Smoked Paprika Fries

From scratch smoked paprika fries. Delicious quick and easy fries, subtly flavoured with the spicy sweet flavour of smoked paprika. Perfect accompaniment to an evening meal or as a snack with garlic mayonnaise.


Look! Look at my blog! It’s had a make over. 

I’ve been meaning to do this for about a year now, but now I’ve finished uni I’ve actually had a spare solid 24 hours to do it. 

Turns out you do need that solid 24 hours. Who new, redesigning a blog is hard work!

Letting all my photos have their ‘thumbnails regenerated’ (that’s a thing?!) took 4 hours. 


With a new design, comes a new direction. Which goes nicely with the start of a new chapter of my life.

I’ve been a student for the past 4 years and I officially graduate on the 3rd of July (with a 2:1 honours! Sorry I still can’t believe it!). 

I’m moving back to a house I lived in last year during my working placement from uni. It’s home to 20 crazy people, 3 messy kitchens, 1 old stray cat and 1 food obsessed messy cook, me. 

I’ve had to deal with some ‘interesting’ kitchens in my years at uni, and this house is no different. Ovens that don’t have any numbers on the dial, kettles you have to hold on, broken cupboards and freezers so packed that you can’t remember if you ate the last popsicle or it’s just lost!


I wouldn’t change it for the world though. It’s home. Midnight cups of tea and picnics on the roof. Parties in the basement and mass cookie making sessions.  After all I’m only 21 and 53 weeks (ehem also known at 22). I won’t have this again.

So here is where the new direction of my blog comes in. 

Just because my ovens are dodgy, cupboards are broken and I still have a student budget doesn’t mean I can’t eat yummy meals and have tasty treats. 

The recipes people seem to like the most on here are ones such as my Spicy One Pot Pasta and Sweet Potato and Chickpea curry. These were both meals I made for a quick cheap dinner, and took photos of just in case I wanted to publish them one day.

Recipes like these fries! I could have come back with some crazy impressive cake, but sometimes simple is just as yummy! The perfect recipe that encompasses the direction of the blog. Nom.


A slight lack of money (in fact thousands of pounds worth of debt like 95% of graduates) has led me to start doing more and more DIY projects, like bunting and painting and building things. I want where I live to be nice, and I realised I can totally do that myself!

So along with some yummy suppers you’ll be finding some easy DIY projects to spruce your life up. 

Of course in my heart I’m still a sweet toothed baker, so they’ll still be lots of treats. I didn’t spend all the money I earnt working in bars on madeleine and donut pans for nothing!


I hope you’ll join me with my new adventure. I’ve met some lovely people whilst I’ve been food blogging and I’m so grateful for each and everyone one of you.

If ever you’re in middle England, stop in for a cup of tea and slice of cake.

Smoked Paprika Fries
Serves 2
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  1. 1 large baking potato
  2. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  3. 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  4. 1 tsp mild chilli powder
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Cut the potato into medium sized fries and lay out evenly on the baking tray.
  4. Mix together the vegetable oil, smoked paprika and mild chili powder.
  5. Brush this mixture over the fries.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes until cooked through and crispy.
  1. I understand that 1 large baking potato is a vague, but you can always scale up or down the paprika and oil in ratio. It's really up to your personal flavour preference. It's a really simple recipe to get yummy results.
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  1. says

    Yum. I’d definitely love to stop over for a cup of tea and those fries! Good luck with the new direction of your blog– from what I can see so far, it looks fantastic.

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