Monday, 29 August 2016

Cocktail Hour: The Classic French 75

While on my bar cart I have one type of tequila, one type of rum and one type of vodka, I am always collecting different gins for their different flavour profiles so I can best pair them with the recipe at hand. Currently I have a beautifully savoury Gin Mare for my elderflower gin and tonics, the very botanical The Botanist for when I really want the flavour of my gin to pack a punch, as well as my latest addition: my latest bottle of London Dry gin that comes in this simply stunning blue bottle I was sent by Slingsby Gin.
French 75's | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 26 August 2016

Recipe: Skinny Tomato & Turmeric Cod with Cauliflower Rice

It is getting to that point in the year where we have all had probably one too many ice creams, barbecues, bottles of beer and pitchers of mojitos over the summer, and we're looking for quick, easy, bright and delicious weeknight suppers that also happen to be super healthy, to get stuck into before this weekends Bank Holiday. So, today I want to share an old favourite my Mum has been making for weeknights for years, her Skinny Tomato & Turmeric Cod, and our new favourite (which I honestly can't believe I even like, let alone love), a little late to the party I know, Cauliflower Rice all jazzed up with spring onion and pomegranate.
Skinny Tomato Turmeric Cod with Cauliflower Pomegranate Rice | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Recipe: Easy Ice Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

Happy Great British Bake Off Day everyone! If you still don't have your baked goods ready for tonights premier, I've got you covered. These super easy ice cream sandwiches made with your favourite tub from the freezer cabinet sandwiched between two, perfectly proportioned homemade chocolate cookies (with a hint of smoked sea salt) can either be assembled ready to eat, a couple of hours ahead of time, or the cookie dough can be stashed in the freezer for freshly baked cookies in under 15 minutes. Awesome, right?
Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 22 August 2016

Places To Eat In London: Dim Sum at Royal China, Baker Street

After our disappointment up the Shard at Hutong, I've found somewhere in London that does great, affordable, authentic dim sum: Royal China's Dim Sum outpost on Baker Street. Okay so it is not one of those flashy, pretty restaurants I normally review (it is one of those, dark, traditional Chinese restaurants with low lights and white table cloths, so I'm sorry the pictures are not as clear as usual), but when I was invited along to review their lunchtime dim sum menu, we were treated to delivery after delivery of dumpling goodness. 
Prawn & Coriander Dumplings at Royal China, Baker Street | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 19 August 2016

Weekly Love: Week 149

One of my favourite things about summer is not just the sunshine, longer days and fantastic, bright, vibrant food, but that friends seem to all manage to have time off at the same time as each other. This means we can spend lazy, sun-drenched weekends lazing around each others gardens, go out for big brunches outside of the city, and barbecue all together with our families on Monday evenings after those of us who live outside of the city have finished work for the day. The world always seems so much brighter when you've had the opportunity to spend plenty of time with the people you love that you don't get to see every day.
Weekly Love 19.08.16[1]
1. Celebrating National Rum Day with cocktails at The Rum Kitchen on Kingley Court. I wasn't eating, but the food looked fantastic and my drink was wonderful, so I'll be sure to head back to do a review sometime soon! | 2. Mastering the art of the perfect pitcher Mojitos to drink over lazy Sundays in the garden. Oh, and I'm now officially in love with this perfectly sized jug from Emma Bridgewater. | 3. Sunday brunching at The Pop-up Cafe in Deal. | 4. Breaking down and barbecuing a rack of lamb, marinated in lemon, olive oil and rosemary. | 5. Mid-afternoon weekend feasting on a side of citrus poached salmon (with Kewpie mayo!), homemade garlic bread, boiled new potatoes, and a garden salad with a homemade honey mustard dressing. | 6. Exploring new gins with classic gin cocktails at The London Gin Club in Soho.