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Pineapple with Mint and Sugar | Simple Provisions

Dear Byron Bay,

Thanks so much for having us while we take this pregnant pause, enjoying a grown-up holiday for two before we become three. The cloudless skies, sparkling ocean and gentle warm breezes have been much appreciated.

Do you get all guests up at 5.30am with your early sunrise? We don’t mind. The morning activity of your people, you know, the jogging and surfing and general healthy living, is a refreshing change from the grey commute we’ve been experiencing during the winter months down south. And boy do your cafes know how to do a great breakfast. Colourful bowls of fruit and muesli, local breads with homemade tropical marmalades, muffins bursting with berries, and eggs partnered with vivid green sprouts and creamy avocado were all delicious.

Do you think it’s just the beautiful weather, endless beaches and excellent surf that makes your people so happy? Because they all seem to be incredibly friendly and positive. I’ve heard that there’s a healing energy that encircles this pocket of eastern Australia, maybe that’s it?  Or maybe it’s that every second cafe is serving green smoothies and raw treats and the daily farmers markets in the region are a cornucopia of fresh, organic, tropical delights. Whatever it is, you’re making it rather hard for us to leave.

While we’ve still got some time left, we’re indulging in some poolside reading, interspersed with snacks. This pineapple dish is originally from Jamie Oliver. It’s the perfect summertime dessert. Just slice up a pineapple, as rough or as fancy as you like (using a vegetable peeler to create long thin strips looks especially pretty on a large platter). Lay it out on a plate or in a big bowl and sprinkle with mint and sugar that you’ve bashed together to create a green, fragrant, sweet topping. Place the pineapple in the middle of a table with a bunch of forks and dollop a big serve of greek yoghurt on the side for guests to mix into the fruit.

Simple, flavourful, fuss-free eating fits in perfectly with the Byron Bay vibe. Thanks for the inspiration. Now, to nap.

Amelia

Pineapple with Mint and Sugar | Simple Provisions

Pineapple with Mint  Sugar and Greek Yoghurt

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • About 2 tablespoons of sugar (depending on the size of your bunch of mint)
  • Greek yoghurt to serve

Method

Arrange pineapple on a platter or in a bowl.

Pick the mint leaves from their stalks and combine with sugar in a mortar and pestle. Bash it all up to encourage the mint to release it’s oil and disintegrate into the sugar. You should be left with a green, fragrant sugar.

Sprinkle the mint sugar over the pineapple and serve with a side bowl of greek yoghurt.

10 thoughts on “Pineapple with Mint Sugar and Greek Yoghurt

  1. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Ahhhh how divine Amelia. Such pretty poolside pineapple pics (how’s that for alliteration)! Sounds like a gorgeous holiday. Haven’t seen mint sugar before but I can practically taste it from your description. We also had a pre-baby Byron Bay holiday. I remember massive bowls of freshly-squashed guacamole (the avos were so plentiful and cheap)! We returned 2 years later with our then 2-year old. Such a lovely place; the tropical plants, the weather, the beaches… *sigh*

    1. Amelia says:

      Snap on the Byron Bay Babymoon (more alliteration!). We’ve been to the Mexican restaurant twice already mainly for their guacamole and excellent chips spiked with lime and black pepper – will have to work out how to make them. The farmers market this morning was amazing – so colorful and fresh! I don’t want to go home :/ You give me hope that I *can* come back 😉

      1. Saskia (1=2) says:

        You can definitely go back! Byron is great with a baby. I remember plonking our 2-year old in lovely, shallow puddle-like lagoons that lined Main Beach. He played in them for hours. We also did a calf-strengthening walk on the sand with the pram, all the way from Main Beach to Belongil. Gorgeous! Enjoy the rest of your holi.

  2. meg says:

    I love the simplicity of this dish. I have mint in the garden, Greek yogurt in my fridge, and pineapple that I already cut-up. I think I know what’s for dessert! And surfing and sunshine keep me happy!

    1. Amelia says:

      Perfect! Enjoy Meg.

  3. Ooooh, you’ve sold me Amelia – I can’t wait to try this! Sounds like a refreshing way to start (or finish…) the day – especially going into the warmer months! Thanks, Margot

  4. Doesn’t get any simpler than this! And all the flavors work so effortlessly:) Perfect way for us northern hemisphere people to end the summer:)

  5. Jody and Ken says:

    Clever idea–the sugar and mint in the mortar and pestle. Thanks. Ken

  6. I feel serenity just reading this post and gazing at your pic. So happy for you to have such a lovely time.

  7. Kim Baxter says:

    Mmmmm…I can smell the mint already…cool and refreshing

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