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 […]

Scotch Broth with root vegetables and beef

SOUP WARMS THE SOUL   If you’ve never heard of Scotch broth I can guarantee that you’ll want to make this delicious hearty broth based soup for dinner by the time you’re done reading this tummy-warming recipe. After a really cold week and it’s still not much better soup is on the menu for many of us in Canada. Mr. CBB asked a question the other evening on the “What’s For Dinner” post on Facebook -What is your favourite soup? I didn’t have to think long about that and decided to make it for all of you so I could show you rather than just tell you. Last week Mr.CBB shared his Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Soup with tomato and fennel so today I’m sharing a classic soup that I enjoy making in our home. Hands down my all time favourite is my mums Scotch broth soup which our entire family devoured. My mum would make Scotch broth every Saturday evening to enjoy on Sunday along with fresh homemade bread slathered in butter. This Scotch broth is so versatile that she could stretch it out to do us until Wednesday the following week. If you are looking for a frugal meal […]

Fire-Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Tomato and Fennel

40-MINUTES AND SOUP IS ON THE TABLE   I’ve always been a huge fan of roasted red peppers especially with hot homemade bread slathered with butter. I’m also a huge lover of soup so I thought why not combine the two with tomatoes and fennel to create this hearty Roasted Red Pepper soup with tomato and fennel. It’s after the snow starts to fall that we get into that ‘warm me up mode’ and have soup on the brain. My favourite soup is a bean-filled tomato minestrone but I also love simple broth soups or quick and easy soup like this roasted red pepper soup. Two summers ago we used to grow peppers in our back yard but we have since gotten away from growing vegetables in the garden for now because baby and renovations have taken too much of our time. Our garden is however filled with herbs which we love to grow especially basil to pair with all the fresh vegetables that our relatives with massive gardens give us. I also make fresh basil pesto cubes and freeze them for times like today when I’m making a pot of soup and I want to jazz up the flavour. […]