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 […]

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 […]

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