Mr.CBB’s Mum’s British Lemon Fridge Cake

  This Lemon Fridge Cake has been passed down the ranks in my family from my grandma all the way to my mum and now us kids. She would make it for any special occasion as did my grandma and I distinctly remember the smell of lemon permeating our house. Most often it was made for Birthday’s, Christmas and Easter but we could devour it any time of year. Growing up one of 3 children my mum was a stay at home mum and was always mixing something up in the kitchen. If you couldn’t find mum she was in the kitchen with her white apron tightly drawn around her mincing, rolling, stirring and testing something new. There were no boxed cakes in our house as my mum always wanted to create new recipes. Likely why I am so passionate about being in the kitchen. It was great to have my mum at home and I learned just as much from her in the kitchen as I did from my dad about repairs to the house and vehicles. The tartness of the lemon in this cake will please the lemon lover in anyone. The whipped cream balances out the sweetness of […]

Mr.CBB’s Tomato Salad With Potato,Green Beans and Chick Peas

Tomato Salad with Potatoes, Green Beans and Chick Peas is perhaps one of our favourite salads in the summer time. We always bring this as a healthy side yet frugal dish to any backyard bbq’s we may go to and it’s a hit. This tomato potato salad is a heart healthy dish and we like to serve it along side a protein such as lamb which we marinate and grill on the bbq. If you don’t already know from my many garden posts we grow an abundance of varieties of tomatoes such as ….. Roma Tomatoes Beefsteak Tomatoes Cherry Tomatoes Plum Tomatoes Grape Tomatoes Originating in South America the tomato often called a “vegetable” is actually a fruit although most consider it a vegetable. There is nothing better than organic tomatoes ripened on the plant for easy summer salads. Tomatoes are also popular in a myriad of other dishes and condiments such as ….. Tomato Soup Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomato Juice Pasta Sauce Ketchup Salsa Pizza Tomato paste Beverages such as the Bloody Mary Some people even enjoy slicing tomatoes, breading them and frying them in vegetable oil until crispy on the outside. You can top these little treats with fresh […]

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. […]

Mr.CBB’s Vegetable Fried Rice With Shrimp and Egg

Mr. CBB’s Vegetable Stir Fried Rice with Shrimp and Egg Have you ever wondered how to make shrimp fried rice? If you don’t like meat this Vegetable Stir Fried Rice with Shrimp and Egg dish is for you. It was one of those days where we wanted to have shrimp and this dish hit the spot. With the juicy shrimp bursting in your mouth to the salty flavour of the fried rice this is a perfect budget friendly dish any night of the week. We used frozen carrots and peas in this recipe only because we had a bag in the freezer and it needed using up. You could certainly use fresh carrots and peas from your garden if you so desire. Fried rice is common in Canadian Chinese cuisine that we have all come to love. Fried rice originates in Asia and is popular in Asian cuisine, Chinese Food, Southern Asian and South-Eastern Asia. In the UK rice dishes are very popular in our Chinese restaurants and after a night at the pub it’s a popular takeaway food. I’ve had Chinese Food in Canada and I don’t know what it is but I do find a distinct difference in taste than back home […]

Mr.CBB’s Easy Beef Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice

Mr. CBB’s Easy Beef Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice We love to make easy stir fry’s in the Canadian Budget Binder Kitchen and this frugal recipe is no exception. It’s one of those meals that is light and tasty but you can still walk when you’re done eating it. I grilled the steak for this one on the bbq as I find it has a better flavour that way. You can simply stir fry it if that’s what you prefer to do. In order to make the pretty mounds of rice I used a small white bowl (you will see the picture of the garlic below, that’s the bowl I used) filled it, packed it then ran a knife around it and it easily popped out right on the plate. The rice mound just gives the dish that “restaurant allure” like you put lots of effort into this stir fry. The splash of lime or lemon at the end is more of a palate cleanser. I find that after the taste of the broth and the sesame oil the acid cleans my palate and is then refreshed at the end of each bite. All around the flavours and crunchy texture […]

Mr.CBB’s Garlic,Onion Potato Balls

Potato Balls, they sure do look good, and they are especially with Mr.CBB’s Famous Sloppy Joe’s and the cooler temperatures around the corner. This is what we had for dinner last night and it was worth all the effort.  I think in Canada they would be comparable to tater tots. I’ll admit when I had no idea what someone was going on about. I thought they were talking rubbish and trying once again to get a laugh out at my expense. I’m used to it though but I think I can show them up one with me mums Potato Balls. One of my Facebook fans asked how I learned to cook and it’s simple, I watched my parents. My mum and dad were always in the kitchen together whipping something special up in our house. These potato balls were something me mum made with a fish fry and homemade coleslaw. After a while you kind of bored of the same chips with your fish so this was just as nice if not better. I’ve also travelled to many places around the world and make it a point to hang out where the locals eat. This is the best way to learn about culture and […]

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 […]

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