A Lovely Ice Cream Cookie for Valentine’s Day

I love the combination of blueberry, coconut and vanilla. You probably have seen this combination in my blueberry & vanilla soy milk oatmeal post. For this dessert I warmed up blueberries with cream of coconut and served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream served on a cookie.  The cookie's ingredients support this dessert with flavors of coconut,  vanilla and chocolate chips. Topped with a thin slice of banana and chocolate shavings makes this dessert a very simple yet tasty treat for any occasion. A Quick Journey into the History of Valentine's Day As Valentine's day is upon us we … [Read more...]

Caribbean Black Cake to Bring Prosperity and Luck

My cousin-in-law Roseanne was grateful enough to reveal her Guyanese black cake recipe to me. As you know by now I have acquired a passion and love for Caribbean food and have come to enjoy many of their culinary traditions. Mainly due to the fact that I have lived and worked in the Caribbean and second because of my beautiful wife Denise, whom I have met there, while, working as a chef. Now, 20 years later, I have two big sons who love our culinary traditions. We always wanted to make sure that our kids grow up knowing both cultures. So over the Holidays I usually cook popular German foods … [Read more...]

Apple Plum Cake – A Favorite in Germany

  Plum cake, it's either you like it or you don't. That's my experience. Not everyone likes plums. During my trip through Germany, I tasted quite a few pieces of plum cake and was able to bake my own, too. I was lucky to get some great plums since the season was almost over (in Germany). These plums actually called Zwetchgens or Quetsch plums here in the USA. Zwetchgens or Quetsch plums are only available during August through October. Other plums might be available through imports during the year. If you have never eaten plum cake, give it a try. Let me know if you liked it. Yeast … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Pizza

Last Friday I came home from work, hungry of course only to see that I had nothing to feed my family. Well, what do you do in this situation? You order food or cook something. I chose to cook actually to bake, since my kids like pizza why not bake one. So I decided to bake a whole wheat pizza with whatever vegetables I had left in the refrigerator.  In this case I had tuna, mushrooms, artichokes and red peppers. This recipe makes about two 16 inch pies. Ingredients: Whole Wheat Pizza dough: 3 cups of wheat flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 3/4 tbsp yeast 1/2 tbsp salt 2 tbsp … [Read more...]

Apple Walnut Cake

I like this cake because it's very moist and easy to bake. The apple sauce can be substituted by cherry or blueberry compote, if apples are not your favorite. Mashed ripe bananas also work well in this recipe. I used to make all my cakes with a more traditional pound cake recipe, however the amount of butter and eggs used in theses cakes add too much cholesterol to our daily lives. Yes we eat cakes almost on a daily basis at tea time. That's why I like this apple walnut cake recipe. It is much lighter than most cakes, yet just as delicious. Ingredients: 1.5 cup Apple sauce 1.25 cup … [Read more...]

Organic Multi-Grain Bread

Every so often I have to bake my own multi-grain bread. I just don't like the bread you get in the supermarket. I have a habit of reading the ingredients on the back of almost anything I buy including bread, and if I see words I can't even pronounce I will put it right back in the shelf. I know it's weird, but that's me. There are only a handful of bakeries where I like the bread and they are too far away so I bake it myself. I rarely bake white bread and if I do, it's because my kids are bagging me to do it. Otherwise I prefer organic multi-grain bread or whole wheat bread. The reason why I … [Read more...]