Low Carb Bread – The Only One You Will Need (Gluten-Free)

CUE THE BUTTER AND SUGAR-FREE JAM IT SMELLS LIKE LOW CARB BREAD   You’ve finally found a bread low in carbs and you’re not sure how to make it or whether you’ve got all the ingredients. I know it can happen but it won’t with this simple no-knead, low carb bread recipe that I’m SO excited to share with everyone. Get ready to watch the butter drip from thin slices of this low carb bread toasted to perfection. We refuse to pay huge amounts of money to have low carb breads delivered via online grocery shopping from a specialty website in Canada, so we made our own for far less. Rejoice bread lovers and set aside those lettuce leaves you’ve used as low carb bread alternatives and get ready to indulge your tummy with crispy toast and butter, sandwiches of all types and even chunky croutons!   Creating a low carb bread recipe   I know it sounds daft but Mrs. CBB and I have created loaves of this low carb bread for about 3 weeks now. Although we suffered and had some fails where the bread tasted like egg or was heavy as a rock we didn’t give up […]

Mr.CBB’s Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

You heard that right, I put buttermilk in this banana bread and it’s the best banana bread ever and not because I made it, because it’s the truth. I couldn’t stop eating it and it was dessert every night after dinner until it was gone with a hot cup of tea. Making banana bread is something that comes easy for the both of us as we both had mothers who made banana bread recipes growing up. Some people call it a banana loaf others banana bread but it all tastes the same to me. My mother however didn’t add chocolate to her banana loaf so it was a real treat when my wife made her easy banana bread recipe with chocolate chips. My mother would add walnuts for texture which I don’t mind at all. I never did get my mothers secret banana loaf recipe, I only watched her make it. Now that I’ve made it several times on my own I think banana loaf really is a no fail recipe. If you’ve ever wondered how to make banana bread you will learn today how easy it is and wonder what took you so long to make it. Freezing Bananas […]

Homemade Olive Pita Bread

Making homemade olive pita bread is easier than you think and it won’t break the grocery budget. Even if you don’t like olives in your pita bread simply leave them out of the recipe. We’ve been buying pita bread lately to get away from traditional loaves of bread and it’s much more versatile for us as a couple. Although we normally buy it we wanted to try and make homemade pita bread to see if it was worth all the hoopla in the kitchen. It sure was, absolutely worth every penny and the time and effort to make it. This is now going to be a regular recipe in our home although I may modify the flour for my wife who would want a whole wheat pita. You can flavour your pita bread with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, chives and parsley. You really can add any spices you like to this pita bread recipe to make it your own custom bread. For this recipe I used a white all-purpose flour although you don’t have to stick with white flour as there are other options. If you love pita bread and you can’t have white pita you can easily make a whole wheat […]

Italian Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding

Today Nicola our resident Brit chef at heart brings a classic British Bread and Pudding dessert to a whole other level using an Italian Panettone cake. This is one recipe I can’t wait to try, the British meet the Italians for dessert. I would have never thought to make a bread and butter pudding with Pannetone but if you know Nicola she is always whipping something unusual but delicious up in the kitchen for her friends and family. I once made an Italian French Toast using the Panettone which is just another way to switch things ups using different ingredients in your kitchen. This is just one of those oven dishes that you know you are going to love just by looking at the pictures. Nicola spares no detail when it comes to this pudding and wants you all to try it in your own home. She also gives us the “Budget Breakdown” and clearly you can see this frugal dessert won’t cost you lots of money to make. This pudding just melts in your mouth with the pairing of  lemon and orange flavours of the Panettone bread. Served hot with a touch of cream it would satisfy anybody’s sweet tooth in a second. It’s a […]

Saturday Weekend Review #14- Credit Card Surcharges, Would You Pay Them?

  Paying to use our credit card each time we swiped it would certainly make the choice of not using it easy for us. A recent conversation with a local pizzeria owner we frequent shared with us that it does cost him money when customers use a credit card. If we ever order a pizza now we pay in cash because we kinda feel bad about it, but not sure if he meant to make us feel that way or we feel sorry for him. He does make a good pizza for a reasonable price though. Canadian businesses are charged fees from 1.5 to more than 3%  of each purchase put on a MasterCard and Visa credit card. Best of it is, if you are using a premium credit card merchants have to pay more. The transaction charges imposed are per the anti-competitive rules set out by the competition bureau of Canada. Would you not say that this is just part of the cost of doing business?  We have seen signs at shops that say “Cash Only” or “Debit and Credit Card Machine” down in our days but tend to stay away. In Canada merchants can ask the customer to pay a surcharge […]

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 […]

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The Grocery Game Challenge July 16-22,2012 Freshness!

I don’t know about you but cooking hasn’t been at the top of our list in our house the past week. It’s been so hot and humid outside that we really wanted to eat simple without using the stove, oven or crock pot. This is the part of the year where the bbq is my best friend. We even use the side burner to sauté or fry whatever we need to. One day we would love to have an outdoor kitchen but not likely in Ontario although the brick oven is an option. This week was supposed to be our no-shop week as we only have $46.42 left in the budget for the month but… that didn’t happen. We needed more vegetables and bread and with the prices of vegetables so low now it makes sense to load up. We’ve made Mr.CBB’s Garlic humus and dipping veg in for a healthy snack so we’ve eaten more than usual. Since we aren’t cooking as much we are eating salad pretty much 7 days a week with a BBQ’d protein,cous-cous, sandwiches, boiled eggs or tuna. Here are your coupon match-ups for the week July 13-19. Total to Spend left in monthly budget $46.42 Zehrs 1x Bread […]

Cranberry Orange Bread in a Bundt Pan- Cost $5

While searching Facebook I came across this recipe on the Quaker Canada Facebook page and wanted to give it a go. We have this huge bag of Whole Wheat Flour in the basement that needed to get used up. I made a couple of adjustments to the recipe as we baked it in a bundt pan instead of the loaf pan. I also tossed in a half cup of chocolate chips (cause I’m sneaky that way) but that is optional. The bread we made in the bundt pan baked for 40 mins at 350 degrees. In the end the bread is simply amazing, get ready for your home to smell of oranges in every room. It sends a warm feeling down your spine when the aroma engulfs you. I estimated this bread cost us around $5.00 to make and will serve 12 people. Thanks Quaker Canada for an easy, yummy recipe! Changes to the original recipe I made as we baked it in the bundt pan. Everything else in the recipe we followed exactly. I adjusted All Purpose Flour to I cup I added 1/2 cup chocolate chips I adjusted the milk to  1 1/4 cup of milk I adjusted the […]

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