This week I proved to “Grouchy Bear” that some of his dislikes are truly ridiculous. I have tried for many years to have him try dishes with pineapple and he always refuses. His claim is that two years in Guam made him sick of pineapple and coconut. It is my opinion that one of the objects fell from a tree and hit his head and he has been a bit daffy ever since. He denies that.

This week I proved to “Grouchy Bear” that some of his dislikes are truly ridiculous. I have tried for many years to have him try dishes with pineapple and he always refuses. His claim is that two years in Guam made him sick of pineapple and coconut. It is my opinion that one of the objects fell from a tree and hit his head and he has been a bit daffy ever since. He denies that. 

 I found a recipe for a pineapple salsa and tried it out. I made sure he was extra hungry and ready to eat anything and much to my surprise he really loved it.

After browning a nice thick ham steak, on both sides, place it in a baking dish with a bit of water in the bottom and cover with foil. Place the meat dish into a 350 degree oven and allow to bake for at least an hour.

In the meantime prepare the following salsa and place it in the refrigerator. When the meat appears ready, remove the foil from the pan, pour the salsa over the top of the ham and place the foil back on the top. Return to the oven for about 20 minutes and it should be ready to serve.

 

Salsa

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion

1⁄4 cup finely chopped green pepper

1 Tablespoons lime juice

2 garlic cloves, minced (or regular minced garlic)

2 Tablespoons minced fresh mint

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a small bowl, combine the pineapple, onion, green pepper, lime juice and garlic. Stir in the mint, salt, cumin and cayenne. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or less or until ready to pour over the meat.

 To accompany the above dish I scrubbed two medium sized sweet potatoes, pierced each with a knife, cut the ends off, wrapped with foil and placed in the oven with the meat. If the potatoes do not appear done remove the foil and quickly finish the processing in the microwave. Split each potato in half and dot with butter or margarine.

 Cottage cheese with chunks of pineapple (canned is fine too) goes great with this meal and even though I figured I was really pushing my luck he liked it all.

 If you want an additional veggie for this meal cook a package of frozen peas, dot with butter and serve.

 The dessert selected for the meal was something else new I tried. Pour two cans of apple pie filling into a long cake pan. Pour a carrot cake mix (dry mix) over the top of the topping and then melt two sticks of margarine and pour over the dry cake mix. Using a spatula mix the margarine on the top and try to make sure that it covers all of the dry cake mix. Place in 350 degree oven and bake until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

 Enjoy the meal. See you next week.