Join Jinty and Lou for a weekly chat with interviews and guests on topics that are relevant for todays woman. These two 50 year olds make sure women are given a voice, we talk, menopause, health, family, relationships and so much more. There’s plenty of honest chat and a lot of laughter. We have a monthly book club, The Book Collective, where we read and discuss our chosen book, we've got a weekly healthy Foodie Collective with recipes and there's a Weekly Invite to challenge Jinty, Lou and you!
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Life with Anorexia Nervosa
Between 1.25 and 3.4 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder.*
January is the month when we are bombarded from social media and advertising with diets and gym memberships but when does the dieting and excessive exercising become an issue? In this week’s podcast Jinty and Lou’s guest is Jackie Larner a 53 year old who has suffered with Anorexia Nervosa and addiction from a teenager. Jackie talks with honesty about how anorexia and subsequent addiction changed her from a socialable girl into an isolated teenager. As she is Jinty’s sister we get to hear how the family were affected by her illness.
Most eating disorders develop during adolescence & our guest this week,Jackie, developed her eating disorder when she was just 13 years old. Jackie recounts her story, how it started, the long term damage to her body and her experiences, to where she is now, a 53 year old mum of 3 children who is just coming into her stride. Her eating disorder and alcoholism has not been an easy path, we find out how to spot the signs and ways of dealing with this disease as a family. It’s an honest, open account from someone that is now learning to love her life.
Please go to https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/ if you need advice or support with an eating disorder.
Did you know the significance of epiphany for women? Neither did we until we did a little research!
In the Book Collective, we continue with the amazing The Female Lead, We Rise By Lifting Others by Edwina Dunn. This week we read from Lady Brenda Hale President of the Supreme Court from 2017-2020 all the way through to Nadia Murad a Noble Peace Prize Laureate, we find out a precious object that shapes the women’s lives and where they rose from to get them where they are today. This book overflows with extraordinary women.
The Foodie this week continues are Veganuary theme and is a hearty filo and butternut squash pie from Lou, easy to make and full of goodness. Recipe below.
The WI for the month of January is Veganuary, we find out how Lou is getting on and if she’s fallen off the vegan wagon or is embracing the vegan life.
We are campaigning for better menopause care, specifically a Menopause Clinic, in Devon and Cornwall in the UK. We are gathering as many testimonies from women who have struggled to get the correct diagnosis and referrals. Please can you email us with your story if you live in Devon or Cornwall: email@example.com. Together we can make change happen, whilst raising awareness along the way.
Recipe: Lou’s Vegan Butternut Squash, Feta and spinach Filo Pie
Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil (EVO)
Vegan feta cubed
Smoked chilli harissa paste or rose harissa
Salt and pepper
Place the butternut squash, onion and garlic into a roasting tin. In a separate bowl mix 2 tsps of harissa with a healthy glug of EVO mix and pour over the squash, onions and garlic and mix around until covered in the roasting tin. Put into a medium oven and roast for 20-40 mins until the butternut squash softens and slightly caramelises.
Wilt the spinach in a pan flavour with salt and pepper
Once the roasting tin of squash is out of the oven let it cool for 10 minutes.
Whilst cooling brush EVO into a deep pie dish coat the sheets of filo pastry in EVO with a pastry brush. Layer the bottom with 3-4 sheets.
Layer in the roasted squash, onion and garlic with vegan feta and spinach until all ingredients used. Add sheets of Filo to the top of the pie, make sure you keep brushing EVO onto the pastry.
Cook for 20 mins and enjoy!
Tip: if you’re having roast potatoes with the pie, use the roasting tin and you will have tasty harissa roasties!
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Navigating the Menopause with Elizabeth Joseph
Welcome to series 3 and a very happy New-Year to you all!
We are starting 2022 off with a fabulous guest, Elizabeth Joseph, a woman navigating menopause and trying out (so that we don’t have to)
all the good, bad and the downright ridiculous inventions that will help (or not) you through menopause.
We find what you think about New Years resolutions, motivational or are we setting ourselves up to fail?
We begin January 2022 with a new book for the Book Collective, The Female Lead, volume 2, We Rise by Lifting Others by Edwina Dunn.
On the foodie front there is a combined Foodie Collective and WI with Lou starting Veganuary.
If you need to be cheered up in this, often difficult, month, then this episode won’t let you down.
Elizabeth Joseph is a woman who has gone from invisible housewife plagued by peri menopause to a social media guinea pig! She has tried out a range of products and approaches, from womb massage to fart pants all in the name of research. She is both funny and honest.
Elizabeth says that her hope is by speaking up about this shit storm in our lives with honesty and humour so no other woman need ever stumble into peri menopause clueless, lost or alone. Elizabeth talks us through her journey and we discuss the the stigma that surrounds peri menopause and why we should all tell each other what is happening to our lives and bodies.
Watch the full interview on the Womenkind Collective YouTube channel.
How did your Christmas go? Were there some shopping, sale or food disasters, we tell the truth on our Christmas cock-ups.
Do you set yourself New-year resolutions? There’s a divided opinion with the Collective but the over-riding thought is that you should not put pressure on yourself to achieve resolutions.
The Book Collective begin the wonderful, The Female Lead, Volume 2 by Edwina Dunn, we read up to page 78. It really is the most beautiful and uplifting of books full of inspiring women, we look at Julia Gillard the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and discuss her ‘misogyny speech.’ We will read up to page 128 Nadia Murad for episode 2.
The Foodie this month is all about Veganuary, Lou has been challenged by Jinty to become vegan for the month of January. There’s a nightmare shopping trip and Lou finds out what you can actually do with tofu! The health benefits of a vegan life in menopause are proven to have a positive effect.
And Jinty has an easy recipe for you to try (see below)
Womenkind Collective YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgmHLcdx28eco-XlkWYwUA
Elizabeth Joseph: Instagram. @elizabethjosephnavigating
Jinty’s Easy vegan chicken pie
2 large carrots
Broccoli (or any veg that needs using up)
Butter beans (optional)
Alternative milk of choice (I use oat)- approx 250ml
White wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
Virgin Olive oil
Tbsp plain flour
Chicken alternative (I used Linda McCartney’s no hoisin duck)
I pack ready roll vegan puff pastry
1 tsp oregano
Add chopped leeks and chopped carrots
Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes
Add broccoli or any other veg you like
Cook for a further 5 mins
Add fake chicken, cook for a couple of mins
Make a well in the centre, add a little more oil if needed
Add flour to well and then mix everything together for 2 mins
Add tbsp of ACV and mix to deglaze the pan
Slowly add the milk, mixing all the time
Add until you have a constituency you like
Cook for 20 minutes
Put in a pie dish and cover with puff pastry
Cook on 180 for 30-40 minutes
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Christmas Party, Guests, reviews, books and wine
Just as we are hurtling toward the end of 2021, we are coming to the end of Series 2 of the Womenkind collective Podcast. And we are celebrating this with a Christmas Party and you are all invited-
So get your party poppers, your Christmas hats, your favourite tipple, or tea, and have no HOGO worries because for this party we are staying In-In, so slippers are not only welcome- they are a necessity!
We have two guests from the Collective that have supported us on our journey, Annie from The Bees Wreath and Mumford and Mum and Laura Dentith an avid fan of the Book Collective.
You can catch the full unedited version of the party on the Womenkind Collective YouTube Channel.
(All Covid restrictions were followed at the time of recording)
We are so fortunate that many of our amazing guests and listeners have sent Christmas messages for the Collective which we play throughout, in-between the drinking and eating!
At our Christmas party we bring out our favourite wine and non-alcoholic drinks, and there’s a super espresso martini from Jinty.
Our foodie Collective is a mix of homemade vegan mince pies, vegan chocolate truffles from Jamie Oliver, along with a super healthy green salad from Emma Ellice-Flint.
We discuss the highlights of the past 2 series and reveal our most listened to podcast.
In the Book Collective we go back over the books we have read and the books we have mentioned and used for research, and there’s definitely some you might want to add to your Christmas list or to consider for the New-Year.
How are you getting on with our high-fiving WI? Who’s adding the extras in?
Jinty also has a WI - a suggestion for a better night’s sleep over the Christmas period.
We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for listening and any contributions you’ve made, we really could not do it without you. Wishing you all a peaceful and healthy Christmas and love and laughter for 2022.
See you for Series 3, 9th January 2022.
Jinty’s espresso Martinis
I part Toffee Vodka
2 part Vodka
2 part espresso
1 part Tia Maria
Shaken not stirred
You can find Annie on Instagram: @thebeeswreath and @mumfordandmum
Emma’s green salad;
Jinty’s Vegan mince pies;
Recipe for Jamie Oliver’s vegan truffles (balls): https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/dairy-free-chocolate-truffles/
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How to enjoy a stress free Christmas
Welcome to the weekly podcast of Womenkind Collective, in this week’s podcast we talk about how to achieve a stress free Christmas. Do you stress about presents, family and cooking the perfect Christmas dinner?
Well, you can worry no more, we have the top 25 tips to help you achieve a stress free Christmas.
In the Book Collective we conclude Bella Mackie’s How To Kill Your Family and there’s a perfect twist to the ending of this magnificent book.
In the Foodie Collective we continue this month’s theme of Easy Christmas Treats, and once again Jinty has been cooking up a storm.
We talk about grief and the loss of a loved one coming up to the festive period and how to get through this difficult and challenging time.
How did you get on with the WI? We ask Lou and the Collective how Jinty’s challenge from Mel Robbins is going.
Grief is hard at any time throughout the year but can be especially difficult around Christmas time, Jinty discusses her grief from losing her dear dad this year and what she’s planning on doing to keep his memory firmly in the family this Christmas.
Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year, so we decided to try and help you achieve a stress-free Christmas by going through the top 25 stresses most people encounter over the festive period, there’s some fun and swearing and also an underlying message of making sure you ease the pressure off yourself, we have tips from the Collective to help and they really resonate.
And if all else fails you can do exactly what one of the Collective do and just drink Baileys!
You can watch the Stress-Free Christmas Tips on our Womenkind Collective YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCFgmHLcdx28eco-XlkWYwUA
In the Book Collective we conclude Bella Mackie’s How To Kill Your Family, and there’s a great twist at the end, could this lead onto a sequel? Bella has written the perfect narcissistic protagonist with Grace, she is an insightful and page turning author.
Our new book for January is The Female Lead, volume 2, We Rise By Lifting Others by Edwina Dunn.
The Foodie this month gives us easy Christmas treats and Jinty has made Polish cake from her mum’s recipe, but it’s not quite the traditional Polish cake, it’s the most delicious tiffin based cake and it’s also no-bake and vegan! Anyone can make it!
The WI challenge from Jinty to Lou and the Collective is working really well, even if sometimes Lou forgets she has now added a new addition to give herself a positive comment when she’s high-fiving in the mirror, please give it a go and tell yourself how beautiful and amazing you are…it really does work!
Don’t forget to join us for our Christmas Party next Sunday where we will be rounding up the year, talking to some amazing guests and drinking and eating probably far too much!
The Christmas In A Nutshell is available from @spacemasks on Instagram or: https://spacemasks.com for £5 with all proceeds going to Whitstable RNLI. Jinty’s vegan Polish cake Ingredients
75g vegan block, plus extra for the tin
200g Orange vegan dark chocolate, roughly chopped
2 tbsp golden or maple syrup
200g vegan ginger nuts - or other fave vegan biscuits
25g macadamia nuts
50g pistachios, toasted and chopped. Tsp cinnamon
Tsp mixed spice
75g orange choc to top
Method STEP 1
Lightly oil a 20cm square brownie tin with vegan block,and line the base with baking parchment. Melt the chocolate with the vegan block and syrup in the microwave in 30-second bursts until smooth and glossy.
Break the ginger nuts into small pieces in a bowl, then add the nuts. Scrape in the chocolate mixture and give everything a good mix to combine, then spoon the mixture into the tin. Use the back of the spoon to smooth out the top and press it down, then chill in the fridge for 2 hrs or until set hard. Once set, cut into 25 mini squares.
You could sprinkle a dusting of icing sugar or add melted chocolate on top,set in fridge.
Growing up with Type 1 Diabetes
In this week’s podcast we talk to a woman who has grown up with Type 1 Diabetes, Daisy Hockings-Thompson, Lou’s daughter.
Daisy talks to us about her diagnosis, the teenage years and how even before getting out of bed in the morning it affects her every-day life.
We look at how hormones affect insulin when menstruating and during menopause.
In the Book Collective we find out what’s happening in this instalment of Bella Mackie’s book How To Kill Your Family, has Grace the main character killed everyone yet?
The Foodie is all about Easy Christmas treats and we taste some exceptionally tasty treats from Jinty, and finally there’s a new WI for Lou and the Collective from Jinty which is Free, but will we be able to do it? There’s some exciting news we have launched a YouTube Channel for the podcast, interviews and The 2 Deb’n Maids.
