Wednesday, 7 December 2016

10 Easy Christmas Recipes To Kick Off The Holiday Season

So now we've done the Christmas gift guides, and I've shown you all the beautiful Christmas windows in Canterbury where I was helping judge their annual competition again this year, it is time for Christmas food. I've got lots of new recipes to share with you over the next few weeks, but I thought I would run through some of my festive recipes from the past few years, to help you plan your seasonal menus over the festive period!
Bacon Wrapped Cranberry Stuffing Bites | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 5 December 2016

Judging Canterbury's Christmas Windows 2016

On Saturday I was honoured to be asked to help judge the Canterbury Christmas Windows again this year (you can see all of the windows we judged last year here), so I spent the afternoon with a cup of hot peppermint tea and a clipboard checking out the simply beautiful displays shopkeepers have put together all over the city for Christmas. There were so many fantastic entries, and there would be about 100 photos in this post if I showed them all to you, so to help you get into the festive spirit I thought I'd share a few of my favourites!
Burgate Coffeehouse Christmas Windows 2016, Canterbury | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 2 December 2016

Weekly Love: Week 187

Happy December everyone! 'Tis the season for steaming cups of mulled wine in cozy London pubs (already ticked that one off of my list this week!), advent calendars, twinkly lights and The White Company's 'Winter' scented candle. My diary is already packed with festive fun (and I still need to pencil in time to go and pick out the Christmas tree, and to go and see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!), and I already have a massive list of seasonal eats I can't wait to get into the kitchen to create. If you're looking for some seasonal inspiration, you can find all of my festive blog posts here, and you can find my festive Pinterest board here
Weekly Love 01.12.16[1]
1. Deathly cold, but beautifully clear and sunny days walking around London. | 2. Brunching during my lunch break on Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict at Hope & Lane in Walmer. | 3. Beautiful climbing Autumn foliage, everywhere. | 4. Egg Pots and Skinny Bunny Smoothies at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 5. Neon lights at night on Canterbury High Street. | 6. Monday night supper at the Pork & Co. cafe, again in Canterbury!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Places To Eat In London: Samarkand, Fitzrovia

I have a simply fantastic new spot for you for pre-Christmas drinks or dinner, or even to book ahead so you have something to look forward to in the midst of the January blues: Samarkand in Fitzrovia. This hidden, basement bar and Uzbek (!) restaurant is just around the corner from Goodge Street Station, and has an elegant (but still really cool and comfortable) feel, with fantastic service, great food (it manages to be both new and familiar, and everything we ate was mouthwatering), and imaginative cocktails. 
Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib with Picked Red Cabbage & Pomegranate Glaze at Samarkand, Fitzrovia | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps