Mozzarella falafel balls with a cucumber yogurt feta sauce

A Middle Eastern food, falafel offers you flavours that will burst in your mouth and make you come back for more. A chickpea falafel coupled with a good dipping sauce really does make these crispy balls stand out in the flavour department. I chose to make a homemade sauce with yogurt, cucumber, fresh chives, fresh basil, fresh mint, lime juice, salt and pepper to taste and bits of traditional feta cheese. Letting this dip stay in the refrigerator a day in advance will give you the best taste as the flavours have time to come together. If you decide to have no sauce with your falafel balls then you can simply enjoy them as they are. You may find the cumin will stand out amongst all the spices, at least I do with my recipe because I add enough for a pungent flavour. Chickpeas really don’t have much flavour so you need to jazz up your falafel balls if you want them to taste good. Traditionally you may find falafel in pita with a sauce which could range anywhere from hummus to tahini (sesame seed paste) or you can create your own falafel sauce like I have today. You can find […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Garlic Hummus

  Hummus simply means “chickpeas” in Arabic. What I have created is an easy creamy garlic hummus recipe that anyone can make in minutes in a food processor for around $1.50. While shopping the other day we noticed the cost of this frugal dip coming in at a whopping $4.50 for a 500 g tub. You can find Tahini paste down the ethnic section at your local grocery shop for around $4-6 for a large container. Although this cost seems high for the paste it will last you for many recipes. The Tahini (sesame butter) is what turns this chickpea spread into a creamy delight and makes your taste buds tingle. If you are a hummus fan you must try this easy garlic hummus recipe before heading out to the grocery store to pay premium price for something you can easily make at home.  If you are a fan of roasted garlic you could easily substitute the fresh garlic in this simple hummus recipe for roasted garlic. Sometimes I even like to toss in some fresh basil from my garden to kick it up a notch in the flavour department. Roasted Garlic- Peel your garlic to expose the outer layer skin of the individual garlic cloves. […]

Too Much Fresh Basil? Try Mr.CBB’s Basil Garlic Cubes

BASIL IS A THING OF BEAUTY   Are you faced with too much basil in your garden? Last year when we planted fresh basil we struggled to get enough to even make a few tomato salads. We use basil in just about anything we cook that we can jazz up the flavour like pasta, salads, dips, meat and potatoes etc. Basil in oil is a wonderful thing and if you haven’t tried it you are missing out on some incredible flavours.I don’t know many people who don’t fancy basil but you can get all sorts of different types of basil such as lemon-basil and chocolate-basil as well. You can easily grow a garden in a small space including herbs all you need are small pots to get your seeds going and before you know it you will have more basil than you know what to do with. It’s not as lucrative of a herb as mint is that grows like a weed but with some love and care this plant will grow in abundance for you depending on where you live of course. Pairing basil and garlic together with some extra virgin olive oil is like a match made in […]

Mr.CBB’s Tangy Easy Guacamole Dip $ 4.10

When the hot weather approaches Mrs. CBB and I have an incessant urge to eat lots more vegetables and fresh salads and this tangy easy guacamole is no exception. I first fell in love with guacamole after tasting the Indian version while in India a few years back. My recipe is not near as fancy as the Avocado Raita nor as authentic as the Mexican version but it’s tasty and is just as addictive. There are many reasons to eat more avocados  if not for the high fat content(14.1 g of fat in a half avocado-mostly unsaturated with 2 grams saturated) but for the heart healthy vitamins. I like to serve my guacamole with tortilla chips, fresh-cut vegetables or on my homemade whole wheat tortillas (I promise you will never buy them again they are so easy to make), which I will be sharing with you shortly. Guacamole is a relatively frugal dip to make with the real cost coming from the avocados running about $1.25 each or cheaper depending where you buy them.  We picked up a pack of 6 for $2.99 on the reduced rack last week so we’ve been making this guacamole recipe over and over for about $4.10. With BBQ season in […]