Fresh Cherry Tomato Soup + Double Brie Grilled Cheese

SAY GOOD-BYE TO THE CAN And Hello To Homemade Soup   Cherry Tomato Soup with Double Brie Grilled Cheese doesn’t get any better sounding and tastes as good as the photo suggests. Ooey, gooey cheesy goodness wrapped around organic cherry tomato soup with fresh garlic, chives, green pepper, cabbage and a secret ingredient. As the weather turns from hot and sticky to brisk and cold a piping hot pot of soup will always take the chill away. There’s something about soup that makes people smile especially when it is homemade. Although we like using the crock-pot to make homemade soup sometimes it’s faster to use the stove-top which is how this cherry tomato soup went down.   Organic Garden Harvest   You may or may not know from recent blog posts that we’ve dealt with a family emergency which left us to tend to a large garden that was ready to be harvested. It was shocking to see just how many tomatoes were ready to eat and how many had fallen. Related: Types of Cherry Tomatoes in Ontario Not only tomatoes either. A bounty of zucchini, eggplant, figs, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, yellow cherry tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, beans, Brussel […]

One-Pot Meal: Courgette and Tomato Goulash

FILL THOSE HUNGRY BELLIES WITH THIS INEXPENSIVE ONE-POT MEAL.   It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba,Canada the last couple of days. I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes. Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash. Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily. This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator that look like they could use some love.   What are Courgettes?   I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.   Photo Source: Rik Schuiling / TropCrop-TCS – Own work I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack. Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green then they do the […]

Gorgeous Asparagus Salad with Greek Feta Cheese (Low-Carb)

ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO YOUR SPRING AND SUMMER SIDE-DISHES   A vibrant green fresh asparagus salad with sweet red peppers and Greek feta cheese dressed with an apple cider vinaigrette will wow you and your guests. The best part is that the asparagus salad is low carb and easy as pie to make. Well, easier than pie I should say. When you are hosting a party this Spring or Summer take advantage of fresh asparagus that are in abundance and fairly inexpensive to purchase. Since asparagus is stocked at the grocery stores keep an eye out on the reduced rack as you may get lucky and score a great deal on seconds.   Foraging for Asparagus   Around May, June and into July asparagus are in season in Ontario and you can find asparagus growing in many ditches along country roads where vegetable farms reside. This is the time you may find foragers out and about with their bags and a sharp knife scooping up their free produce. We’ve done this many times in the past with the family and it was quite fun. My father-in-law is a master forage ranger as he started with his parents back […]

Creamy Radish Soup With Melted Mozzarella

MOVE OVER AND MAKE SPACE CAULIFLOWER BECAUSE RADISHES ARE THE NEW POTATO OF CHOICE FOR LOW CARB FOODIES.   Yes you read that right, Creamy Radish Soup with melted gooey mozzarella and loaded with triple brie and cream cheese. Very cheesy and the perfect low carb soup for breakfast, lunch or dinner. As you can see radish soup takes on a light pink colour and packed full of heart-warming nutrients. If you don’t care for the strong taste of raw radishes but love potatoes I assure you that you’ll love radish soup. Radishes are a root vegetable after all. Before radish soup came into our lives as what started as a laughable idea we only ate them raw or baked with bacon fat, which is delish by the way! We’ve also tossed whole red radishes into pasta sauce, chili or other recipes that typically would contain potatoes. Since Mrs. CBB doesn’t eat potatoes radishes became her new potato of choice. You can even make mashed radishes as you can mashed cauliflower and they both taste like mashed potatoes. Lots of mashing going on! I did not believe Mrs. CBB that radishes tasted like potatoes once roasted as they have a […]

Cream of Asparagus Soup with Asiago Cheese (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)

