All of my family are in Brazil and whenever I talk to them I feel like nothing has changed since I left but at the same time I know that things have changed a lot. Of course things and my family have been changing (Thank God!!) over the years. It’s life! With my mom, we “what’s up” all day long and with my grandma (who is 80 years old) I call her once a week to see how she is doing. When I call her, she is always in the kitchen cooking something and all of a sudden she starts yelling: “Oh my gosh, there’s something burning!!” I feel so blessed that I have an amazing grandma that was/is so dedicated to our family, who taught me to cook, taught me to be brave and showed me how to love unconditionally. It’s so hard to see her getting older and see her losing certain capabilities that are natural during the course of life. I never saw my grandma with a cookbook or reading a recipe, ever. Every Sunday when she used to make cakes, breads, cooking our traditional lunch, drinking her beer while my grandpa was cutting the finest kale I ever saw in my life, she was just dropping ingredients into a bowl and the measurements were through her eyes. That’s why when someone asks me about measurements in recipes I never know, because I learned this “bad” habit with her. Here is one of Grandma’s recipes.
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into rings
1 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Sweetened coconut, toasted
1/4 c. cachaca (you could leave out the cachaca if you don’t want to use it, it will taste a little different but still delicious)
Preheat grill to medium high heat.
Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and cachaca until well combined. Pour over cut pineapple and marinate for 30 minutes, turning over every 15 minutes.
While the pineapple is grilling you can toast the sweetened coconut.
Place pineapple on hot grill and cook until caramelized and just tender 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from heat.
Stack pineapple layering toasted coconut in between each layer. Pour leftover marinade over the pineapple.
Beijos e Tchau!