Grilled Chops and Veggies

Not much to say here. Get some hot coals and throw meat and veggies on your grill. LOL

I like to marinade my veggies in balsamic, salt, and pepper. I’ve been experimenting with fruit on the grill, so I sliced a pineapple and threw it in the marinade. Aluminum foil worked well for combining pineapple chunks and mango slices with fresh cilantro in a grill packet. This made a great chutney for the chops! YAY SUMMER!

August 7, 2011
Food, Recipe


Calypso Waffles


A dear friend recently acquired a waffle iron. I don’t like to measure stuff, but with baking types of recipes, you must or things will fail. Here is my waffle recipe!!

Start by plugging in and turning on your waffle iron, probably to the highest setting or 75-80% HOT!! I’m still experimenting with waffles, but my Dad told me to make it hot!! :p

In two separate bowls, combine the following wet and dry ingredients:

Dry Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup flaxseed*
1 tsp sea salt
3 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
a handful of sliced almonds*

Wet Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups Silk almond milk (you can use regular milk or a milk substitute)
1 tsp vanilla extract**
1/3 cup oil (butter, grapeseed, olive)

**I’d like to try almond extract

Now, whisk them together in a large bowl. I spray the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush it with oil (grapeseed oil or olive oil). Put about 2/3 cup of batter in the middle of the waffle iron and close the “lid.” The batter is moderately thick, so I think 4 1/2 – 5 minutes did the trick. This should make about 4-5 8-inch circular waffles. Rule of thumb: Cook waffles until the steam stops rising from the iron. You can also judge by the color.

Wtf is a Calypso Waffle?

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Bite sized pineapple and plantains

That’s simple. While you’re waiting for the waffles to finish cooking, sauté about a cup of diced pineapple and 1 diced plantain  in a skillet. Try bite sized pieces. I used butter. It’s good 🙂 They are done when the plantains take a nice golden color. Slightly brown is okay 🙂

This was my second time making this recipe. I added fresh mint to the saute. I also realized, after the fact, that I had a mango in the refrigerator 🙁 Maybe next time.

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Waffles before it's calypsofied 🙂

When you’re ready to serve, top your waffle with Chobani Greek yogurt and the calypso fruit mixture. I added a little maple syrup.

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Calypso Waffles

I have no words for this creation. I was very pleased and we even had leftovers. These waffles freeze well. Don’t be afraid to save them for later use. Try other toppings. I love:

peanut butter
ice cream
whipped cream
to name a few 🙂

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Calypso Waffles

May 9, 2011
Food, Recipe


QueenEarth at Terra Cafe

In my spare time, I am a musician, among other things. Every Friday, I have the pleasure of playing a lunch gig at Baltimore’s Terra Cafe (101 E 25th St.) from 12-2pm. This restaurant is one of my favs for food, atmosphere, and for their support of local musicians and artists. I have a good relationship with those guys (my boys work hard), so good that they gave me an original sandwich creation.

This is the QueenEarth!!!

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QueenEarth fish Sandwich from Terra Cafe (101 E 25th St)

The famous Terra Cafe fish sandwich (I call it famous because any patron who visits the place will be eating a fish sandwich or they will wish they had ordered it when they see your plate), baked or fried, on a bed of leafy greens and tomatoes with a light layer of chipotle mayo, all served on a fresh baked sub roll. You can add cheese. What makes it a QueenEarth vs regular fish sandwiches? I add a healthy serving of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and onions. It’s heavenly.

I usually order the potato salad (it tastes like Mom’s) but I was urged to try the yams. They make them with pineapple!! Need I say more?


If you order a QueenEarth sandwich, you can also get my EP, Introducing . . . QueenEarth for half price. That’s a helluva deal 🙂

I forgot to mention the desserts. Cakes and pies!! WORD!!

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Terra Cafe Dessert Selection



March 18, 2011
Food, Restaurants