Reasons why you should give meal planning a go

Meal planning…the simple act of taking some time to plan for your weekly meals and yes, this can include going out for dinner or ordering a take-away! There are many benefits to meal planning and in this blog Claire Gillies, Founder of Delicious and Real shares with us the reasons why she loves meal planning. [read more]

Hobbies, classes and activities (St Albans)

Confession alert…I don’t really have a hobby.  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’ yet.  Lack of time, lack of passion, lack of skill or just too many excuses!  I’m sure you are all busy bees filling your time…but, [read more]

An A-Z of date ideas (St Albans)

Whether it’s a long-overdue date night without the kids, a first date or a double date with friends…we hope you find some inspiration here in our A-Z of date ideas, in and around St Albans. ******************** Admire some artwork at one of these St Albans based Art Galleries – Gallery Rouge, Whitewall Galleries, or Nude [read more]

Healthy ageing – eat well, age beautifully

Today we’re talking about healthy ageing with Jenni from Nettle & Rose Nutrition. “Fill in wrinkles” “smooth out skin” “dye grey hairs” “tighten” “reduce” “wear a paper bag”!!!  Ok, the last one I made up, but doesn’t advertising sometimes feel like that? Ageing is a topic that riles me up, especially with so much advertising [read more]

Broccoli, spinach and stilton soup

In an attempt to improve my culinary repertoire, I’m trying to cook more and experiment with new recipes. My latest effort was broccoli, spinach and stilton soup, which I thought was tasty enough to be worthy of a mention. Meal planning in advance is not something I’m great at. It’s more a case of what can [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Squash, red onion and butter bean roast

As part of my mission to reduce my food shopping spend (which too often ends up in the bin) I’m trying to use up what’s already in the cupboard. Cue the find from today’s cupboard trawl – butter beans. Throw into the mix some fridge odds and ends – an overlooked butternut squash and some tired looking [read more]

Quick and easy coconut porridge

Breakfast this morning was Ella Woodward’s coconut porridge. I’ve never been much of a porridge fan but I’m loving this recipe – it’s comfort food and it keeps me from needing a mid-morning snack fix. You can find the (super simple) recipe here on the Deliciously Ella website. The ingredients you’ll need for this coconut porridge are: Oats Coconut [read more]

Pilaf-style cauliflower rice

This cauliflower rice recipe is another favourite from Hemsley and Hemsley – The Art of Eating Well.  I usually serve it up alongside a curry but you could easily throw in some other veg and make it more of a main dish. The first thing to clear up is that there’s actually no rice involved. It’s a cauliflower [read more]