Fruiting the 60 Blog

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.  Small, large, circle, square, thin crust, thick crust, stuffed crust, extra toppings.

Earlier this week, I read that the inventor of the pineapple pizza died at the age of 83.  What a legacy!

The majority of Brits (53%) like pineapple on their pizza.  Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau likes it.  Chef Gordon Ramsay thinks “gastronomic mutants” put pineapple on pizza.  In 2012, President Trump tweeted “ordering pizza with pineapples [sic] is now punishable by death.”

I like it.  It’s tasty, and I admit that growing up in New York, that was never a thing.  We never heard of it, no one ever suggested putting pineapple on your pizza and then eating pineapple warm.  It was just not a thing.

I had it for the first time when I moved to California.  Actually, I think I tried it when I was here on vacation in 1980 with Marcy.  And then we went back to New York and told everyone about it.  I can’t recall exactly, but I’m sure my friends were sickened by the concept.

To me, Canadian bacon and pineapple is a beautiful combination of salty and sweet.  Leslie thinks warm pineapple is gross and she doesn’t like Canadian bacon.  So the combo is never a choice in our house.

Last week, the management company of our office building threw a tenant appreciation party and they served a Hawaiian-themed lunch.  The caterers prepared food for maybe 1000 people, but the menu wasn’t truly Hawaiian.

  • Kahlua-infused pulled pork.  Okay, I’ll go along with that.  The chef mixed some pineapple in with the meat, and it was tasty.  And we obviously couldn’t roast a pig under the ground of the parking garage.
  • Hawaiian macaroni salad.  Hmm.  Elbow noodles, cut-up green peppers, dressing, and some red tinge to the whole bowl of pasta that was a little unsettling.
  • Hawaiian rolls.  Of course!  What else do we need but balls of sweet little dough to sop up the juice from the meat?
  • Chinese chicken salad.  The name speaks for itself.
  • Key lime tarts.  Sweet and tropical, yes.  Hawaiian?  Nope.
  • Watermelon water.  Again, sweet and tropical, maybe.  Hawaiian?  I think not.

It’s hard to please 1000 people when you’re serving a free lunch.  I’m sure everyone found something to like on the menu, but don’t tell me it was Hawaiian!




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