Check it out - we have a blowtorch! This was a birthday gift from K and Toby, and in the picture above Michael's using it to blast another birthday gift, coconut sugar from Steph. (Steph has written a little more about coconut sugar on her blog.)
Since I first tasted pineapple and chilli together in Veganomicon's quinoa stir-fry, I've been keen to combine them in a dessert. The aim here was to sprinkle finely chopped red chilli and the coconut sugar on fresh pineapple slices, then torch the sugar until it became a crispy caramel, topping it all with coconut icecream. This we did, though the effect wasn't quite as I'd hoped. I think we need more chilli, more sugar, and possibly more patience next time.