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 […]

Crispy Fresh Spring Rolls

You may or not have seen my drool worthy Crispy Fresh Spring Roll pictures on Mr CBB’s “What’s for Dinner” Facebook post last week and they are as good as they look.  I thought I would  share this delicious easy spring roll recipe with all of you. The best part about my spring roll recipe is all the fresh ingredients that I use with it. We don’t go out to eat often as we find eating in vs eating out is much cheaper and it gives me the opportunity to create new meals for my family. When we make homemade Chinese food we always have leftovers in our house. Since meal planning is important to me I thought whilst shopping to buy Chinese Food ingredients that I would pick up some extra ingredients to make fresh spring rolls with the leftovers the next day. There are different types of spring rolls depending on what culture makes them. I’ve tried fresh spring rolls from our friends who are Filipino as well as Indian spring rolls, Vietnamese spring rolls, Thai spring rolls and they are all delicious little bundles of love all wrapped into a two-bite snack. There aren’t many Asian recipes that I don’t like but I […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake

I’ve been making this easy Creamy Cauliflower Cheese Bake for years now because my mum used to make it when I was a child. I enjoyed hanging out with my father in the garage “fixing” things but I also enjoyed hanging out with me mum and cooking. I remember the smell of the house when this Cauliflower bake was in the oven. The pungent smell of the strong cheese would make your mouth water. I mean, who doesn’t like cheese right? I know some people can’t eat cheese and I would be heart-broken as cheese does make everything better. I’m not a fan of that cheese whiz stuff so I would never buy that although some people don’t mind it. Besides the cost of the cheese this is a frugal side dish but that is elegant enough to be served at a fancy gathering. Mrs. CBB believe or not has never had a Cauliflower Cheese Bake before so it was my turn to whip up another British Family Traditional recipe in our Canadian home. Technically you could substitute the cauliflower if you didn’t like it and make a cheesy broccoli bake or cheesy potato bake.  If you really want to jazz […]

Mr.CBB’s Cheesy Mashed Potato and Spiced Squash Baked Torpedoes

If you love mashed potatoes, squash or Swede or all 3 you will love this simple cheesy baked recipe. I’ve made this recipe with both the winter squash and the swede. This quick recipe is a frugal finger food that’s perfect for any type of parties such as the boys watching the NFL or any sports game, baby showers, wedding showers,  or the upcoming Holiday Season. If you have extra mashed potato after a meal hang on to it and make these torpedoes for your next party. You don’t need to spend alot of money on appetizers when you can make them in your own kitchen cheaper than pre-made products. For this recipe I prefer to make the mash ahead of time so it has ample time to cool which you need. You can’t make this with hot mash. I know it looks like a lot of work but really it’s not that bad at all it’s fairly straight-forward and simple. What I love about this recipe is that you can change-up the flavours as you like simply by adding spices to your mash mixture. You can easily add some cinnamon or nutmeg to jazz up the taste like I did […]

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 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 […]

Good Friday Meal-Lightly Fried Fish with Garlic,Lemon Butter On A Bed of Rice & Lentils- Cost $ 1.93 each

You are bustling getting everything sorted for Easter Dinner that you forget about Good Friday and the meatless meal you may have to tackle. Although our Easter Dinner in the Crock pot will be quick and simple and stay with-in budget we needed something special for Good Friday. What is Good Friday?  Good Friday is a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians reflecting on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. The Holiday is observed the Friday preceding Easter Sunday and may coincide with the Jewish Passover. You can read the entire story here. Being that the wife is Catholic they have a day of fasting on Friday meaning they eat smaller meals and no meat. I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a recipe for this Good Friday to share with the family. Even if you are not celebrating this dish is remarkable in flavour and can be eaten any time of day breakfast, lunch and dinner any time of the year. This recipe may be used with any white fish, here I chose Pollock smothered with a garlic lemon butter sauce on Basmati Rice with Red Lentils. This fish would taste great paired with a nice bottle of White Wine Gewürztraminers from Niagara Falls, Ontario. […]

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