This is one of the non-food posts I told ya I’d do for ya.
Call me crazy or call me very fashion forward.
Ok, so city folk have been trying to copy country folk style forever.
Silverlake hipsters had their trucker hat phase, cut off t-shirt phase, what have you. Hipster girls did the 1940’s secretary, school marm thing for a while.
Well, I give you super granny style. I love it that you can’t find these pants online- I tried. I tried google-ing them- nada, except this one ebay ad for similar ones in tan.
If you ask me, these pants are way beyond cool. They came from the 3 dollar rack at the WMWM of stuff from the summer no one wanted. I am pretty psyched that no one in Los Angeles will have these pants except me.
From having been a child in the South, I remember pineapple imagery everywhere. Not til now did I look up what it meant.
Here’s what I found by Beverly L. Pack:
“During early Colonial days in the United States, families would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table as a colorful centerpiece of the festive meal, especially when visitors joined them in celebration. This symbolized the utmost in welcome and hospitality to the visitor, and the fruit would be served as a special desert after the meal. Often when the visitor spent the night, he was given the bedroom which had the pineapples carved on the bedposts or headboard–even if the bedroom belonged to the head of the household.
A small, peaceful hamlet in rural Alabama boasts symbols of the pineapple everywhere your eyes may look. Pine Apple, settled by “Easterners” from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia around 1820 was originally named “Friendship”. But there was already another Friendship, Alabama, so the settlers named their town in honor of the pine and the apple trees that gave the land its beauty and the town its wealth. These days the town’s name is as often written “Pineapple” and it is Pine Apple. Signs of this universal symbol of hospitality are seen painted on the front doors of homes and the town’s welcome sign, carved in fanciful finials and Christmas decorations, atop gate-posts and roof-tops, carved into bedposts and head-boards, and found in a variety of table centerpieces. Other carved items found around southern homes include serving trays and wooden bowls.
Not only have wood-carvers etched this immortal symbol, but the delicate hands of needle-workers have preserved this symbol in family heirlooms over the centuries. Items such as pineapple samplers, table cloths, and crochet doilies are but a few of the items found in homes of unbounding welcome. Modern decorative items include pot holders, towels, small framed accents, drink coasters, decorative flags, brass door knockers, curtain finials, stair-rail and mailbox posts, and welcome mats.
The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world.”
Ok, I can actually tie this into a bit of food history for you from The Kitchen Project. Yes, looking at these pants makes me hungry for Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
Southern Living Magazine has a few recipes for this deliciousness. You should make one for your family for the holidays.
Worthy of a Special Occasion
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
- 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple slices, undrained
- 9 maraschino cherries
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
Melt butter in a 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Spread brown sugar evenly over bottom of skillet. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice; set juice aside. Arrange pineapple slices in a single layer over brown sugar mixture, and place a cherry in center of each pineapple ring; set skillet aside.
Beat egg yolks at medium speed with an electric mixer until thick and lemon-colored; gradually add granulated sugar, beating well.
Heat reserved pineapple juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Gradually add juice mixture to the yolk mixture, beating until blended.
Combine all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder; add dry ingredients to the yolk mixture, beating at low speed with electric mixer until blended.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold egg whites into batter. Spoon batter evenly over pineapple slices.
Bake at 325° for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in skillet 30 minutes; invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm or cold with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
Express Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Follow original recipe directions for first 4 ingredients. Substitute 1 (9-ounce) package golden yellow cake mix for next 5 ingredients. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting 1/2 cup pineapple juice for 1/2 cup water. Spoon batter over prepared pineapple slices as directed. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Jiffy Golden Yellow Cake Mix.
Southern Living, MARCH 2003