This recipe was a great novelty to make, since it involved using the pineapple peels, which I've never done before. It is a drink from the Cote d'Ivoire, where it is called gnamacoudji. I couldn't find a literal translation of the word, but the general sense I got from internet research is that it always involves ginger and pineapple.
Peel 1 whole pineapple; cut the peels into 3-inch pieces. You won't need the pineapple fruit itself for this recipe, but chop the fruit and save it for breakfast the next morning, or a snack later in the day!
Combine the peel pieces and 3 cups water in a saucepan; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Press the peels to release the moisture from them, then discard the peels.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop 1 peeled (1 and 1/2-inch) piece of ginger, and coarsely chop 2 tablespoons-worth of peeled lemongrass. (Note: to peel lemongrass, just pull back one or two of the outermost layers, to reveal the more tender layers on the inside).
Place the ginger and lemongrass in a food processer with 1 tablespoon water, and process until finely chopped. Spoon the mixture onto a layer of dampened cheesecloth. Gather the edges of the cheesecloth together so you can tie it into a pouch.
Combine the cheesecloth bag and 2 cups water, and let stand for 30 minutes.
Combine the reserved pineapple cooking juice and the cheesecloth mixture in a large pitcher, then discard the cheesecloth bag. Stir in 1/2 cup vegan powdered sugar (such as Wholesome Sweeteners), and stir well until the sugar dissolves.
Chill until ready to serve, and serve this yummy drink over ice. 1 cup is 70 calories. Garnish with some mint leaves if you like, for a pretty presentation!
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html