There are two groups of people who have strong opinions about how people should raise their kids: people who have kids, and people who don’t. I don’t know exactly what genetic quirk makes people feel is not just vital, but urgently necessary to share their deeply-held child rearing philosophy with other parents.
You know who else has even stronger opinions about child rearing? Kids. There is a story behind this pera-piña (pineapple and rice juice).
It took me a long time to figure out that this wasn’t a drink my mom — a frugal woman if there was ever one — made up to get rid of pineapple peels and cores, just as she would find ways to use nearly everything this side of edible. I really, really believed we were the only ones drinking this.
Not that I didn’t like it, mind you, I loved it, but I thought my mom was using us as a garbage disposal of sorts. So I pretended I disliked it. Now I am sure that my mom wasn’t buying the act, an empty glass doesn’t really spell disgust.
Like any other child, I had strong opinions about what I was fed. “Do we have to eat fish again?” “Are beans really good for us? “Why can’t I have cake for lunch?” “So and So’s mom lets her eat what she wants, why can’t I?”
Eventually I came to appreciate my mom’s child rearing methods (and her food), even if I don’t agree with every choice she made. I now know that she loved us infinitely, and was doing what she thought was best for us. And no, cake is really not an acceptable meal.
Pera-piña in Spanish translates as “pear and pineapple”. In reality it does not contain pears. I suppose it got its name because its flavor and texture are reminiscent of pear juice.
- Peel and core of 1 pineapple
- ½ cup of rice
- 4 quart [4 lt] of water
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of sugar (you may not use it all)
- Cut the pineapple into small pieces.
- Mix pineapple with rice and 2 quart [2 lt] of water in a large pot.
- Boil over low heat until the rice is very tender (about 20 minutes) and has tripled in size, adding water when necessary to maintain the same level.
- Let it cool to room temperature, add vanilla extract and blend until all the ingredients are liquified.
- Strain and discard the solids.
- Add sugar to taste. Serve chilled