when I looked at the price of the tiny containers of pineapple pieces. When I saw whole pineapples were actually on sale, I decided to go for it.
What I found is that cutting a pineapple is really not bad at all. I think I was anxious because I anticipated it was was going to be similar to cutting and peeling butternut squash, which I HATE doing. I have never figured out a good or efficient way to go about that task. Pineapple is much softer. It's pretty juicy and messy, but easy and fast to cut. I have a friend who works at Crate and Barrel and she tells me there is a special gadget to core pineapples, but you already know how I feel about having lots of special gadgets...
There is now a large container of chopped up pineapple in my fridge just waiting to be used and it only required $2.99 and a little chopping effort! Let the fun begin! I'll be sure to report back on any exciting dishes.
On a side note, I saw a bumper sticker I thought was cute while riding my bike today. It said: "Good Planets Are Hard to Come By". How true. Let's take care of this little one that we already have.