Hobby inspiration | Classes and activities around St Albans

It’s with embarrassment that I must admit my lack of hobbies. Aside from reading, writing and wellbeing; my interests largely revolve around food, drink and socialising! I just don’t seem to have found my ‘thing’. My creative talents are non-existent although I do enjoy lobbing paint on an empty egg box with the toddler and I [read more]

Are you really going to eat that?

As a food blogger who writes about healthier food choices, it’s a bit weird to say but I really dislike it when people judge what I eat. It’s a bit like Hermione judging the Weasley twins for only knowing the “flashy useless magic” they use to create their joke shop. Sometimes it’s useful to know [read more]

Butternut squash curry

Once again I was looking for some food inspiration so I reached for Madeline Shaw’s Get the Glow book – and with a chill in the air I decided it was a night for a warming curry. The recipe of choice this time was Madeline’s vegetarian squash curry, although I have to admit I did [read more]

The word on the St Albans street

We’ve not had a Word of Mouth post for a while so here we go. This time I’m hitting you with food, hair, nails, homewares and an open air cinema – all on our St Albans doorstep. Food and drink St Villa has brought British European, contemporary fine dining to St Albans. Downstairs is sophisticated yet relaxed, [read more]

Kings Cross eating and drinking

After 150 years of industrial use, Kings Cross has undergone a huge redevelopment which has brought arts, culture, sporting facilities and big brand names to the area. There’s also now a plethora of places to eat and drink; making it a destination of choice for the foodie fanatic and cocktail connoisseur. So for this week’s Word of Mouth Wednesday [read more]

Welcome to our first Word of Mouth Wednesday!

Word of Mouth Wednesday is our new blog feature. It’s going to be our regular list of things we like. We’ll share recommendations and spread the word. Any product, person or place that we discover, we’ll give it a mention. So if you’ve got somewhere / something / someone you think deserves a shout out, please email [read more]

Review | Chappell & Caldwell Supper Club

Mother’s Day this year was going to be a quiet affair [given I’m 32 weeks pregnant and have a chickenpox ridden toddler] but I did have something extra special to look forward to – I was going to a supper club run by Chappell & Caldwell. Founded by St Albans resident, Ali Young, Chappell & Caldwell offers bespoke cookery lessons and private chef services [read more]

We don’t just talk about books

If you’ve been to one of our book clubs before, you know that we don’t just talk about the book. If you haven’t joined us then it’s only fair to confess that occasionally our conversations veer off on tangents. We do come back to the book but along the way we make a few pit-stops. [read more]

Red lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup

Today was a day that called for a comforting bowl of soup. I could’ve made use of my soup stash from the freezer but I had some sweet potatoes that needed using up and Jamie Oliver’s red lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup took my fancy. To make this soup you’ll need… Sweet potatoes Red [read more]

Gin tasting with Tomoka Spirits Boutique

Confession…I don’t really like gin but when an invite to a gin tasting appeared in my inbox, I thought let’s do this. The tasting was organised by the team at Tomoka Spirits Boutique. If you haven’t heard of them they specialise in fine spirits and champagne, which they sell from their St Albans shop in [read more]

A bread making masterclass at Redbournbury Watermill

I’m not usually lucky when it comes to anything of the prize draw ilk (prime example being the tombola stall this weekend, where 50, yes that’s right, 50 tickets amounted to me winning a decidedly dubious looking jar of homemade quince jelly!) but for once the luck gods were smiling down on me… A friend organised [read more]

Date night dining at Brasserie Blanc

It was the husband’s turn to choose the restaurant for date night…and having walked past it many times but never been in, he opted for Brasserie Blanc in central St Albans. Busy and bustling when we arrived (8pm on a Friday night), it took a little while to be seated and get our first drinks (“not [read more]

Why didn’t I know about freezing food – flat – in bags?

I’ve always loved my freezer but having a toddler has brought new meaning to the words ‘frozen ready meals’. Move over oven fish and chips (the husband’s meal of choice when he’s ‘cooking’ for himself) I need room for all that home-made Bolognese that I’ve cooked in bulk. Don’t applaud my domestic goddess-ness, it’s only [read more]

Green tea goodness

In my quest to try / do something new each day, I decided that I’d really push myself today and reach for that freebie* sample of mint matcha tea that was loitering in the cupboard. Surely a win all round – not only by tantalising the taste-buds with ‘green goodness’ (according to Pukka) but by using it I was [read more]

Dinner party cheat – traybaked chicken

Women Aloud tries traybaked chicken and veg… The neighbours were coming for dinner at Women Aloud HQ. Panic. I am no Nigella (in any aspect of life!) so cooking for six was stressing me out a little. I had to be honest with myself, I’d likely leave everything to the last minute and have a couple of [read more]

Support local this Christmas

Here at Women Aloud HQ we want to give a bit back and support our local community this Christmas. If you’d like to join us, here’s some ideas for getting involved… Shop local We’re probably a bit late even mentioning Christmas shopping. But if, like me, you haven’t started yet – take a look at [read more]

Breakfast, brunch or lunch eggs

It was one of those days where I had to be in for deliveries and visits from tradesmen so I thought I might as well make use of my self-inflicted curfew and try a few new recipes from The Art of Eating Well (by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley). First up breakfast; when I had a [read more]

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