Friday, 27 March 2015

Weekly Love: Week 148

I've noticed a rising trend in recipe subscription websites, which I think are a great new idea which I hope catch on. The team at What To Cook Tonight were kind enough to gift me a years subscription to their site full of beautifully photographed Aussie recipes. Personally, I'm waiting for the Summer months to make their Homemade Peach Cordial (free recipe!) and Marinated BBQ Prawns with Mango & Corn Salsa. Moving away from an independent, what I love about Cooked, a site from publishers Quadrille, Bloomsbury and Hardie Grant is you can search and find the full recipes from all of some of their most popular cookbooks including Trine Hahnemann's Scandinavian Baking and Izy Hozzack's Top With Cinnamon. You can sign up for a months free trial, and after that it costs £2.99 a month to subscribe, or £36 a year, which includes 2 free cookbooks; at the moment Leith's How To Cook and River Cottage Fruit. A pretty great deal, right?
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1. I spent yesterday evening in Parliament, and with the election campaign kicking off last night too, there was the most incredible atmosphere. I honestly can't believe it has been 5 years since I worked on the last campaign; I can't wait to get stuck into the next one! | 2. A fantastic lunch for Barbour cooked by Anna Hedworth, showcasing local Northern ingredients in North Shields - more on that in my trip to Newcastle posts next week! | 3. The iconic groyn overlooking South Shields that Barbour use on their logo. | 4. Buffet breakfast in the conservatory with The Times all to myself at Jesmond Dene House hotel. Full review to follow, too! | 5. Pretty pink blooms for Spring at Wild At Heart on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. | 6. A California breakfast of avocado, homemade pico de gallo salsa and eggs scrambled in coconut oil on toast before a bust Saturday.

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7. Brunch with my favourite people at Bill's in Nottingham. | 8. Also the weekend I spent in Nottingham, I got to try the famous Annie's Burger Shack. I'd 100% recommend it if you're in the city, and recommend that the curly fries are a great shout! | 9. More restaurant recommendations from around the country, I spent an afternoon wondering around Oxford (beautiful city) before meeting my school friend Amelia for a fantastic value, wonderfully delicious supper at Turl Street Kitchen. I had a fantastic starter of smoked salmon, potato salad and picked cucumber, and a Spanish style baby chicken half cooked in beans, both of which were faultless. | 10. The team at Hotel Chocolat were kind enough to send me one of their Easter eggs to sample, which we've really been enjoying in front of the television in the evenings! Eggs start at £15, and you can still order them ahead of next week here! | 11. Welcoming the Spring with bunches of daffodils in the pretty floral jug the team at Joules were kind enough to send me. | 12. We went to The Good's Shed in Canterbury for my 22nd birthday dinner, as we had cocktails from Wild Goose before we ate. They were a mixed bag; there were some great combinations, but they were all a bit too heavy on the spices. Sometimes simple is best!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm out to lunch with my family tomorrow as we're all back in the same country again after being split up traveling, and I've got an exciting Slow Food lunch in London on Sunday. A busy, busy weekend to match up with a busy, busy week!

Monday, 23 March 2015

In My Kitchen with Sorella Muse Photography + Baking a (Gluten-free) Swedish Chocolate Cake from Top With Cinnamon

A lot of you always ask me who took the photos I use for all my social media profiles. Actually, for a blogger I rarely like it when photos are taken of me, because I rarely like how they turn out. I always like to be in control. The one exception to this, is my friend Nicole. We first met for coffee on a sunny January afternoon two years ago in Los Angeles so she could interview me and take my portrait for a photo series she was working on, and in the course of the interview we became firm friends. Nikki is the person I write epic, essay length emails to, gossip about boys with and receive snail mail on beautiful notecards from.
Rachel Phipps Swedish Chocolate Cake Batter by Sorella Muse Photography

Friday, 20 March 2015

Recipe: Avocado & Blush Orange Salad with Miso Yogurt Dressing

It is difficult trying to feed a family, trying to find meals that all of you will eat and enjoy. Since the beginning of the week, my Father has been away, so my Mother and I have really been going to town eating the foods that we like to eat, without having to cater to his tastes. Sorry Daddy! We started in Waitrose on the Monday morning, filling our trolley with salads, vegetables and fresh fish. Think bright, fresh and colourful!
Avocado, Blush Orange & Pea Shoot Salad with Miso Yogurt Dressing

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Recipe: Asian Mushroom ‘Just Add Hot Water’ Jam Jar Noodles

I'm fully aware that if you read my blog, you probably read other blogs, and the concept of making up a 'homemade pot noodle' on a Sunday night and taking it into work with you the next day to just add hot water is nothing new. I'm not really one to repeat what has already been done (unless it is something totally genius like that one pot pasta everyone was talking about a couple of Summers ago), but as my current column for Borough Market is on easy and healthy desk lunches you can make ahead, I could not really ignore it, could I? Especially as I still slurp this up most lunchtimes, even after my feature was submitted!
Asian Mushroom ‘Just Add Hot Water’ Healthy Jam Jar Noodles

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Recipe: [Raw, Vegan + Gluten Free] Chocolate Ganache Bars

99.9% of the time, given the option, I'll always choose something made with butter, eggs and sugar than something billed as 'vegan', 'raw' or 'gluten free'. I honestly think that unless you have some sort of intolerance you should not be eating 'vegan' or 'gluten free' anything that originally ought to have butter and flour in. I still have not got over the time I was in a West London cafe when I was given a free brownie, and when I bit into it it tasted like sawdust in my mouth. You guessed it: gluten free. I was at my friends birthday lunch at Annie's Burger Shack in Nottingham last weekend, and one gluten intolerant person on my table had the gluten free bun, but the person next to me just had his burger without, explaining that all of the gluten free buns he'd ever tasted where nothing like real bread, so where was the point? I agree totally.
Vegan Raw Chocolate Ganache Bars

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Upcycled Ceramic Herb Pots With The White Company

My Father and I have an ongoing thing about scented candles, which I've noticed more and more since I gave up my flat in London and moved back in with my parents last May. He can't stand the smell of them, and as a consequence I can only burn them in my bedroom, bathroom or study. However, one thing he can't understand more than why someone would want to fill their home with the smell of a scented candle, is why people would spend scented candle prices on, well, a scented candle. On some levels, I agree with him. Every time I walk past it in Liberty's I sniff Diptque's Insolite candle, but I'm never going to fork out £45 for it.
The White Company Candle Herb Pot DIY