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…

Turkey Burgers

I must admit I’ve never fancied turkey burgers before. The other day I was shopping in Morrisons and spotted turkey mince on special offer for only £2.00 for a 400g pack. I’ve used turkey mince for meatballs and bolognese sauces before but never attempted to make a burger with them before. My burgers can be…

Pot Roasted Beef with Roast Potatoes

I’ve had a wonderful Sunday. Very chilled and relaxing. I started off early this morning taking my son to work and came back to bacon and eggs cooked by my hubby. After that I caught up on the ironing, cleaned the bathrooms and then went off out for the afternoon with Mr SmartCookieSam. Although cold,…

Meatballs and Pasta

I’ve really enjoyed not having too much rushing around to do today. It’s been great as I haven’t fancied going out in the bitter cold. I’d rather stay at home. This morning I went to have my hair cut and as there is a lot of grey, it was a big job getting it coloured!…

Egg Fried Rice with Cheat’s Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Finally, a day off today! No dinner last night worth writing a blog post about. My dinner consisted of a cheese sandwich at 4pm on my ten minute work break. I was due to go home, feed the dog then drive all the way back to York to pick my son up from work at…

The Great British Bake Off Christmas- Beef and Beer Pie.

Friday 15th December 2017. In the run up to Christmas my head was all over the place and I was so disorganised.  I was trying to be organised but it just didn’t happen.  I planned to cook a steak and ale pie for Mr SmartCookieSam,  our son and I but I completely forgot to switch…

The Great British Bake Off Christmas- Luxury Fish Pie.

– SundayDecember10th2017. I was never really keen on fish until I met my husband. As a child I had several experiences with badly cooked fish. This was mainly from my Nana Margaret, my Dad’s mum who was a hopeless cook. I remember the time I threw up when we were on holiday in Scarborough as…

Leek and Potato Soup

I love a good bowl of soup. I don’t make it often enough and I should do.  It’s cheap to make, filling and keeps you warm on a cold day. One of my favourite soups is Leek and Potato and thankfully it’s one that the rest of my family will eat, too.  Though in the…

Tomato Provençale Tart.

The SmartCookieSam family have just come back from our summer holidays in the South of France.  It’s been 9 years since we last went to France.  We’ve always loved going there and as I speak French, it always feels like a special place to me.  Of course part of going to France is to enjoy…