Cutting And Prepping Fresh Pineapple

22 03 2014

Fresh PineappleAs I was walking thru the produce section of Whole Foods with my friend, she saw fresh pineapples and asked if I knew how to pick. My retarded response was that they are all sweet!

The intellectual response is to pick a yellow skin pineapple and smell the butt for an aroma. Pineapples don’t really ripe any further after it has been picked. You can certainly turn the pineapple upside down to push the sugar towards the crown.

Rule of thumb, DO NOT buy a BROWN pineapple. It’s not fresh anymore – meaning that it’s been picked off the tree for quite some time. 

Now that you got the perfect pineapple, let’s start prepping it. Use a good sized sharp knife to cut off the crown and the butt of the laid down pineapple. If the skin is too tough for you to slice thru, poke the pineapple with the  pointy end of knife to make a slit. Then you can use the slit to slice thru. Sit it back up on the naked butt and start shaving off the skin horizontally. Try to keep the knife as close to the skin as possible. Best to preserve as much flesh as possible. After shaving all the skin off, if you are not a fan of those pineapple holes, cut them out.

The way I like to cut out the holes is diagonally with ending results of swirly pineapple. I tend to cut out two to three holes at a time using a small or parring knife to make the pineapple look pretty for the Kodak moment. 

After a quick rinse, cut the pineapple in quarters the long way. If you don’t like to eat the core, cut it out. If you are a health junky, eat the core – it contains the proteolytic enzyme, bromelain. This enzyme helps break down full proteins found in meat which supposively reduces the strain of the pancreas. I’m not a nutritionist, so don’t take my word for it. 

Anyhow, after slicing up the pineapple, soak it in salt water if you don’t want your tongue/mouth to burn/sting. I don’t know why, but it works! It’s like MAGIC! Soak it for at least 15 minutes. This process actually sweeten up the pineapple as well.





Benefits of Grapes

10 09 2012

After a sleepless night, I decided to go get a massage this afternoon to rid of my trigger points. I also noticed that I was mildly inflamed as well so tonight, I grabbed a bunch of grapes and decided to blog about how awesome grapes are!

Aside from being loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, grapes are anti-inflammatory. I figured that should get a few doses of grapes in within the next few days so maybe I wont need to pop a Motrin later on.

I have the tendency to buy red grapes (if the skin is not too tannic) because it is healthier than white grapes and the best in preventing heart disease and cancer prevention.

I am trying to eat grapes more regularly to ward off illnesses, diseases and to slow down the process of aging since I’m trying to cut down my consumption of wine (and other alcoholic beverages). I don’t have high blood pressure so I don’t need the high concentration of resveratrol in red wine.

Since I must eat my fatty foods like prime rib and bacon, I got to balance it out by eating healthy foods like grapes! It’s proven by the French!





Cooking with shrimp paste

31 10 2010

 

Bok Choy with Shrimp Paste

Bok Choy with Shrimp Paste

 

I love shrimp paste with my seafood but I never tried with veggies.
Since I have already decided to go out for dinner I decided to create my own lunch with shrimp paste. I heated up my wok and tossed in some bok choy. Then goes in a combination of ingredients in attempt to get this concept taste the way I want it to.
Finally I sat down and stared at the plate I just created, thinking to myself that it is a good idea that noone else is around to try my sauce! From the first bite, it was to my delight. I blended the flavors quite well but next time I will add a hint more sugar.





Fresh Cut Fruit

12 08 2010

Every time I walked by this aisle, I always wonder if they actually make enough biz from fresh cut fruits. Why? Cuz people like my parents, would never pay that much extra when they can just cut up a cantaloupe on their own. Me? I never bought any till today.

This is very convenient for me since the cutting board and knife I own is over 30 miles away from my current bed. Now, I can add fruits back to my diet. I had a difficult time deciding which fruit to snack on at work so I randomly picked.

Prepackaged fresh cut cantaloupe  from Stop and Shop in Quincy was definitely fresh and sweet. Next time, I’m going to try the honeydew melon.





Cherries are so nutritious!

22 07 2010

CherrisThe healing powers of cherries are numerous. For instance, cherries fight inflammation and cancer. It inhibits tumor growth and causes cancer cells to commit suicide. Moreover, cherries have antibacterial and antiviral powers. Consider this as also a natural form of Advil and remedies gout, arthritis, and rheumatism.

No wonder why cherries are one of my favorite fruits! It would be even better if they can produce seedless cherries like watermelons!





Kiwifruit

17 07 2010

One of the most nutritious fruits to eat is kiwi. It has lots of Vitamin C, fiber and potassium. By eating this, you can skip oranges, apples and bananas. Kiwi helps prevents heart disease, stroke, cancer and respiratory disease. This fruit also helps lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.

kiwi

KiwiFruit

I’m really bad about my fruit intake; but I know I should eat fruits on a regular basis. New Zealand Kiwi is in season till November then California ones comes in season.

I actually feel guilty now from writing this blog. I will go to Stop and Shop to grab a kiwi before I head to work tomorrow!