Crunchy baked chicken with Greek Tzatziki

JAZZ UP YOUR CHICKEN   Now that the first day of summer has rolled in BBQ parties and gatherings are in full force and so are your invites to such events. Today I’ve got this creamy Tzatziki chicken that will leave your guests wondering how in the world you gave chicken so much flavour. We have all had those days where we really can’t be bothered to cook after having a party. If you stare at the leftovers wondering what to do with them don’t fret because I’ve got some ideas for you today. If you are anything like me I always host a food party and ask my guests to bring their own bottle of alcohol (BYOB) and mix so I can focus on delicious food. It’s a great way for all of us friends to get together and keep the costs low, especially if we rotate whose house we have the next dinner gathering at. Sometimes it’s amazing the food that comes out because it generally gives us something to talk about, especially when it’s recipes we’ve never heard of. I like to be off the wall with my creativity so I tend to shake things up a […]

Olive Pita Pizza: Mushrooms, Sausage, Ricotta and Pesto

Dinner Ideas Made Simple With Pita Bread Pita bread pizza is one of our favourite pizzas to make on homemade olive pita even though every once in a while I whip up my better than take-out pizza as a splurge for the two of us. The great thing about pita bread pizzas is that it is an easy meal for one and it’s not only simple to make it’s also a healthy alternative to the traditional pizza pie. The ingredients to make your own pita bread are fairly straightforward but if you don’t fancy making your own pita bread you can purchase all sorts of flat breads and pita breads at the grocery store for about $1.00. For this recipe I used my olive pita bread recipe but I rolled it out very thin so no pocket would form. We are always looking for healthy lunch ideas and preferably a recipe that won’t take us long to make. The great thing about making the pita bread is you can freeze it and take one out a time if you like if you only want to make one serving. Cooking with kids Pita bread pizzas are becoming more popular with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mr.CBB’s Creamy Garlic Hummus

  Hummus simply means “chickpeas” in Arabic. What I have created is an easy creamy garlic hummus recipe that anyone can make in minutes in a food processor for around $1.50. While shopping the other day we noticed the cost of this frugal dip coming in at a whopping $4.50 for a 500 g tub. You can find Tahini paste down the ethnic section at your local grocery shop for around $4-6 for a large container. Although this cost seems high for the paste it will last you for many recipes. The Tahini (sesame butter) is what turns this chickpea spread into a creamy delight and makes your taste buds tingle. If you are a hummus fan you must try this easy garlic hummus recipe before heading out to the grocery store to pay premium price for something you can easily make at home.  If you are a fan of roasted garlic you could easily substitute the fresh garlic in this simple hummus recipe for roasted garlic. Sometimes I even like to toss in some fresh basil from my garden to kick it up a notch in the flavour department. Roasted Garlic- Peel your garlic to expose the outer layer skin of the individual garlic cloves. […]

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