Simple Italian Tomato Salad…Buono!

YOU CAN’T RUSH A DELICATE TOMATO SALAD TO THE DINNER TABLE   Italian tomato salad with fresh basil is a summer must-have dish for any BBQ party. You’ll have an empty dish to take home and your guests will rave about how amazing the flavours were in your tomato salad and want the simple recipe. If you’re looking for a salad alternative besides greens this simple Italian tomato salad will do the trick every time. Both my wife and I live for this salad every summer which is one of the reasons we grow so much basil in our planters. Related: Too Much Basil?- Basil Pesto Cubes Nothing beats the fresh flavours of minced garlic, fresh basil and organic tomatoes. You can 100% taste the difference when you bite into a juicy organic tomato rather than the over-grown, tasteless tomatoes you can buy at the grocery store. Even though they have organic options we both gravitate towards the home gardener who has an abundance of tomatoes like her father. Every year he plants about 100 tomato plants and thousands of organic garlic bulbs for the family. It’s a fun hobby for him since he’s retired and we all get to […]

Caprese Salad Party Dish With A Twist

EXPERIENCE THE FRESH FLAVOURS OF SUMMER IN EACH BITE   Hard-core tomato lovers will eat caprese salad for breakfast especially if they can walk out to their back garden to pick all the fresh ingredients that go into making this traditional Italian dish. What is caprese salad? The caprese salad is simple to make and was created to resemble the Italian flag, red, white and green and served as an antipasto to start a meal. You can find caprese salad on restaurant menus and pre-made at the grocery store but the best caprese salad is one that you make at home in your kitchen with the freshest of ingredients. Related: What to do when you have too much basil? A typical caprese salad recipe consists of fresh juicy organic tomatoes cut into thin slices, fresh buffalo mozzarella, tonnes of fresh basil and extra-virgin olive oil. Non-traditional caprese salad also called insalata caprese is drizzled with a balsamic reduction or a fresh lemon vinaigrette seasoned with salt and pepper. You can also add lettuce, garlic, parsley and other fresh herbs to create different variations of the caprese salad which we are doing today. Related: Caprese Salad with Balsamic Honey Reduction Let […]

Italian Roasted Red Pepper, Ham & Brie Sandwich

EASY LUNCH RECIPE: ROASTED RED PEPPER SANDWICH STUFFED WITH BRIE, HAM AND A PESTO MAYONNAISE   Forget about the boring ham and cheese or the peanut butter and jam sandwich you threw together just to get something in your gob. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous roasted red pepper sandwich. I know… doesn’t it look delicious? It was! I’m a huge sandwich lover so when my wife suggested we make a roasted red pepper sandwich stuffed with triple brie, ham and a pesto mayo I was up for her sandwich spread idea. My wife is one of those people who comes up with odd mixes of food but I always taste everything. The last sandwich I tested that she told me was amazing turned out to be peanut butter and banana with honey which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I like peanut butter but only inside cookies or other baked treats. I didn’t grow up on the stuff like she did although our son seems to love eating peanut butter by the spoonful. Luncheon meats and cheeses on the other hand, I ate plenty of so I knew I was safe with this roasted red pepper stuffed sandwich recipe […]

The Best Cream of Celery Soup (Easy and Frugal)

HOMEMADE SOUP IS NOT JUST FOR WINTER   If you love cream based soups and have extra celery kicking around the refrigerator that needs using up this cream of celery soup will wake up your taste-buds and surprise your wallet. While I was looking in the refrigerator the other day I noticed that we had celery that desperately needed using up. Although I don’t mind eating raw celery with some cream cheese or a dip of some kind I wasn’t quite sure about cooking celery. I’ve added celery to a roast dinner or into the crock-pot to add flavour to my crock-pot creations but never have I mustered up a cooked celery recipe before. In order to use an ingredient you must understand what it is first.   What is celery?   Celery (Apium graveolens) is a cultivated plant, variety in the family Apiaceae, commonly used as a vegetable. Depending on location and cultivar, either its stalks or its hypocotyl are eaten and used in cooking. In North America the dominant variety most commonly available in trade is “celery”, whose stalks are eaten raw, or as an ingredient in salads, or as a flavoring in soups, stews, and pot roasts. […]

