Friday, 20 May 2016

Weekly Love: Week 172

This is a scheduled post, as I'm currently in the Dordogne with their tourism people doing all things French and foodie. Having spent all summer, every summer for a large chunk of my childhood in the Pyrenees, and currently having a home in Brittany, I adore France (and French food) but this region is a total first for me. So, enjoy these snapshots from back home and this lot of web links, and be prepared for (food filled) pitstop tour of many of the major and most historical towns in the region when I return!
Weekly Love 20.05.16[1]
1. The famous bright blue and yellow beach huts on Viking Beach, Broadstairs. | 2. Pomegranate & Honey Chicken Skewers on the barbecue from Diana Henry's A Bird In The Hand. | 3. Beautifully fragrant lilac in full bloom. | 4. Mixed sausage and salad box from The Devil's Pantry at Sandwich Food Fayre. | 5. Tulips and daffodils for sale outside Canterbury West Station at The Flower Station. | 6. Kent strawberries for sale on Deal High Street.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Places To Eat In Kent: Wyatt & Jones, Broadstairs

On Saturday we piled into the car and headed out to Broadstairs to try a restaurant that has been on my list since one of my scouts recommended I include it in my '31Things Everyone Must Eat In East Kent' feature for Buzzfeed: Wyatt & Jones. Boasting features in the Michelin and Good Food Guide, as well as recommendations from some of the local chefs and restauranteurs whose judgement I trust the most, I just knew we were in for a fantastic meal a little bit further along the East Kent coast than I usually venture. 
Lunch at Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 16 May 2016

Recipe: How To Make Homemade Sesame Prawn Toasts

Casting our minds back a bit here, this year for Chinese New Year we threw together something of a Chinese-Japanese fusion feast with each of us making a dish or two. There was special fried rice, chilli prawns, crispy aromatic duck (Gressinghams, not homemade - I did it once, and life is too short!) and chicken yakitori. There was also one dish I made for the first time (and I've had time to refine since) which quite a few of you took an interest in when I mentioned that I'd made them: better than takeaway style sesame prawn toasts. 
How To Make Homemade Sesame Prawn Toasts | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 13 May 2016

Recipe: Barbecue Turmeric Chicken Thighs

Today is Friday and we've got the whole weekend ahead of us. So, I thought I'd share with you all a killer barbecue chicken recipe (that only requires half an hour to marinade) and a beer to pair it with so you've got something to throw on the grill. This quick and easy turmeric yellow marinade is the work of moments to throw together, given an extra kick with a spritz of fresh lime juice just before serving. I've adapted it from the Spiced Chicken Escalopes in Simply Nigella (yes I am still obsessed with and cooking my way through that book) to make something just right for this season of 'it's almost summer but not quite' grilling. 
Barbecue Turmeric Chicken Thighs | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

An English Wine Tour and Tasting at Barnsole Vineyard, Staple

After lunch at The Duke William and a stop at the garden centre, we headed over to Staple on the drive home to visit Barnsole Vineyard, an absolute gem I stumbled across early last year. They've just launched their first English Sparkling Wine (which I am very, very excited about), so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take you on a tour of the vineyard. Since last spring Sally and Phillip, the husband and wife team who took the vineyard over a few years ago  commissioned me as one of the photographers taking photos for their new website and leaflets, so here is a little snapshot of Barnsole over the past year. 
Wine and Cheese at Barnsole Vineyard, Staple | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps