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…

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…

Bean Enchiladas

I’ve been in a right tizzy today. Although I’ve only been at work this morning, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken catching up. I’ve also been trying to do some research into a change of career. All pie in the sky at the moment but we’ll see. My husband was going to 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,…

Slow Cooked Ginger Glazed Gammon.

First of all I’d like to apologise for the dreadful photography in this post. I’ve not had time to take any photos today. I’ve had a busy day catching up on jobs and also it has been the only day where I could spend it with my children. My son wasn’t working and it is…

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…

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…

Walnut, Gorgonzola and Pancetta Fusilli.

My family and I love travelling (money and time permitting, of course). So when Ingham Lakes and Mountains asked me if I would like to create a recipe inspired by one of their holiday destinations for their #InghamsFoodieFinds campaign, I jumped at the chance. Nearly five years ago Mr SmartCookieSam took me to Italy for my…

Christmas Baking 2013.

It’s been a busy few weeks leading up to Christmas.  Even though sometimes you feel as if you’re meeting yourself coming backwards and life is a whirlwind, I do love all the exciting lead up and all the baking I do.  I’ve put my Sam’s Smart Cookies and Cupcakes business on hold for the moment…