I had book club last night.

We all got together to watch a movie and drink wine.


Did you think we sat around discussing character development and the use of dialogue?


We sat around drinking a variety of wines and discussing all of the gratuitous sex scenes in the movie.

Which there were plenty.

Don’t worry.

We did read the actual book.

Well, some of us did.


The book?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


The movie?


Uh, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.


In the book, the main female character, Lisbeth Salander, is brilliant and socially awkward.

Despite her petite stature, she is edgy, hard, and quite frankly, tough as shit.

Think Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta.

Only slightly more insane.

Case in point: She rapes her rapist in then tattoos “I am a rapist pig”  across his entire upper half.

Then she disembowels his lower half.

Too graphic for you?

You should have seen the movie.

Both the book and the movie are set in Sweden so I wanted to bring a traditional Swedish dish.

Um, I don’t think veganism exists in Sweden.

My options were Swedish meatballs or pickled herring.

I almost resigned to showing up with a box of Swedish Fish.

Then I remembered the delicious confection the Swiss are famous for:


Coming to a book club near you:


That’s right.

Chocolate Balls.

Say it again.

Chocolate Balls.

Chocolate Balls.

I can’t say it with a straight face.

The traditional Swedish Chokladboll is made with cocoa, oats, butter, sugar, coffee and rolled in shredded coconut.

My version uses maple syrup and melted Swiss chocolate in place of the butter.

In honor of Lisbeth, I added cinnamon and ass-kicking cayenne pepper.

And like Lisbeth, these will rape your senses.

Too graphic for you?

Wait until you try one.


1 cup quick cooking oats (not instant)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup maple syrup

1.5 oz. Swiss chocolate (or 1/4 cup chocolate chips), melted

2 tablespoons coffee

1 cup shredded coconut, for coating

Combine oats, cocoa powder, spices, and salt and mix thoroughly.

Add maple syrup, melted chocolate, and coffee.


Let mixture rest for a minute or two to firm up.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of mixture and shape into a ball.

Roll in coconut.

Serve room temperature, chilled, or frozen.


It’s Earth Day!

In the spirit of the holiday, I’m saving all of my garbage.

For the compost!

All this saving the Earth stuff leaves me ravenous.

I’m going to go stuff my face with Chokladbolls.

 I still can’t say it with a straight face.

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