Marbled Mocha Muffins #MuffinMonday

I love baking muffins as they’re so quick and easy to throw together and stick in the oven. Though these are really more like cupcakes as I used butter in them. A quick and easy all in one sponge mix with butter, caster sugar, self raising flour and free range eggs to start with. Then…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…