THE JOURNEY AND MISSION

Aly’s Story…

What am I about? Well…my focus is on helping people realise that they can create dishes that look and taste amazing, even when using everyday ingredients you have in the cupboard and fridge. No hard to find ingredients. No big budget shopping. Just great recipes for your family through the week, special occasions and festive holidays.

Aly is a classically trained chef, tutor and food writer originally from North Wales, now living in the French Alps.

My late Mum, Iris, was largely responsible for my interest in cooking, and I remember cooking with Mum and taking in everything she taught me.. and did in our family kitchen from a very early age. There was always chutney bubbling on the stove, or a cake baking when I got home from school. When I was 7 or 8 years old she would make curries, homemade pizzas and  lasagne for when friends came over, and back then in the mid 70s that was pretty special!

I began my hospitality career at 16 years old, first at catering college and part time jobs. From there it was onto uni for some more hotels and catering training followed by a year studing Cordon Blue Cookery at what was The Tante Marie School of Cookery. By the time I was 21 years old I had progressed to the role of private chef in chalets and private houses, and onboard yachts cruising the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. 

My travels and work have taken me around the world visiting many wonderful locations, which have provided me with a learning experience, that I couldn’t have found in any training centre or school.

I moved to France in 2016 with my son and continued building my business online.

I continue to cook and develop recipes today, teaching people to create fabulous dishes from quick and easy family meals, to budget recipes and even super swish dishes for entertaining and dinner guests. 

Look me up online. I’m always happy to chat You’ll find me across socials at #alycjcooks

 

APPLE BISCOFF CAKE

  APPLE BISCOFF CAKE The perfect cake for afternoon tea or serve warm with a scoop of vanilla icecream for a scrummy dessert! Mixing bowlknifeMeasuring jug or large jarChopping boardSpoons, spatula, teaspoonsBaking parchment or greaseproof paperBaking Tray - a...

BEST EVER LENTIL VEGETABLE WELLINGTON

  BEST EVER LENTIL VEGETABLE WELLINGTON The perfect meat free centre piece to slice up and serve with a rich gravy and your favourite roast potatoes. 2 jam jars cooked lentils or beans (jam jar or coffee mug) (I used mung beans. 1 quantity dried lentils = 2...

EASY VEGAN KATSU CURRY SAUCE

  EASY VEGAN KATSU CURRY SAUCE Easy creamy Katsu curry sauce. Service with crispy chickpea patties, tofu or seitan. This is a delicious versatile that can be poured over veggies on a bed of rice or noodles. knifeChopping boardsaucepanblender 1 large or 2 small...

BEST EASY PLANT BASED CHILLI

  BEST EASY PLANT BASED CHILLI TIKTOK PLANT BASED RECIPES!Veggie chilli recipe from the 80s! Well almost! Dust off your shell suits, oversized dungarees and neon socks! Get that hair back combed HIGH and remember… The Only Way Is Up!! … Baby  I bring you the...

THE BEST EASY RASPBERRY SULTANA PANCAKES

  THE BEST EASY RASPBERRY SULTANA PANCAKES How to make the best delicious vegan raspberry sultana pancakes! So easy. Good for brunch. Good for your budget and good for everyone! 150 g All purpose / plain flour1 tsp Baking powder1/2 tsp Baking soda1 tsp Apple...

POPCORN BISCOFF TIFFIN

  VEGAN POPCORM BISCOFF TIFFIN A really delicious sweet chocolatey treat that's easy to make with your friends for a party or with the kids on a rainy weekend. Switch it up and try with different biscuits and fruity pieces! It's truly scrumptious 😍 For...

BEST CRISPY VEGETABLE BITES WITH CARROT AND CUMIN

  Best Vegan Crispy Vegetable Carrot Cumin Bites Delicious vegan and gluten free mini vegetable bites. Gluten free too and perfect as a starter, with drinks and nibbles, a good dipping sauce on the side or even in a bun with lettuce and mayo and all the...

EASY TERIYAKI SAUCE

  EASY TERIYAKI SAUCE Quite possibly one of the tastiest sauces I've made and it can be served with so many dishes! Get your creative juices flowing (and your mouth watering!) with this super easy, incredibly versatile Easy Teriyaki Sauce. 80 ml low salt soy...

ENERGY OAT BLISS BALLS

  ENERGY OAT BLISS BALLS 45 g rolled oats50 g your choice of add ins : (chocolate chips, mixed crushed nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, chopped dried fruit, acai berries (or powder) cocoa and coconut)2 tbsp chia seeds2 tbsp cashew, peanut or almond butter2 tbsp maple...

CRISPY TOFU IN ORANGE PEANUT SAUCE

  CRISPY TOFU IN ORANGE PEANUT SAUCE Sometimes I just crave a fake away! Don't you? I nearly always have tofu and rice or noodles in the cupboards, if not for dinner for ourselves, then for an event or some recipe work for classes. I always have rice wine...

Subscribe To The Newsletter!

Get the Aly CJ Cooks Digest with tips and recipes! 

Ideas for quick and easy dinners, time and money saving tips and even something special for the weekend!

You have Successfully Subscribed!