Raspberry and Almond Porridge

I’m hopeless at getting up when it’s still dark. These winter mornings just make me want to curl up and hibernate. I’m definitely a Spring and Summer person. This morning I set my alarm for 6.00am but I finally crawled out of bed at 6.30. It was pitch black outside and I just wanted to…

Salmon, Pea and Broccoli Frittata

It’s been one of those days where everyone was working late. Usually the first person home gets the dinner started. Tonight that didn’t happen. I finished work at 6.00pm and had a 40 minute drive home round the heavily congested York ring road. I phoned my husband as I left work to find he was…

Puff Pastry Pesto Pizza Slices

Tonight’s offering chez SmartCookieSam was meant to be a filo pastry topped chicken pie. Only the chicken I’d got out of the freezer was still frozen solid in the middle. That’s tomorrow night sorted, then. I had to think of something else instead. It had to be a quick trip down to the local petrol…

Lighter Spaghetti Carbonara.

As I was driving home from work tonight (which thankfully took me all of 5 minutes) I was feeling shattered. I’ve been working in a local nursery today which I love but is very tiring. It was a massive struggle to get up this morning as it’s so dark. On weeknights when I’ve been at…

Pulled Pork

It’s been the first full day back at work after the Christmas holidays. An early start and a late finish for me means we always need something quick and easy for dinner. This is when my slow cooker comes in useful. I knew that getting used to being back at work after 2 weeks off…

Soda Bread

I’m not experienced at making bread and would love to learn more. Recently I’ve come to realise that if I eat bread bought from the supermarket I feel bloated. I’m not gluten free but I feel as if there’s a lot of unnecessary additives in bread. I just wish I could bake my own all…

Sausage and Bean Casserole

I lovemaking sausage casseroles in winter, especially as you can put everything into the slow cooker and forget about it for the rest of the day. This morning I’d gone out shopping but wanted to get on with a few jobs when I got home. I wouldn’t be without my slow cooker. I thought something…

Oat Cookies

Here I am only four days into the New Year and I’m baking cookies. Somehow, these little moreish beauties found themselves being put in the oven. How did that happen? I’m cooking recipes from the three Eat Well For Less books this month as a basis for my blog. This recipe from the first Eat…

Chilli Beef Pasta Bake.

Every time I make a pasta bake for dinner, it always goes down well. This one has been no exception. From the second Eat Well For Less book, this is a perfect family meal which everyone will love. We had some minced beef lurking in the freezer from before Christmas and some penne. I always…

Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup.

I love soup but I’m always disappointed when I make it myself. It never tastes as good as shop bought soups or ones I have in restaurants. I can never get the soup to look as smooth as professional chefs make it and my own soup tastes horrible. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong….