Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites

Okay, so I may have shamelessly ripped the idea for this recipe from the Christmas section of the M&S Food Hall this year, but who can think of anything better than slightly rosemary scented balls of sage and onion sausage stuffing, wrapped in bacon and topped off with a tart cranberry cooked alongside your Christmas turkey? In our family Christmas stuffing is not Christmas stuffing if it is not made with a certain sausage meat in a certain way, so I thought re-creating these little bites would be the perfect excuse to share our recipe.
Bacon Wrapped Christmas Stuffing Bites | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 27 November 2015

Places To Eat In London: Dirty Bones, Carnaby Street

How many of you have sat down in a restaurant in a capital city after work over the past two weeks and really thought about where you were? When I lived in London I was eating out at least a couple of times a week in the packed city centre, enjoying myself with friends, and I still grab a bite and a couple of drinks after work when I can in the city. If you've thought twice about making dinner plans in the fortnight since the simply horrific attacks in Paris where ordinary people were murdered out enjoying a Friday night out with friends, don't. How better to honour their memory than to keep on enjoying the things that are a part of our way of life that they are no longer able to, and that the people who killed them seek to eradicate?
Dirty Bones, Carnaby Street | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Why I Am Happy That I'm No Longer A Full Time Blogger

I thought today I’d scribble down a few thoughts on full time blogging. I read a study last year that over 90% of women under the age of 24 who start a fashion or lifestyle blog now do it with the dream of it becoming a full time job. Some of you may remember when I wrote this post back in May last year when I finished university and I announced that I would be blogging full time I was so excited by the prospect. However, a year and a half since I wrote that post, and a couple of months into my new part time job, I thought I’d share why I found that living the blogging dream was not necessarily all it was cracked up to be.
Why I Am Happy That I'm No Longer A Full Time Blogger | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 23 November 2015

Recipe: Korean Pork Belly Bun Bowls

Living in Los Angeles, I picked up a love for Korean food, but due to the availability of ingredients (though I have managed to make do with some approximations) and the prevalence of very good, but not quite authentic Korean restaurants over here, I've found it hard to get my fix. One of the biggest road blocks was that up until this month, it has been impossible to buy Gochujang (Korean chilli sauce) in a British supermarket. However, some stores have risen to the challenge, so in collaboration with Yogiyo! (a Dragon's Den start up who have brought mild Gochujang, medium Gochujang for cooking and Galbi Fruity Soy Marinade to Sainsbury's stores) I thought I'd share with you a simple, bright and delicious recipe using Gochujang.
Korean Pork Belly Bun Bowls | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 20 November 2015

Weekly Love: Week 161

Cooking for the season is just as much about using Autumnal colours as Autumnal flavours. This month in my Borough Market column I've charted my adventures in making no-knead pizza dough (if you've made no-knead bread before, no it is not as easy as it sounds) in order to make this No-Knead Wild Mushroom, Caramelised Onion and Ricotta (my new pizza and toast topping obsession) Pizza. It is made in a sharing size, and is perfect topped off with an indulgent drizzle of truffle oil. Yes, I'm the person who has turned up at someones home as a guest with a little bottle of white truffle oil as a gift for my host, rather than a bottle of wine.
Weekly Love 20.11.15[1]
1. A steaming mug of Spiced Apple Tea in this adorable mug the team at Joules popped over to me, featuring Peggy the Hen. | 2. A sort of Full English breakfast featuring homemade hash browns, and whatever I happened to have in the fridge. | 3. Autumn leaves falling thick and fast on the trees. | 4. Shooting something of an Asian persuasion for the blog next week. | 5. Crisp and crunchy Kentish apples outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 6. Editing photos with a pineapple and sage mojito in hand at No. 11 Pimlico Road.