Last-minute Chicken Corn Soup

DON’T WASTE ANY TIME…GET COOKING!   My go-to nutritious soup when I feel like an easy night of cooking has to be this Chinese inspired last-minute chicken corn soup packed full of flavour. Chicken corn soup is traditional specifically in southwest China, India and other countries where corn is a staple in many diets. Corn is also fairly inexpensive to buy and for this recipe I use one can of creamed corn. If you don’t have or can’t buy creamed corn you can simply whiz up a can of peaches and cream corn with a splash of cream and a touch of sugar. For the adventurous cook you can make your own creamed corn. Related: Homemade Creamed Corn (Martha Stewart) I’ve made many chicken noodle soup recipes over the years but as a busy mother and wife sometimes it’s nice to have a short-cut chicken noodle soup especially on a cold winter day. If you’re looking for a healthy chicken noodle soup that is packed full of flavour and loaded with sweet corn that can be made in a jiffy, this is a recipe you’ll want to tuck away. If eating out is out of the question because you’re trying […]

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Italian Meatballs

HOMEMADE SOUP NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   Move over chicken noodle soup I have a cauliflower cheese soup that will hit the spot and it’s topped with Italian meatballs. Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that are underrated and most people use it for veggies and dip but you can make so many gorgeous recipes with cauliflower. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, though they are of different cultivar groups.- Wikipedia You can buy cauliflower that is white, orange, green or purple but you’ll pay more for the unusual coloured varieties. Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, mashed, boiled, fried, steamed and baked and is low in carbohydrates which makes it perfect for low-carb diets such as the Atikins diet and is used as a substitute for potatoes and rice. I can hardly tell the difference when we make cheesy mashed cauliflower compared to mashed cheesy potatoes. Come October my soup radar starts going off especially as the nights get colder and we start to crave meals that are comforting. I happened to buy a massive cauliflower for $0.99 and needed something […]

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED THE COMFORTS OF HOME   Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is perfect for the Fall season especially if you had a garden full of tomatoes and too much basil. Nothing quite soothes the soul than a hot bowl of soup especially after the week I had to endure. I made Roasted Tomato Basil Soup because I fell ill which landed me in the hospital with stomach flu. Thankfully I was only in overnight but was told to take it easy, consume plenty of fluids and to rest. As every parent knows “Rest” just doesn’t happen, but I dutifully went to my bed for a day before thinking about getting up. I did take it easy and hubby was in the kitchen cooking and organizing the kids. Luckily, I had some freezer meals already prepped so it was just a case of defrosting and serving up. It doesn’t get any easier than that for my husband. I on the other hand was on liquids only for the first couple of days so that was clear chicken broth, Jello, sweet tea and coffee but with no milk. It really doesn’t help when you smell good food, you are hungry […]

Thai Chicken Soup

CREATING SOUPS WITH FLAVOUR   It was time for me to update our freezer inventory and I noticed we had some chicken that needed using up so I created this amazing Thai Chicken Soup. I know summer is around the corner and soup isn’t on the radar for many people but soup is not just for the winter months. We enjoy soup all year-long. If you love soup as much as my family does you will know that buying it in a can is really just for convenience. Pretty much any soup that you can find in a can can be made at home for a fraction of the cost and it freezes well. What I like about this Thai Chicken Soup that is different from a classic chicken noodle soup is the Asian flavours. If you aren’t a fan of the noodles you can leave them out and enjoy the chicken with the broth and Asian flavours on their own. If you love peanut butter, coconut, coriander, turmeric, lemon, lime, spring onions and chili peppers this Thai Chicken Soup is for you.   Meat Prices   I was on my weekly grocery shopping trip last week and I was […]

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