Pineapple is a tropical fruits that is abundant in a country like Philippines. In fact Philippines is one largest producers of pineapples in the world.
This is the pineapple I bought and already peeled, yes, this is how it looks like after removing the skin and the “eyes” using knife. It can be bought with skin on and you can asked the vendor to peel it for you since the skin is a bit hard and needs a very sharp knife and removing the so-called “eyes” can be tedious, the vendor will do it for free, yup it’s included in the package when you bought a whole pineapple, lol..
After mangoes being in season last summer and occupied most of the fruit stalls in the market, Pineapple is next in line, though it’s available whole year round, it’s cheaper and sweeter this season (rainy) according to the fruit seller. This one is priced at 50 pesos or approx. $1.15 fresh and very sweet even if the color is a bit lighter on the top which means it might not be ripe enough and could be sour in taste, but it’s not. Still cheaper compared to canned pineapples and healthier too because it’s fresh.
Aside from being a delicious dessert that everyone enjoy, Pineapple is very nutritious, rich in Vit. C and minerals that the body needs as protection against common coughs and colds. Lowers high blood pressure, cholesterol and prevents heart attacks and stroke.
While I was looking around the pantry, I noticed a popcorn pack that I once bought so we can enjoy a movie night with the kids that I have long since forgotten. So after looking around, I decided to try out making a homemade buttered popcorn.
It is real easy and delish, and if you want to try making these yourself just do the following:
- Cook the popcorn as per package instructions.
- When the popping starts to slow down, take off from heat and transfer contents to bowl.
- While pan is still hot, add a teaspoonful of butter (you’d be surprised to know that you just need a little for a whole batch) and let it melt.
- Add a pinch or two of iodized salt to the butter.
- While warm, drench over the popcorn while mixing on the bowl.
Alternatives: You can avoid making the popcorn soggy by adding the butter little by little as you mix it with the batch. You may also add the salt ahead on the popcorn or after mixing it with the butter. The end result is the same for me.
Unlike professionals, I have some kernels that ended up with a scorched side or two. And because I hate throwing out food, I decided to mask it up with caramel.
How to make the Caramel syrup:
- On a smaller pan, add 2 spoonfuls of brown sugar to 1 spoonful butter (Yup, think I burned about 1/4 of the batch plus added half the beautifully done kernels).
- Cook over low heat while continuously mixing the sugar as it melts.
- When it reaches smooth consistency, or sugar is melted take away from the heat.
- Drench over the popcorn with the help of a wooden spoon (this will prevent the sugar to sticking to the spoon instead of the popcorn). You may add, again, batch by batch for better coverage.
- Toss the popcorn to avoid sticking to one another in large clumps. If you decide to use your hands then be careful as the caramel is very hot.
Another must-try from Clara Olé is their Creamy Tomato Pasta sauce, don’t be mistaken it for spaghetti sauce as it was not as thick as the latter but can be use for pasta as one, minus the sweet taste and rich red color (see photo above) we commonly see in regular spaghetti. Nevertheless, the creaminess and flavour is very evident. The same rich taste I experienced for my Creamy Prawn Casserole I cooked in my Kitchen blog.
The ingredients are:
- 450 gms. pasta (I used spiral but any pasta will do) cook as per package direction.
- 250 gms. ground beef or pork ( or a combination of the two)
- minced onion
- chopped garlic
- butter or olive oil
- bell pepper – diced
- salt and pepper to taste
- grated cheese for toppings (optional)
- 1 pack 200 grms Clara Olé tomato pasta sauce
- Saute garlic and onion in butter or olive oil in med. heat, then add ground meat.
- Continue cooking until meat changed color or turned white.
- Add bell pepper and Clara Olé tomato sauce, and simmer for a few minutes to fully cook the meat.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat and pour on pasta, top with grated cheese.
You can serve it with garlic bread on the side. Happy weekend eating with the family, enjoy!!!