Fondant Fancies- Iced Sponge Cakes

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  FANCY UP ANY HOLIDAY OR SPECIAL OCCASION   This year for Christmas and New Years I wanted to make a few fancier smaller cakes so I decided to make Fondant Fancies. Fondant Fancies are individual sponge cakes also known as French Fancies back in the UK and Ireland where they were introduced in 1967 under the name Mr. Kipling. Mr Kipling is a brand of cakes, pies and baked goods marketed in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was introduced in May 1967 (at a time when cakes were more often bought from local bakers), to sell cakes of a local baker’s standard to supermarkets, and grew to become the United Kingdom’s largest cake manufacturer by 1976- WIkipedia Related: Nicola’s Cinnamon Meringue Petit Fours These fondant fancies are small bite size sponge cakes that have marzipan on the top then covered in fondant icing. You can also drizzle icing designs on top of your fondant fancies to help distinguish what type of cake it is or what is inside the layered sponge cake. The great thing about the Fondant Fancies are that they are bite-size and you can be as creative as you’d like with them for any occasion. […]

Nuts and Bolts Recipe

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THE PERFECT SNACK AND HOMEMADE GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS   If you’ve thought about making a homemade Nuts and Bolts Recipe for the holidays also known as a “cereal snack mix” check this easy recipe out. Last week this gorgeous Nuts and Bolts photo showed up on my What’s For Dinner post on Facebook and I knew I wanted to share it on the blog with all of you. My wife has asked me for years to create my own Nuts and Bolts Recipe but I’ve always put it last on the baking list. I’ve had many different versions of the Nuts and Bolts Recipe over the years but mainly around the holidays. The salty flavour of the Nuts and Bolts pairs perfectly with a lovely holiday beverage. I still prefer a cold beer. Some people also put chocolate in their Nuts and Bolts Recipe once cooled down to add a sweet element to this popular snack. Others eliminate the nuts like this recipe has which also keeps the costs down. If there is someone who cannot eat nuts this snack may work well for them. When my wife was younger she remembers a best friend of hers whose mother […]

Quick Apple Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins

QUICK APPLE CINNAMON CHICKEN RICE WITH RAISINS

AN EASY SIDE-DISH READY IN MINUTES   These days time runs short in our family so making quick meals are a priority which means I often find ways to speed things up a notch. The other day we created a Crock-pot Mexican Chicken with Vegetables (coming soon to the blog) and this Apple-Cinnamon Chicken Rice with Raisins as a side-dish.   Both recipes are simple to make with easy clean-up to follow   We aren’t fans of buying quick cooking rice in boxes or packets so I thought I would try cooking my chicken rice dish right in the rice cooker to see what would happen. Voila, it turned out fluffy and perfect! Over the years I’ve always added different oils and herbs to the rice cooker with success so I did that for this chicken rice recipe but then added a few more spices that I haven’t tried before. I always start by soaking and then rinsing the rice in luke-warm water to get some of the starch off and then add it to the rice cooker. I cover the rice with cold water in equal amounts to the rice then add turmeric, cinnamon, onion powder, 1/3 cup chopped […]

Cauliflower Cheese Soup with Italian Meatballs

CREAMY 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 […]

Sweet Peach Crumble Bars

SWEET PEACH CRUMBLE BARS

FRESH PEACHES NEVER TASTED SO GOOD   If you love peach desserts with fresh peaches I’ve created these gorgeous, sweet peach crumble bars for you that will take your mind off of anything that is bothering you while you sink your teeth into one of them. Although these peach crumble bars are perfect as a fall or winter treat they will also make a great peach dessert for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. What I like about having easy desserts in my recipe repertoire is that I can turn to them in an instant to create something that tastes like a bakery made it. I’m a big fan of bar recipes because they are easy to eat and transport as a snack for work or for those who go to school. My coconut cherry pie bars are one of my favourite but I am also passionate about these peach crumble bars that are sweet and hit the spot.   Peach Varieties   In Ontario we are lucky to have delicious home-grown peaches in many varieties and produce 82% of the national production according to Ontariotenderfruit.ca where you can learn all about Ontario fruits including availability, storage and handling and some […]

Should I Spend $35,000 to Renovate My House or Move? : The Saturday Weekend Review #146

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HOME OWNERSHIP ISSUES   How much does it cost to renovate a house? Well, to renovate anything to do with your house can cost as little or as much as you’re prepared to spend. With everything on the market these days there are high-end products and for those who don’t wish to spend too much money you can be frugal and spend less on lower-budget fixes. With each of the above your choices can make or break the sale of your home depending on what you choose to renovate and how much money you put into the renovation itself. When I say make or break I mean how much money you’ll get for what you put into the house or for what it’s worth. A friend of mine who is single bought a 25-year-old starter home a little over 5 years ago in a great area of town. His house is around 2000sq feet with a fully finished basement that needs updating. Other areas of the house he wishes to renovate are both the full-bathrooms and the kitchen. The roof and windows have already been replaced since he purchased the home. The most common areas of a house to renovate […]

