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…

Half Term Baking

It feels like an eternity since I last updated my blog. I was working in a long term and full time post last half term. Baking, let alone any blogging was the last thing on my mind. The last few weeks have been extremely stressful. Even though baking helps me to relax and unwind, I…

The Great British Bake Off Christmas- Coconut Traybake.

 I’ve been testing a few recipes out of a favourite book of mine this month: The Great British Bake Off Christmas.  There’s been loads of different things to choose from and we’re not just limited to cakes and biscuits here.   I was tempted to have a go at Cathryn Dresser’s own recipe featured in…

My Favourite Cookies.

Well hello everyone!  I’m back on my blogging after a break.  I’ve been teaching full time and there’s been no time at all to get jobs done at home, let alone having time to bake.  I really missed baking though, as that’s definitely my chill out and relax go-to activity. I broke up for the…

Carrot and Apple Cake with a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

You can’t beat a good carrot cake can you? Well maybe there are lots of other favourite cakes out there but I can’t resist carrot cake.  I’ve baked lots of them over the years and tried different recipes. I’ve been enjoying testing out a few recipes from Lorraine Pascale’s new book “Bake” recently.  Our neighbouring…

Portuguese Pork and Rice- Mary Berry Everyday.

Those of you who are parents will know how frustrating and irritating it is when you try your hardest to cook interesting and delicious meals for your family.  Only for them to turn their noses up at something they haven’t even tried yet. Mr SmartCookieSam is the same as he has definite likes and dislikes….

Curried Beef Samosas

As soon as I got my hands on a copy of Mary Berry’s latest recipe book “Everyday” I wanted to test out loads of the recipes.  Of course being a baking addict I always go straight to the cake recipes in her books but it was actually a savoury recipe I made first. Last weekend…