Our guest this week is a very special one, Daisy Hockings-Thompson is Lou’s daughter and a type 1 diabetic. Type 1 diabetes affects 8% of the population of the UK, it is caused when the body’s own immune system destroys cells within the pancreas and the pancreas stops producing a hormone called insulin which we need to give us energy. Daisy talks about her diagnosis at 10 years old and the troubled teenage years and the constant monitoring she has to do every day just to be able to get out of bed. We learn about hypos and hypers and the fatal consequence of both if left untreated. We talk about how hormones affect insulin levels during menstruation and during the menopause and we also learn about the huge financial divide for people that can afford the latest technologies and how even in the USA type 1 diabetics are dying because they cannot afford insulin.
You can watch Daisy’s full interview on our Womenkind Collective YouTube channel, where you can also catch up with those 2Deb’n maids, Flotsam and Jetsom.
In the Book Collective this week we are a little behind so we will catch-up with How To Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie next week, Lou didn’t want to put any spoilers out there for jinty! We also announce our new book for January 2022.
The Foodie theme is easy Christmas treats and once again Jinty has cooked up some easy (vegan) gingerbread treats and they were yoga poses, they’ll make you sit down and eat them with a mug of tea, just what you need leading up to Christmas.
See below for recipe
There’s a new WI from Jinty to Lou and The Collective that she has been trialling for the past week, it’s all about self-love and positivity and we think you’re going to love it.
Please do subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can see our 2 Deb’n maids and catch our latest interviews.
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• 1tbsp ground chia seed
• 140g vegan block
• 100g dark muscovado sugar
• 3tbsp maple or golden syrup
• 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
• 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 1tbsp ground ginger
• 2tsp ground cinnamon
• STEP 1Combine the chia seed with 2½ tbsp water, and leave to thicken for 5 mins. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Mix the vegan block, sugar, bicarb, spices and flour in a bowl with your hands and crumble until it resembles sand. Stir in the chia mix and syrup. Mix together until it comes together into a smooth dough. Who has time to chill it? I didn’t but you may, if so chill for 45 mins.
• STEP 2Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm thickness. Stamp out as many gingerbread people or Yogi’s, as you can, then re-roll the trimmings and continue until all the dough is used. Put on the sheets and bake for 12 mins until golden. Leave to cool on the sheets for 10 mins, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Will keep in an airtight container for two weeks.
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Ayurveda, marmalade, and brain fog with Guest Sunita Passi
In this weeks Womenkind Collective podcast we talk to the fabulous Sunita Passi about her new book, The Dr Won’t See You Now, she explains why there was a need for a book about the Ayurvedic healing system now from the impact of Covid-19. There’s a great foodie for stir-it-up Sunday, but it does go a bit haywire! We find out the Cambridge dictionary’s word of the year is, and it’s a good one. We find out how Lou got on with her WI and Jinty has been to the cinema and has a movie review. There’s also a story about Frank Cooper’s marmalade and Lou’s not happy!
Sunita Passi is an Ayurvedic practitioner who has written a book, The Dr Won’t See You Now, advocating now is the time to heal healthcare, it’s a wake-up call to the power of Ayurveda. Sunita was an investigative journalist prior to becoming an Ayurvedic practitioner, she has put her passion and knowledge into this book, which is accessible and a great entry level book, especially for those that are despondent with the health care system as it is at the moment. The book is interactive with standalone chapters it has wit and knowledge, there’s a dosha quiz at the end of the book to help determine your dosha. Sunita is a great guest who shares her passion and knowledge with the Collective.
The Foodie that both Jinty and Lou bought all the ingredients for their Christmas puddings but hadn’t read the recipe properly, find out what they both did wrong and both are blaming the menopause…..so they’re going to sort their cock-up out and stir-it-up this coming Sunday. Jinty brings a jar of Frank Cooper’s marmalade in and we find out Sarah-Jane, Frank’s wife actually made the marmalade but was not recognised on the jar, is it time for change?
There’s no Wine Collective this month as we are saving the best tipples for our Christmas party on December 19th.
The Book Collective, get to grips with Grace and her narcissistic ways, will she get out of prison? Will she complete her final murder? It’s quite hilarious and is definitely a page turner.
Jinty has been to the movies and watched the latest Marvel film, Eternals, it’s long but very much worth watching, Angelina Jolie stars and is a little forgetful in places, is this a nod to the menopause? Well worth watching with a fantastic story line.
The WI about kindness makes Lou think about stereotyping especially where she drinks her coffee and when you do an act of kindness you should not have intention, it should be selfless, and should it just be for someone who cannot afford a coffee?
Facebook page: Alone Together for family members who have lost family members to Covid.
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