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…

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…

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…

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…

Pineapple Upside Down Bundt.

Who remembers having Pineapple Upside Down Cake as a child?  Did you have it for school dinners? I did, although when I was little I didn’t like the pineapple and left it. I remember a very strict teacher at our Infant School telling me off for not eating it and making me sit there at…

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…

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….

Payday Millionaire- Cheesy Potato Pie.

A few weeks ago  PaymentSense  approached me,  along with several other food bloggers to see if we could help.  The idea was for us to come up with a recipe to serve four people that would cost £5 to make. It could also be a meal which was able to be divided up and either serve 2…