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...]

Coffee Chocolate Mousse with a Very Berry Cherry Compote

I think chocolate - I eat chocolate - and - I crave chocolate all the time.  I don’t know what it is, but I think chocolate is addicting.  I have to admit I don’t care for the really cheap chocolate,  because they lack the cocoa that makes chocolate so good in the first place.  I know chocolate is not everyone's favorite.  Like my wife doesn’t like  it at all. It’s really too bad because they say chocolate is an aphrodisiac. :-) Chocolate Makes You Happy Let's be serious here - Chocolate has some great health benefits.  Whether it's the flavonoids or the antioxidants,  chocolate has much … [Read more...]

Recovering from Hurricane with Coconut Rice Pudding

It has been 15 days since Hurricane Sandy hit and left us with no power, water or heat. I would like to apologize for not posting lately, but it was just impossible for me to get power. I have to admit I have seen better days. Sandy flexed her muscles and showed us that Mother Nature is still in charge. No one really wanted to believe that this storm would hit this community so bad. In the end it was a 15 foot coastal flood wave which basically rolled over our sea town. It didn’t end there; the 36 hour tropical storm that followed the flood, blasted with 95 miles per hour winds and finished … [Read more...]

Orange Coconut Kaiserschmarrn

Kaiserschmarrn, I remember this dessert from the days I went skiing in Austria while on vacation. During the day I would bother my parents if I could have this dish for dessert after dinner. Every night - yep. I Couldn't get enough of it. To me Kaiserschmarn is nothing different from a fluffy torn-apart pancake. Instead of using the original recipe I decided to add coconut flakes, coconut milk and Grand Manier. Kaiserschmarrn is served in Austria as a dessert - however - it works well for brunch, too. Once the Kaiserschmarrn is cooked it leaves behind an aroma that is so addicting - at … [Read more...]

Sauteed Cinnamon Lime Infused Strawberries

  June is officially the month when strawberries will be in full season at least here on the east coast. However, due to the warm winter we might have some early strawberries to pick.  Fortunately, there is California and Florida that provide us with plenty of strawberries during the year. This recipe is especially good for those with a sweet tooth like myself. Sautéed strawberries can be served over ice cream, crepes and waffles, just to name a few. I love to serve sauteed strawberries over a crepe and vanilla ice cream. The Grand Marnier used in this recipe intensifies the orange sauce … [Read more...]

Vanilla Crepe with Ice Cream

It was my son's birthday and I wanted to make him a little surprise dessert. So I thought why not make him a vanilla crepe with hot cinnamon lime infused strawberries. He wanted pizza as a main course, yes I know; how can you feed him pizza on his Birthday? It wasn't my choice. Well at least I was able to make him the vanilla crepe. And boy he loved the crepe. The following recipe is very simple and best of all gets the family together.               I mix the batter in a bowl just the way I would do it in the restaurant kitchen, however you can use a food … [Read more...]