Hobbies, classes and activities (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]

Matojo Suckerbib – weaning with less cleaning

After another mealtime hovering over the baby trying to catch dropped food and control wayward spoons, Victoria began ‘the clean-up’. Wiping the baby. Washing the highchair. Changing the trousers. Mopping the floor. There must be a way to make weaning easier, thought St Albans-based Mum, Victoria Salter. And she set her mind to coming up [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]

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]

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]

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]

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]