Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cocktail Hour: Grapefruit, Basil and Peppercorn Gin & Tonics

I enjoy two different types of drinks at home. There is the glass of wine from an already open bottle I pour myself after work while I'm trying to throw dinner together, the hastily mixed G&T after a very long day, and whatever Asian beer is on offer in the off-licence around the corner to go with the Chinese food I ordered as I was leaving the office. Or, there is the slightly slower, more leisurely drink I take my time over at the weekends, or on a warm and sunny evening when I've made it home early. This gin and tonic serve is one of those leisurely drinks, inspired my my all time favourite gin to serve with my tonic: Gin Mare.
Grapefruit, Basil and Black Pepper Gin & Tonics | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Weekly Love: Week 196

So, unexpectedly, it's that time again. If you've moved house since the EU Referendum (I think that is the last time we all went to the polls, it is happening so often these days I'm losing count!), or you're not already registered to vote, do so here so you get a chance to vote in the June 8th elections. The deadline is 22nd May. I know if you look at the polls or the news the result sounds like a forgone conclusion, but looking at this surprise election from inside politics, and from my experience working on the past two general elections, it really is not the case. Those of us in politics need to fight for every vote, and you really need to make your vote count. Oh, and be sure to follow me on Instagram if you don't already. I promise to keep the campaign off of my feed, but I'm going to be spending some of it in Somerset, where I've never been and I've been promised is very beautiful, so I'll be sure to post any pretty landscapes/ buildings, and delicious food I encounter!
Weekly Love 23.04.17[1]
1. Enjoying the sunshine on a weekend trip to Hoxton. | 2. Lunchtime jaunts to Chinatown for sweet barbecue pork buns and to replenish my kimchee supply. | 3. Saturday brunching at Mac & Wild - full review coming soon! | 4. Sunday mornings at Columbia Road Flower Market. | 5. Enjoying my parents beautiful new garden in Kent. | 6. Bringing the smell of spring into my bedroom with hyacinths for the top of my bookcase.

Friday, 21 April 2017

What Does Your Favourite Tea Say About You?

Today is a day that is rather special to most Brits (including those of us like me who are strictly into fruit and herbal): National Tea Day. I know it is a bit of a stereotype that every British person loves a good cup of tea, but things have been a bit of a roller-coaster over the past month, and I know at some of the most stressful moments, we've all automatically offered to go and make a brew, and it has made us feel so much better. So, as the guys at English Tea Shop have sent me a selection of their teas to mark the occasion, I thought I'd reflect on some of my favourite teas, and what our love of tea says about us as a tea drinking nation! 
What Does Your Favourite Tea Says About You? | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

How To Spend A Sunny Sunday In Hoxton

Now I've settled back into life in London, I think it is time to change things up a little bit here on the blog to reflect my life now. I've been thinking a lot about this, and while I'm still going to posting the usual easy recipes and restaurant reviews, I think it makes more sense for things to go back to being more like my diary of things I get up to again. I've finally settled into working a 9 to 5 (well, 9 to 6 if I'm lucky most weeks!), so weekend plans have become a bigger thing for me. I make sure I have fun things planned with friends, and not just meals out, but little adventures to the part of town I love, or that I simply have not explored before. So, to kick things off I wanted to share my suggestion for how to spend a lazy, sunny weekend in Hoxton, where my friend Sophie and I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday lunch at Beagle after a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market, followed by a wander around one of East London's hidden treasures, Geffrye Museum of the Home.
Sunday Lunch at Beagle in Hoxton | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps