Category: Snack

Grilled Cheese (photo R Marinho)

Grilled Cheese – Raphael’s Midnight Snack


Grilled Cheese (photo R Marinho)
Grilled Cheese with Chocolate Milk (photo R Marinho)


Grilled Cheese

Two slices of your favouite bread
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 slice of honey ham
1 slice of havarti cheese
1 slice of cheddar cheese

Toast your bread in a toaster until almost golden brown.
While hot, smear butter on all sides of toast.
Add havarti to one slice and cheddar on the other.
Put ham so that cheese is sandwiching it.
Put sandwich in a hot pan and squish down with your spatula.
Flip to other side when it becomes brown and cheese is starting to melt.

Enjoy like Raphael does with a glass of chocolate milk (soy).

Notes and Tips: Use your favourite bread, cheese and type of meat.

Cheese & Crackers (photo R Marinho)

Crackers and Cheese – My 2nd Favourite Snack

Cheese & Crackers (photo R Marinho)
Cheese & Crackers (photo R Marinho)

This is my second favourite snack and very cheap, low fat and easy.

1 apple – I like Fuji
2 Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges
10 rice crackers

Cut apples into thin slices.
Smear cheese over crackers.
When eating, add apple slices so you have cracker, cheese and apple in each bite.
Serve with OJ or the drink of your choice.

See I told you it was easy.

PS: Stay tuned for my 1st favourite snack.
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Banana Bread (photo R Marinho)

Mom’s/Mae’s Banana Bread

Banana Bread (photo R Marinho)
Banana Bread (photo R Marinho)

This past Sunday we had a devotional gathering at our house because as a Baha’i, we wanted to meet people by saying prayers, poems and writings together. The plan was to go to brunch after but I wanted to make sure everyone had a little something in their tummies before we started the devotional part.

Raph had been asking for banana bread a few weeks now so I thought this would be a great opportunity. When we got married my mom bought me a KitchenAid Mixer and it really is the best thing for quick and easy muffins, cakes, doughs, and of course banana breads. The key to Banana bread and other like batters, is not to over mix or it will become very dense.

So this recipe is called Mom’s/Mae’s Banana Bread because it’s an amalgamation of my mom’s recipe and Raph’s mom’s recipe. My mom always put chocolate chips and Raphael’s mom always put Brazil nuts and a cinnamon/brown sugar topping on hers.

So this is what I came up with. It’s really yummy, just ask the 20 people who were at our house on Sunday morning.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 4-5 overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup chopped brazil nuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks

Sugar and Cinnamon topping

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix all dry ingredients (from flour to cinnamon) together.
In another bowl combine all other ingredients.
Mix dry ingredients with banana mixture until everything is combined.
Pour batter into a sprayed or buttered bundt or loaf pan.

Combine sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350° for about 45 mins or until you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Notes and Tips: I like the bundt pan best because that’s how my mother in law made it, the bread cooks faster and more evenly, and the pieces are smaller.
Notes and Tips:
You can make this recipe lower fat by using the following recipe:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 4-5 overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup chopped brazil nuts
  • ½ cup flax seed

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Bocconcini (photo: R Marinho)


Bocconcini (photo: R Marinho)
Caprese (photo: R Marinho)

So Raphael wanted a snack but I had renovated my kitchen with the help of Just DIY Decor to the extent of what he calls “Loco Cleaning”. So I really didn’t want to turn on the stove or the oven; nor did I want to make too many dishes dirty. You know when you have just started the dishwasher and the last thing you want to do is make a dish dirty? Anyways, so I saw that I had the ingredients for caprese. The best caprese we’ve had was in Italy this past May. Super simple, fresh, local, cheap and delicious – a great appetizer too! Anyways this is what you need:

Serves one

  • 1 large tomato
 or 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 large basil leaves
  • 6 slices of bocconcini or buffalo mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon of good extra virgin olive oil
  • Course sea salt
  • Pepper

Notes and Tips: You can also spice up his recipe by adding any or all of the following:

  • 1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • Marinated bocconcini
  • 6 olives
  • 6 slices of grilled egg plant

Notes and Tips: When buying good balsamic vinegar look to make sure it doesn’t have any caramel in it. I learned this from an old Italian lady in Florence.

Notes and Tips: You can take these exact ingredients, put them on top of pita bread or pizza dough and stick it in the oven for a yummy quick pizza.