Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Guest Post: Pineapple Salsa

So the other day, Rose had to go out to a meeting and she left me in charge of dinner. 98% of the time this means I should order us some takeout out from one of our favorite places. She leaves the bad-decision-making up to me when it comes to our food intake.

This night though, I wanted to impress her. I am Sous Chef Brian after all. All this time in the kitchen with her means I have to have learned something, right? So I formed a plan. Tacos! But I wanted something more than just tacos. I don’t mean to be insulting to anyone here, but anyone can make some decent tacos. To surprise my wife, I decided to take some of the pineapple in the fridge and make something she would never expect. A pineapple salsa.

Now this is going to require a little back-story. Earlier that day, Rose had mentioned that she loved pineapple. I think she actually used the words “my favorite”, when describing to me her love of the fruit.  For me… eh… not so much. I’m ok with a little pineapple flavor here and there, but I never want a lot of it in my face. It just is too much of that flavor for me. I feel the same way about mushrooms, but over the last year or so, I’ve been working on liking mushrooms. Rose has been putting some in here and some in there and I’ve been able to learn how to live in a world where mushrooms are apart of my diet, in small doses of course.

So after Rose went to her meeting I did some stuff I needed to take care of (more on this in a little bit) and then I started to get food together. While I don’t like pineapple, I like salsa, and I like all the things that would go into a pineapple salsa. Things like, lime, and cilantro, and onion, and garlic. Those are all great things!

I started with about a cup of diced pineapple, a clove of garlic in our garlic press, a little less than a half a small onion and some lime juice. I eyeballed it, so lets call it about two tablespoons?

Right as I was finishing up the salsa, Rose came home from her meeting. She came home a little early, but not early enough to justify my having not started the rest of dinner. I apparently didn’t leave myself enough time for the rest of it, because I was working on something else.

What I was working on was this: 

Cover Art by the amazing Deanna Wood

Oh snap! You thought you were getting a post about pineapple salsa and you ended up running smack into shameless self promotion! This is the EP for my band Shimoda Air Force. It’s not so much a band, as a recording project. There are only two of us and we don’t play out, because my bandmate, Josh, lives 100 miles away. You might know Josh from one of his many appearances in the media, because he is a media whore! 

So… um…. I did not make the rest of dinner. We had the salsa and it was good on some chips. I even liked it. It was a bridge of sorts.

Back to the EP, we are really happy with it, and we hope you will be willing to check it out. Right now it’s available on BandCamp, and iTunes, and Amazon, and Spotify and… and… anyway, get it through BandCamp. It’s probably cheaper for you that way, and you can get it in a bunch of formats if you are a sound quality nut. While you are at it you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Next time I guest post, I will not use it as a means to promote my music. I promise. As it is I think I’m violating a bunch or Rose’s rules about how she wants this blog to be… so… um… how about a recipe? 

Sous Chef Brian's Pineapple Salsa
I don't know if this is what pineapple salsa is supposed to taste like, but I like it.
  • 1 cup Pineapple, diced
  • half a small Onion, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
Put ingredients together. Stir. In a bowl. Put ingredients in a bowl, then stir.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1.25 cups

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