MAKING A POT OF HOMEMADE ASPARAGUS SOUP DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER.   Although we enjoy broth and tomato based soups another famous soup we make in the CBB kitchen is our Cream of Asparagus Soup. Not only is it low-carb and gluten-free it’s extremely easy to make, budget-friendly and brings home the flavours of Ontario produce when available. During early-mid June if you love to forage you can find wild organic asparagus growing in ditches around farmers fields preferably that grow and sell asparagus. Mrs. CBB grew up with her dad who loves to forage still to this day. Over the years since she was a small child she’s foraged for wild asparagus, wild mushrooms, wild berries and plenty of other free wild edibles. I’ve been introduced to the foraging life quite a few times and it’s amazing what grows and is hidden in the forests, ditches and tall grasses. I won’t get into the specifics of wild asparagus picking but Mrs. CBB found Crystal over at Whole Fed Homestead who offers a detailed blog post about How To Hunt and Forage for Asparagus. Mrs. CBB says that reading her post brings back lots of memories because this was exactly […]

Amazing Creamy Potato Leek Soup

WARM UP TO A BOWL OF CREAMY POTATO AND LEEK SOUP TODAY.   Imagine a hot bowl of Creamy Potato Leek Soup and bacon with slices of homemade fresh bread slathered in butter for afternoon lunch or evening tea. You can stop imagining now because I have that recipe for you today which my family loves so I made a big pot earlier this week. This creamy potato leek soup recipe will keep you coming back for more until your tummy has had enough. You know that feeling when you’re satisfied and you have a great big smile on your face. This is what I get when I enjoy homemade soup. It’s hard to compare any homemade soup to a can of soup which is why I always try to make 2 large pots of soup to eat and freeze for another day. Most often I just double a recipe which makes cleanup easier too. Having done my meal planning for the next couple of weeks I decided to go with leeks in my vegetable shopping.  We love vegetables and what ever is available at a price that is reasonable is good. Now you all know me by now to […]

Cauliflower Tomato Soup with Crunchy Bacon (Low Carb)

A RICH TOMATO SOUP THAT IS FULL OF NUTRIENTS AND EASY ON THE BUDGET   During the weeknight when you want a fresh pot of homemade soup this a rich cauliflower tomato soup recipe which you can prepare in under an hour. Ideally if you have a crock-pot you could simmer this cauliflower tomato soup on low while you are gone to work or running errands. When you come home all you need to do is grab a bowl and spoon and your appetite. I’m always looking for ways to jazz up a tomato soup recipe to add variety especially since our father-in-law provides us with jars of fresh canned tomatoes from his garden. You can certainly taste the difference in a fresh tomato soup recipe when using organic tomatoes however it’s not necessary as I know not everyone has access to organic produce and it can be costly. Alternatively check the reduced rack at the grocery store which is great for tomatoes you can use up quickly or for special deals of the week. For this recipe using a jar of tomato marinara or strained crushed tomatoes also known in Italian as, “Passata Di Pomodoro” which you can find […]

Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad with a Buttery Hot Apple-Cider Vinaigrette

There are recipes with cauliflower but not like this Warm Cauliflower Bacon Salad topped with a luscious buttery hot apple cider vinaigrette. This cauliflower salad IS the best cauliflower salad recipe for the upcoming seasons and we’re sharing the recipe with you today. This warm cauliflower salad is so good that my wife ate the entire dish before touching her meal. She said it was just so hard to stop eating it because the cauliflower and bacon pair up so nice together. It’s true.   Finally cauliflower is reasonably priced.   Cauliflower has dropped in price from $8.00 a head to $0.88 on sale at grocery stores and farmers markets across Canada. The winter will bring a spike in price for cauliflower and other imported vegetables because of the Ontario climate but don’t be afraid to add it to your grocery list. Cauliflower is very nutritious. This cauliflower bacon salad is perfect for Autumn and Winter or even serve it at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner as a side-dish. My wife enjoys a low-carb lifestyle which means our son and I also enjoy the odd recipes with her because they are that delicious. I’m not a huge fan of raw cauliflower […]

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