Here is the recipe for Martin’s Cool Mocha (cool in temperature, not so sure about its “hipness” factor).



You’ll need:


An espresso machine (I use a crappy but sturdy Hamilton Beach one I bought for US$60 from Target)


Organic espresso—either Coloiera from any JJ Bean location or Origins Medium from Café Petit Ami on Granville Island (either way, I think they use the same grinder, so ask for Grind Setting #2 and ignore all other questions they ask about what kind of machine you got… number 2 is number 2 is number 2)


Lactose-free milk, 2% (such as Safeway’s Lucerne or Parmalat’s LactAid)


Two Lindt D’Or chocolate spheres (as dark a kind as you can stand) or roughly as much of a quantity of chocolate chips as of espresso powder.  I am currently trying out Callebaut chocolate chips, and though they don’t have the coconut oil (the secret sauce in Lindt D’Or), they also don’t have all that weird emulsifier crap.




You should:


Make two shots of espresso.

Pour the espresso shots over the two chocolate spheres.

Mix until the chocolate’s dissolved.

Pour cool milk in to taste.







Hakan taught me how to make his ultra-simple and super-duper nutritious “breakfast soup” yesterday. here’s the recipe:

2, 2.5 cups of water
1 tblspn of olive oil
seasalt to taste
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (that’s coughing hot—half of that is already quite spicy, and definitely DO NOT confuse teaspoon with tablespoon)
1 potato cut up fairly fine
1 carrot cut up somewhat fine
2 tblspns of red lentils, chopped if possible
(a bunch of fresh dill) XOR ((a bunch of fresh mint) OR (a teabag of mint tea))

bring water and olive oil and salt and cayenne to boil, drop everything else in, bring back to boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10-20 minutes depending on the optimum reduction level aka soup thickness vs. mushiness of potatoes and lentils. makes one decent-sized serving of soup with all the major nutrients a body needs.

Hakan has it for breakfast very often. i’d prefer it for any other time of day—it’d take a few flips of a few switches for me to make that into a breakfast dish.