Vegan Chocolate Truffles

30 March 2013 § 4 Comments

I wanted to make an Easter treat to take to our friend’s house for lunch tomorrow. I had planned to make chocolate truffles you know the incredibly rich, creamy ones but had a last-minute change of plan…



…I put aside the heavy cream, butter and chocolate and instead I started mixing cocoa powder, nut butter and some coconut oil. I added some interesting toppings such as crystalized ginger, toasted coconut with cardamom and toasted nuts. The result was these really tasty chocolate morsels (albeit vegan ones).

I could fib and say I was thinking of our health but it was nothing more than sheer laziness. These chocolates just needed one large bowl to be mixed in.

All you vegan cynics need to try these. I had to hide them from King Marv and The Ladies™ so we have some left to take tomorrow. I posted this recipe on my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.

St. Patrick’s Day recipe: Colcannon

17 March 2013 § 2 Comments

La Fhéile Pádraig Shona Daoibh!


As a fellow Celt I feel a lot of empathy to the Irish. I also have some Irish credentials –  that’s if you can count a grandfather who changed his name from Brien to O’Brien to join the Irish marching band in Cardiff – those Irish boys must have been the cool kids in town.

Anyway in honor of all things green and delicious I made colcannon, the recipe is in my What’s for Dinner? column on Baristakids.

How could this creamy, buttery mash not be a winner when it is full of the rockstar of the vegetable world – kale.

So I’m now off to make a Leprechaun House with The Ladies™. As an activity it beats drinking green beer.

Super-quick Apple Pie with Oatmeal Streusel.

17 February 2013 § Leave a comment

If you have some of these


Then why not make some of this on this long weekend: It’s February and the wind is icy. There is not even any snow to play in. So get your oven on.


The recipe is one click away in my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.

Soup time….Minestrone or in kid-speak pasta soup

3 February 2013 § 3 Comments

We know that when getting kids to eat certain foods, at times it all comes down to the marketing.


This minestrone soup recipe in my column on What’s for Dinner? on Barista Kids shows how renaming it Pasta soup made it a winner with The Ladies™.  Here’s the recipe. Ladle with love!

Booskerdoo – Flying the Flag for Fresh Coffee in NJ

22 January 2013 § 7 Comments

Those who know me and know my unswerving coffee obsession should not be surprised to learn that King Marv and I travelled 60 miles (and then another 60 miles back) last week for a decent cup of my favorite caffeinated beverage. Actually, as it transpires, it was much better than decent.


(For those of you less familiar with my persistent preoccupation with the roasted output of the pleasing peaberry , perhaps this anecdote will help: Years ago when I worked as a regional sales manager, I would prioritize my account visits based on who served good coffee at their offices. Forget about clinching deals or hitting targets, it was all about decent coffee. Needless to say, I did not last that long in the job but I emerged with a self-realization that I will not compromise when it comes to coffee… ) « Read the rest of this entry »

Comforting Cottage Pie

21 January 2013 § Leave a comment

What is better than a Cottage Pie on a cold winter’s evening? There are few things more comforting han a gently bubbling dish of rich meat gravy topped with creamy, cheesy mash. There is a reason why this is a comfort food favorite.

My recipe is over on this week’s What’s For Dinner? on Barista Kids.

New Year’s Resolutions: Homemade Granola

6 January 2013 § 2 Comments

Breakfast conjures up images of a sedate, gentle breaking of a fast. That image bears no relation to the utter anarchy and chaos of getting The Ladies out of the door for school. Anything that can be done in advance to make the mayhem run a bit more smoothly is a good thing.


In the flurry of packed lunches, searching for homework and finding mittens I sometimes forget to eat. So one of my resolutions is to have a good breakfast every day. This granola recipe that you can find on my Barista Kids What’s for Dinner? column will help me to stick to at least one of my resolutions.