Tonight we’re eating fruit salsa made from fresh pineapple, cilantro, red onions, serrano chiles, and lime. The salsa was served with stale tortilla chips, although we recommend not-so-stale chips.
A: This was in the spirit of what we ate for dinner…aka- mexican. although for me.. it was MUCH better than the mexican we ate for dinner.
T: yeah, too bad your dinner sucked. The mole I got, on the other hand, was pretty good. However, the pineapple salsa was definately just as good if not better.
A: 😀 thanks T! mole is always good. on the other hand, the ranchero sauce at this particular mexican restaurant sucked.
T: yeah that’s a shame. Fortunately for El Torito we are not rating them tonight. 😉
A: too true. so this was a bit of a throw back to one of the restaurants i worked at. i made a variation of this salsa like, every other day. although, in my biased opinion, mine is better 😉
T: I have had very little pineapple salsa in my life, and to tell you the truth I was a bit skeptical. However, as it turns out, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
A: awesome. i think you aren’t always a sweet and savory mixer. but i have to say, you have grown in your sweet&savory ways. i think you are far more open minded about them than you once were. this salsa has a wonderful bit of heat in its favor too.
T: yeah I have definately begun to like sweet and savories more and more, which is cool. I hate it when the whole worlds enjoys something that I can’t derive any pleasure from. I’ve found, though, that with the right attitude I can come to find the joy in most things. most things. I still think some things suck.
A: lol, such as what??
T: hahhah, the first thing that comes to mind is dried shrimp.
A: wellll…. other than laurie (and possibly lots of other people) nobody eats those things straight! they are quite good cooked into things as a flavor agent. how about eggplant?
T: I almost mentioned eggplant, actually. Eggplant is not like the dried shrimp. I can’t even put those vile things in my mouth anymore. Eggplant, though, isn’t too bad, but it has not grown on me in the least, and actually I think I like it less now than ever. I can and will eat it though. hell, maybe i’ll be shocked by some great eggplant someday. who knows.
A: hehehehe dude… when was the last time you ate eggplant? have we even had any recently? have we had any at all since we moved to san diego???
T: I feel like we have. That’s not what’s important 😉 what’s important is that it sucks.
A: aw.. i really like eggplant. i do have to admit that when i was growing up it was the most vile of all veggies to me. my dad would make eggplant lasagna and i would just accept that i would go to bed hungry. these days it’s different. i think i first got turned on to eggplant in the fried form, and it’s just grown ever since then!
T: huh. well, i’ll keep an open mind. hit me with it when i’m really hungry sometime.
A: that’s certainly the best time to get anyone to like a new food. the hunger will overwhelm any distaste they might have. mwhahaha.
T: mega hunger is responsible for me liking all sorts of things… like bleu cheese.
A: oh my! how sad would your life be if you didn’t like bleu cheese! seriously though, how sad would MY life be if i couldn’t make all sorts of things with bleu cheese as a main ingredient (like tomorrow’s soup!).
T: oh my god, what’s that soup again?
A: i don’t know if i should reveal it ahead of time… perhaps just lure people in with the knowledge it contains bleu cheese…
T: a soup with bleu cheese… oh my god… damn you now i’m hungry.
A: hehehe! eat more salsa! it’s about the healthiest thing we have in the house. except if you are craving bleu cheese, salsa probably won’t curb your desire. i thought about trying to incorporate bleu cheese into the salsa tonight… i at a piece of bleu cheese and pineapple together to see if it would work. it wasn’t bad, but i didn’t want to risk it.
T: huh, that’s insane. interesting. well, it could be worth a shot some day- definately risky, though. I’ll give the salsa as it was a 4.4/5. I thought it was great, but it didn’t quite get me like some tomato salsas I’ve had. What do you think?
A: I think that this salsa hit the spot for me today. the tomato salsa we ate earlier was good but i definately preferred this one. i love pineapple salsa though sooo…. i give the salsa a 4.6/5. It was rocking for me, just the right amount of heat, salt, pepper and cilantro to emphasize the wonderfully ripe fresh pineapple.
T: yeah, I don’t know how a pineapple salsa could have been much better. It was dang good. It was way better than the salsa we had with dinner. Definately.
A: no doubt. i hate that i had an all around merely average dinner. it will just make tomorrow nights dinner rock even more!
T: yeah, get this girl some good food!
A: Amen my brotha!
Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana!
1/2 fresh pinapple (small dice)
chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 red onion (very small dice)
1/3 of a lime (juiced)
2 tbsp good olive oil
1/2 to 1 serrano chile (depending on how hot you want it)
salt and pepper
Toss pineapple, cilantro, red onion, serrano pepper, lime juice and olive oil, in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in a lovely dish with chips or on top of grilled fish or chicken. The skys the limit where this one can be used. Bon Appetite!