Friday, 17 August 2018

My 10 Best Tips For Cutting Down On Food Waste

Hello, I'm Rachel and I absolutely hate throwing things away. I'm that person whose freezer is full of scraps of things as it stresses me out to waste anything, and who washes out those plastic containers you get with a Chinese takeaway and uses them until they fall apart, instead of buying tupperware (they're brilliant, they come in two different sizes and stack really well in the fridge or freezer - my only issue is the Chinese, Thai and Indian around us tend to send two different brands, so sometimes I'm hunting around for the correct lid!) In interviews about my book, Student Eats I always get asked for tips on budget cooking and shopping for students, and most of these are actually about reducing food waste. So, as this is something so important to me that I never seem to share, I thought I'd put together a post with some of my best hints and tips!
My 10 Best Tips For Cutting Down On Food Waste #foodwaste

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Where To Eat If You Only Have One Night In Sarlat

While food beats at the heart of the Perigord in South West France, no where are culinary delights more important than in Sarlat - we're talking about a town who decided to turn one of their two churches into an indoor food market! Famed for their Saturday food market (I wrote about it here in 2016, and I've got a more practical post about planning your visit coming up), my biggest recommendation to get the most out of it is to stay in town the night before. This leaves you with a Friday night in Sarlat to seek out dinner, so today I'm choosing two great spots to choose from (in case one is fully booked!) for dinner where you'll find both exceptional food and the very best of local, traditional (read: duck heavy!) dishes.
Goose Gizzard Salad at La Petite Borie, Sarlat #salad #goose #sarlat #france #dordogne #perigord

Monday, 13 August 2018

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Honey, Peaches & Thyme

You know when you make a recipe for the first time then you go right ahead and make it straight away again? Take chicken thighs, an oven proof skillet or casserole dish, great quality honey, a bit of white balsamic vinegar, a splash of white wine, some beautiful ripe summer peaches and a few sprigs of fresh thyme and in just under an hour you can create something magical. Adapted from a recipe in Diana Henry's incredible book A Bird In The Hand you'll want to serve this with lots of crusty bread to mop up the incredible, caramalised juices. Oh, and the rest of the bottle of wine you opened to make the sauce, as cold as you can get it.
Roast Chicken with Honey, Peaches and Thyme #chicken #honey #peaches #thyme #dinner #summer #onepan #weeknight #lecreuset

Friday, 10 August 2018

A Sunny Saturday at the Wealden Literary Festival

Shockingly as an author before a couple of weeks ago I'd never been to a literary festival. While I wait around for Student Eats to become popular enough for me to get invited to one as a speaker, I jumped at an invitation to attend the very small, very lovely and very Kentish Wealden Literary Festival just a 40 minute drive away from where my parents live in Kent, right where they both grew up. The big excitement for me was the chance to see one of my favourite food writers, Diana Henry talk about her latest book How To Eat A Peach, but it was also a lovely opportunity to explore the beautiful private gardens at Boldshaves and get introduced to some fine makers of Kent products from a slightly different bit of the county than I usually visit.
Coxy's Kent Liquors at Wealden Literary Festival 2018