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 […]

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Crockpot Chili $6.50

Mr.CBB’s Slammin Chili! Last week I promised I would get you my budget friendly slammin chili recipe and here it is. I hope I had you all drooling over my Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread which I have accompanying this dish as it’s worth the extra time to make them.  For some a thick slice of fresh hot slice of home-made bread slathered in butter will do the trick but I wanted to try something new. If you like to try something different.. give it a shot, it’s very tasty. Mr. CBB’s Slammin Chili can be as mild as you like it or as Spicy as you like it. We prefer somewhere in the middle to protect us from the morning after effect in the loo as we don’t have stomachs of steel in the CBB home. There are many types of chili peppers depending on what region of the world you are in. They also differ in heat and sweetness but for the most part add tonnes of flavour to any dish. One of my favourite peppers is the pepperoncini Chili pepper.. particularly the one’s that are marinated or pickled. I can eat those one after another with some fresh bread.. you know the one’s […]

Mr.CBB’s Spicy Cheesy Bacon Corn Bread $5 a pan

By: Mr.CBB I was inspired to make cornbread from a couple of fans on facebook who had talked about corn bread. If you have followed along with me you know I am terrified of making any bread whatsoever. My attempts in the past have all went south right into the bin.  When I realized corn bread had no yeast, well the ideas started popping into my head. Both Aunt B’s Kitchen out of British Columbia and Beckie Thiessen who shared their recipes with me. I decided to make cornbread but wanting to design my own recipe for the blog. I don’t think I realized how versatile cornmeal is and how cheap it is to buy. I love to experiment with texture and flavour so sometimes, my recipes fail but most they are an epic success! (well to us at least, we love them) This particular recipe has flavours that Mrs. CBB and I both love Cheddar, Bacon and Jalepeno.  The spices were simple and I added a bit of cumin to make the bread pop with flavour. I suggest eating it straight from the oven when the cheese is oozing… hot! I also did not have buttermilk which I read is the best for cornbread… […]

Mr.CBB’s Carbonara with Sausage and Cheese Polenta Bake $12.75

It’s not everyday that polenta is used in our recipes but it should be because it’s an easy ingredient to work with and is a fairly reasonably priced product. It’s also versatile as you can create many recipes such as polenta fries, polenta cakes, fried polenta rounds and baked polenta chips. How To Cook Polenta Cooking polenta is fairly easy and you will likely want to use it time and again once you’ve tried it the first time. The product is simple to use as you just simmer it in a water base liquid or broth. Cook polenta until it becomes a creamy consistency like oatmeal or porridge which essentially it is to the Italians, a porridge. You will find the polenta cooking process may take a bit longer than porridge though. You can also buy pre-cooked polenta in tubes or quick cooking polenta at almost any grocery store for around $2 a tube which is the convenient alternative to making it yourself.  I might even try grilling polenta on the BBQ this summer which would be great topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. When I put together this Carbonara with sausage and cheese polenta bake I wanted to combine the […]

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