Popcorn Candy Crackle… with 3 ingredients!

AFFORDABLE SNACK TIME   I don’t know many people who don’t fancy popcorn or the smell that overwhelms the house when it’s popping in all it’s glory. Popcorn is a low-fat snack that is also low in calories when air-popped without all the creamy butter and a great way to satisfy when the crunch monster appears. Let’s face it though, plain popcorn is boring. For most of us our first memories of popcorn stems from the movie theatre or while watching a movie at home. Many of you might even remember Jiffy Pop. It’s almost a must-have for movie fans to buy a bag of movie theatre popcorn even though we know how expensive it can be. If you don’t go to the movies and opt to watch movies at home making popcorn is a cheap snack that won’t break the bank. My kids are huge fans of popcorn especially buttered microwave popcorn. If you don’t like the convenience of putting popcorn bags in the microwave you can still do it the old-fashioned way in a pot or the safer Jiffy pop way. I think for most households the popcorn bag is the easiest way to go for home popcorn […]

Savoury Cheese Straws

CHEESY APPETIZER YOU CAN DIP   Since the holidays are around the corner I’m sticking to easy on the wallet appetizers like my buttery, flakey, savoury cheese straws. All that rolled into one delicious snack food. These melt in your mouth cheese straws will be a hit at any party or even better if you want to enjoy them on your own. The best part is that you can make these cheese straws ahead of time so that you are not hunting last-minute when company shows up unexpectedly at your door. (we all know that happens over the holidays) I like to keep the homemade theme in my family as much as possible. Not only are you paying premium for convenience foods but you are missing out on creating traditions for your family. I find store-bought baked goods have so many ingredients that you don’t want or you can’t pronounce. I prefer to be able to tell everybody exactly what ingredients goes into my recipes and most times people say, “Is that all?”.   Types of Cheese Straws   There are many variations of these delicious cheese straws because you can flavour them up so many ways starting with different […]

British Sausage Rolls

ROLL EM UP AND ENJOY!   There’s nothing more comforting than the British classic sausage rolls. These sausage rolls are so easy to make you won’t ever want to spend money in your grocery budget on over-priced frozen store-bought finger food again. This sausage rolls recipe always takes me back to the time of year where they are a staple at almost all parties and social gatherings in our family. Now that the Christmas holiday is right around the corner it’s crucial that I plan my grocery shops to include all of the staples to make my treats and appetizers. Our house is always busy at Christmas and New Year’s as I’m sure it is for most families and everyone has come to expect my decadent treats as well as my savory appetizers like these sausage rolls. It’s important for me to create lots of finger food recipes so there is always something ready for our guests to munch on. This time of year we always have guests coming and going, mum making her Christmas cakes, milk toffee and mincemeat pies. There’s never a dull moment in our household.   Sausage Rolls   Memories of gorgeous sausage rolls that are […]

Mr.CBB’s British SpudNuts a.k.a Zeppole Potato Donuts

Ring in 2013 New Year’s with a sweet or savoury Italian potato donut also called zeppole. Zeppole in Italy is a traditional fare that is served on Saint Joseph Day March 19 and during the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. Last week when I posted my Thai Fish Cakes recipe which is also a great New Year’s finger food I mentioned our mates Marco and Christina and their famous Italian recipe for savoury potato donuts. Being British and all I joke around and call them spudnuts donuts just because that’s what we call potatoes in the UK. I turned their zeppole donut into my Zeppole Spudnut based around the same concept adding my own flavours. Since moving to Canada and being exposed to Tim Horton’s and the famous Boston Cream donut I always wondered; how do I make donuts? It can’t really be that difficult and with the myriad of donut flavours available you can’t go wrong with a homemade donut recipe. From what I understand there are 2 types of donuts a cake donut and a yeast donut but heck I’m not a donut connoisseur. Is a donut a cake? Well when you bite into a Boston Cream Donut for example that is a yeast […]

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