Flamiche (Roquefort and Leek Pie)

December was a funny old month for me and it seemed to take ages to get to Christmas. All that build up and then bang, it’s here! The first week of December was fine, then I went down with the flu which wiped me out for two weeks. I didn’t feel like doing anything. I…

SmartCookieSam is Back!

It’s been a few months dear readers as I mentioned in my previous posts. But I haven’t missed out on baking, just been too pre-occupied to write my blog. I have really enjoyed what I did bake, though and thought I’d share what I’d made over the past few months. I think the piece de…

Introduction to Confectionery and Patisserie Course

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers! It’s been a good few months since I’ve managed to get on the laptop and create some blog posts. It’s been a bit of a full year, to be honest with lots of ups and downs. At the beginning of September, after a very stressful few…

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…