The Best Pumpkin Brownies with Chocolate Icing

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PUMPKIN LIKE YOU’VE NEVER EATEN IT BEFORE   I know you are probably sick of seeing pumpkin recipes BUT you MUST check out these pumpkin brownies if you are a brownie lover. I promise this will be the last pumpkin recipe for the season as we move over to festive treats, meals and side-dishes for the holidays. It’s no secret that I am passionate about brownies since I talk about them often since I created my signature fudgy brownie back in 2012. The best part about these pumpkin brownies though is that if I didn’t add pumpkin spices then you would have no idea about the pumpkin puree. This is a great way to sneak in some pumpkin nutrition to your diet. A bit of healthy works for me in a dessert of any kind. Since I’ve played with pumpkin in the kitchen these past few weeks I had some pumpkin puree left in the refrigerator that I didn’t want to waste. I was thinking about what I wanted to make and I remembered a CBB fan telling me that she makes zucchini brownies. From that moment these pumpkin brownies were created. I wanted my pumpkin brownies to have the […]

Eggplant Meatballs

EGGPLANT MEATBALLS

A TASTE OF ITALY   If you are Italian your parents may have or still do make Eggplant Meatballs also known as “Polpette di Melanzane) which are delicious on their own or dipped in a marinara sauce. Today I’m sharing my version of this classic Italian recipe but I actually have meat in my eggplant meatballs. If you don’t fancy the meat in my version don’t run away just yet as you can simply eliminate it. Combine all the other ingredients the same way adding breadcrumbs as needed until the mix comes together. If you eliminate the mince pork and beef you’ve made the Italian Polpette di Melanzane which is a great vegetarian dish. We were given eggplants from my wife’s parents who tend to have legions every gardening season because my father-in-law who is retired loves to grow just about anything in abundance. I think eggplant must grow like weeds because we end up with quite a few in our summer box from them every year. In the past I’ve made cheesy eggplant lasagna which is amazing as well we enjoy eggplant parmigiano but I wanted to try something different. I considered making eggplant parmigiano pizza which I saw […]

Pumpkin Biscotti with Pumpkin Spice Icing

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THE PUMPKIN SCONE SWITCH-UP Last Sunday I shared my Pumpkin Scone with Pumpkin Spice Icing recipe on the blog and the moment I bit into it I knew I could change-up the recipe and make Pumpkin Spice Biscotti. I love when recipes can double-up, which means you can create two different recipes at the same time. This is always handy when you have a bake sale to bake for or you are having a party or lots of guests over to the house. My wife adores biscotti because of the crunchy texture especially with a hot cup of strong coffee or mug of tea. The last batch of biscotti I made was Nicola’s lemon biscotti because my wife wanted me to try her recipe. She was more than thrilled that I was finally making pumpkin biscotti and when they were done she gave me the thumbs up which made me proud. I never know how a recipe will turn out but this one I was quite confident that it would be a success. I’ve made biscotti recipes many times but I’ve never created one from a scone recipe before.   Making Pumpkin Biscotti   If you’ve already make my pumpkin […]

Should the wealthier sibling have a financial obligation to help the parents? : The Saturday Weekend Review #143

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EMOTIONAL BULLYING CAN LEAVE SCARS   Dealing with financial obligation is a big deal for just about everyone because without money it’s hard to pay for all those things you have budgeted. When you have kids you have a financial obligation to care for them and make sure they are kept safe. Nowhere do I ever remember reading that we have a financial obligation to care for our siblings and parents “wants” just because we earn more money than they do. I received an email from a fan who is clearly upset about the way his brother is treating him and hopes that maybe we can all shed some light on the definition of financial obligation surrounding family and who should pay for what or if anything at all.   Family financial obligation dilemma   Hi Mr.CBB, I’m hoping you can clear up an argument my brother and I are having about our parents. Our parents are not wealthy and when they retire they will have some retirement savings and their house to sell so they can downsize so they can afford to live. The problem is they always need something done around the house whether it’s the roof or […]

Amazing Pumpkin Scones With Pumpkin Spice Icing

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THIS IS WHAT YOU DO WITH PUMPKIN PUREE   As soon as October hits all we see is pumpkin this, that and everything else in our social media feeds. Well I’m sharing with you these moist Pumpkin Scones because you WILL Love them, especially if you are a Fall pumpkin fanatic like I am. I heard Starbucks has a pretty amazing pumpkin scone and judging by the amount of people who loved my Starbucks-like lemon loaf you can trust me that this pumpkin scone is just as amazing. I know I’m tooting my horn but they are that good. Growing up in the UK we had scones (also known as tea biscuits) quite often because they are so easy to make and you can flavour them with just about anything you like. My mum made scones at least once a week and the basic scone recipe is probably one of the first she ever taught me. While out with a colleague at a local coffee shop that sells top of the line bakery items I purchased a coffee and one of their pumpkin scones. I truly was in another place when I was eating that pumpkin scone and I knew […]

Homemade Sweet Corn Relish

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HOMEMADE AND FRESH IS BEST!   Making homemade sweet corn takes no time at all and the best part is that you always have a little bit of summer in a jar. Fall is finally in full swing which means the leaves are turning beautiful colours and sweaters, jackets and hats have come out of storage. The Fall season also means that the harvest has blossomed full force for everyone looking to enjoy the hearty crops. The fields around the house are a buzz with the combines taking in the corn crops and plowing for next years season. What vegetables are harvested in the Fall? Most vegetables that harvested in the Fall are vegetables such as Cauliflower, Rutabaga (Swede), Potatoes, Beets, Assorted Squash including Pumpkins, Plums, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Garlic, Peaches, Plums, Eggplant (Aubergine), Beans, Apples, Celery and so on. Knowing what fruits and vegetables to buy in-season and planning your meals around them will save you money in your grocery budget. My boys are nearing the end of football and looking forward to the playoffs which means more time for me in the kitchen. Having more time at home in the kitchen gives me the opportunity to finish up […]