I've not put anything up for some time ... it really has been a busy time for me and I do wish I had more time to maintain this blog.
Since then, a kind reader gave me some useful information - that the pineapple plant we all know and love came from the same place that the rubber tree did - South America. The popular story appears to be that Columbus discovered it in 1493 and brought it back with him to Europe. From there, it is likely that the European explorers /colonisers/missionaries brought it with them to South East Asia. (One suspects the Portuguese, but my informant figured the French). Whoever it was, the fruit came via Europe, the cooking techniques are more western than oriental, the very traditional Eurasian practice of eating this at Christmas together with the sugee cake... ... whatever it is, I have enough jam left over to make a fresh batch for Chinese New Year, thus satisfying both traditions :-)
The shortbread, however, is no Eurasian tradition but my family's own favourite recipe. I wrote about it in a previous post too, so I won't go into it any further here.