Apricot and Almond Flapjacks.

Finally getting back to normality, if there is such a thing. Over the weekend I really fancied baking some flapjacks as I have loads of porridge oats in the cupboard. They are meant to be for breakfast though, Sam! But who can resist a chewy flapjack? I can’t, and unfortunately they’re a mega downfall for…

Rosemary Roasted Wedges

Well, hello everyone and I hope you’re having a great weekend. February is well underway now but I’ve not kept up with my blogging so far. I’ve had a very busy week at work and when I’ve got home I’ve been absolutely shattered. I haven’t even had the energy to do my cross stitch and…

Winter Vegetable Soup

A new month and it’s a new set of books to cook and bake from. This time I’m using my much loved Hairy Bikers and Hairy Dieters books to help us with my meal planning and baking throughout February. It will be a bit difficult towards the end of the month as I am going…

Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie has always been a favourite in our house. I can’t resist a plate of piping hot cottage pie complete with crispy bits around the edge of the dish where the potato sticks to it. Sometimes it has grated cheese on it but my cottage pies always have a dash of Worcester Sauce and…

Maraschino Cherry And Cream Cheese Brownies.

I was planning on baking some muffins at the weekend but got on Twitter and saw that last week’s theme for #TwitterBakealong was to bake some brownies with fruit in. #TwitterBakealong is great fun. You bake something connected with that week’s theme then upload a photo to Twitter along with the hashtag. The photo has…

Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara.

As I was driving home from work tonight (which thankfully took me all of 5 minutes) I was feeling shattered. I’ve been working in a local nursery today which I love but is very tiring. It was a massive struggle to get up this morning as it’s so dark. On weeknights when I’ve been at…

Soda Bread

I’m not experienced at making bread and would love to learn more. Recently I’ve come to realise that if I eat bread bought from the supermarket I feel bloated. I’m not gluten free but I feel as if there’s a lot of unnecessary additives in bread. I just wish I could bake my own all…

Sausage and Bean Casserole

I lovemaking sausage casseroles in winter, especially as you can put everything into the slow cooker and forget about it for the rest of the day. This morning I’d gone out shopping but wanted to get on with a few jobs when I got home. I wouldn’t be without my slow cooker. I thought something…

Chilli Beef Pasta Bake.

Every time I make a pasta bake for dinner, it always goes down well. This one has been no exception. From the second Eat Well For Less book, this is a perfect family meal which everyone will love. We had some minced beef lurking in the freezer from before Christmas and some penne. I always…

Suet-Free Mincemeat- How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

Until about five years ago I could never be bothered to make my own mincemeat. Why go to all that trouble when you can buy it readymade in jars? It was when my late mother in law told me that making your own mincemeat was so easy, that I thought I might as well give…

Pistachio Sablés 

    As I type it’s now a very wet and rainy September morning.  Most of the country’s children have gone back to school. I’m a supply teacher in my day job, which I love but as there’s no work around at the beginning of term I’m finally managing to catch up on my very…

Minestrone Soup

A very retro feel to my latest blog post. I remember having minestrone soup as a child though it was probably a dried packet mix or a tin of Heinz. I’d never even made it before. Soup always looked complicated to me and so much easier to just heat up a out of a tin….

Very Garlicky Hummuss

I’ve just logged onto my blog and realised I haven’t published a blog post for two months. I feel ashamed of myself but then again I’ve been busy studying for a TEFL qualification, keeping myself going in the day job and also coping with everyday life. But things have got a bit quieter now and…

Italian Galette

Last weekend I was at home alone. Mr SmartCookieSam was out at a motor racing event, my eldest is at uni and my youngest was at work. When I’m at home on my own usually I can’t be bothered to cook for myself. But I thought I’d better make the effort in case Mr SmartCookieSam…

Salmon Teriyaki with Ginger

I’m back! Been off the blogging radar for about a month as I had a procedure on my foot. I was bandaged up for a couple of weeks and found standing up for a long time difficult. I’m back to normal now, thankfully. I took some extra time off work so that I didn’t damage…

Mini Ginger Biscuits

Last weekend I wanted to test out one of the baking recipes in one of the Hairy Dieters books. In their third book: The Hairy Dieters Good Eating there is a recipe for Ginger Biscuits in the Sweet Treats chapter of the book. Now I have a terrible weakness for homemade ginger biscuits, especially ones…

Mickey Mouse Cupcakes and Cookies.

On Tuesday night I met up with a few of my friends over in Meanwood, Leeds at a fantastic new bar called Boot and Rally. We held a cake club event in the bar’s snug which was a great space with the perfect atmosphere. Since The Clandestine Cake Club folded in July last year we…