Mr.CBB’s Cucumber Radish Salad with Fresh Mint

Cucumbers and radish in the summer almost go together naturally,at least for us.Toss in some fresh mint and a lemon garlic dressing and you have a salad fit for any occasion that won’t dig into your pocket-book. It also looks elegant in a fancy serving dish perfect for any back yard gathering. We grow Mentha also called Mint every year BUT,we don’t put it in the ground. If you know anything about mint you know that it will grow and it won’t stop as it has a network of runners that just keeps on giving but is very aromatic. We have grown both garden mint and lemon mint although there are many species of mint around the world. We opt for putting it in a relatively decent sized pot so it has enough room to grow.The results are always..too much but we make good use of it. You know paying $1.99 for a small packet at the shops hurts the budget so growing it is our number one option. You can pick up packets at the dollar store for $0.50 and no effort required except water and partial shade but enjoys plenty of sun. If you have friends who grow mint, I’m sure they’d […]

Mr.CBB’s Whole Wheat Kalamata Olive Bread with Oregano

We love the taste of ACE Bakery Olive Bread and actually purchased it quite often on the reduced rack at the grocery shops as it is a pricey bread, but with good reason.  We wanted to take a step back and see if we could come up with our own Olive Bread. We wanted one that was comparable to the olive bread we love so much and that we could make in our own home for a fraction of the price. The cost to make this loaf of bread was about $3.00-$3.50 a loaf which includes  one jar of olives. You can’t compare something especially bread made with your own hands to store-bought. Source With this bread we decided to use Whole Wheat flour which is derived from grinding the whole grain of the wheat. Although we’re tempted to try this recipe mixed with a white all-purpose flour the nuttiness of this bread is perfect any time of year. This bread is a tasty, hearty bread that is good to dip in soups, make a sandwich, or toast and top with your favourite spread. Or if you are like us you love this bread with Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad with Chick […]

Mr.CBB’s Eggless Chocolate Coffee Cake $6.50

Eggless Chocolate Coffee Cake… for real you can make a moist chocolate cake without eggs. I know I was just as shocked and it’s perfect! It was just the other night I had a hankering for chocolate and I was tempting myself to head to the kitchen to make my Mr.CBB’s Fudgy Brownies. Although my Facebook Fans motivated me to get up and bake I decided to wait a day as it was a bit late. Then during a Facebook conversation 2 fans Christine Weadick and Sarah Jackson started talking about allergies and eggless cakes. Sarah’s little one is allergic to eggs and was looking for some new easy eggless recipes. In comes Christine to the rescue with her easy eggless chocolate cake recipe. This is what Facebook sharing and caring is all about, two people who come together to help each other out.   Eggless Chocolate Cake Christine went on to post her favourite eggless chocolate cake recipe you can find it posted on my timeline on Facebook) and I was intrigued with it. The next evening I made the chocolate cake and it turned out lovely. It was a bit heavier than normal cakes but moist and delightful. […]

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 Summer Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil, Fennel and Chick Peas

SUMMER FRESH SALADS ARE ALL YOU NEED AT YOUR NEXT DINNER PARTY   This easy to make summer fresh tomato salad is a flavour-packed salad that you can eat any day of the week all year-long. The best time of year though is during the summer when organic tomatoes are in season. The wow factor is dipping chunks of fresh crusty Italian Bread into the juices to soak up all the yummy flavour.   Growing Tomatoes   We start our garden from seed every year with tomatoes and peppers being at the top of our priority list. Growing tomatoes is relatively easy as long as you start the seeds early or buy them at your local garden centre. Taking care of your tomatoes means stringing them up as they grow so you protect your investment by having them laying all over the ground. If you don’t have a garden, no fear you can easily grow tomatoes in a small space and having juicy tomatoes at your disposal. This quick recipe is something we have perfected over the past 3 years, especially since salads are part of our daily diet. If you don’t like the full size tomatoes and you would […]

Mr.CBB’s Easy Spinach and Wheat Tortilla Recipe

I’ve made tortillas ever since I decided that I didn’t want to pay $3.49 at the shop for 8 wraps. To be honest I’m sure you will smack yourself a couple of times wondering why you are paying that kind of money for a recipe that is so quick, easy and frugal to make. If you do buy tortillas you can cross them off your list and save some money in the budget because convenience truly does cost. It’s important to know your prices on products. As you will see making these tortillas at home is a huge savings compared to the price you would pay at the shop. We make these once a week and fill them will all sorts of yummy healthy foods for a quick snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner. This one today has Mr.CBB’s Tangy Easy Guacamole Dip on top with a dollop of fat-free Sour Cream or you can use a low-fat greek yogurt. We also switch it up and make a spinach tortilla simply by adding 4 cups of fresh spinach from our garden to a pot of salted water to wilt. I then toss it in the food processor with garlic. Instead of using […]

Mr.CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks June 22, 2012

What a week it has been in Ontario! We welcomed summer with a bang proving these next few months will be fun in the sun! When Mrs. CBB gets the blender out I know it’s party time at the CBB home! We made our first blender drink this week Vanilla Raspberry Banana Smoothie. Devouring one of these drinks on a hot day psychologically makes me feel like I’m on vacation sun,sand and beach. As you may know I like my summertime beer however Mrs. CBB has dragged me into her blender drink circle from the first time she made me one. I’m a blender drink believer.. no I didn’t say belieber. So if you like blender drinks.. I have more where these came from! Ok.. on to my blog picks. MR. CBB’s Vanilla Raspberry Banana Smoothie 2 cups frozen raspberries ( if you use fresh add 2 cups of ice cubes) 1 cup Liberte Greek Yogurt 0% fat 1/2 cup skim milk 1 frozen or fresh banana 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 100% pure Put it all in the blender and pulse until mixed! Pour into any fancy glass, add a straw and some Mint for a splash of WOW! Enjoy! P.S […]

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 […]

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