Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Student Suppers: Bacon Maple Granola Soup Topper

So, I may still be able to go out most days just wearing my new, super warm and snuggly Whistles cashmere jumper, but soup season is definitely upon us. There are loads of recipes for different soups on this blog, so today I thought I'd talk about something a bit different: soup toppers. I've talked about making punchy flavoured oils to drizzle over a bowl (see my coriander lime oil that goes great with a carrot soup, or my basil oil that goes great on a tomato soup or something a bit earthier like a squash or pumpkin soup) but let me introduce you to my new favourite thing to go on every smooth soup I've lunched on recently: savoury granola.
Pea and Mint Soup with Bacon Granola | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 16 October 2017

Places To Eat In London: The Pickled Hen, Marylebone

I've got a brand new opening on the border between Marylebone and Marble Arch for your today: The Pickled Hen. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner (which is where we went one weeknight) don't let the fact it is part of a hotel put you off, the atmosphere is lovely, the dining room is stylish, the menu is imaginative (but still comforting), and the food is excellent. We went on a weeknight and had a simply lovely evening, sitting together by the window watching the rain outside with a lovely bottle of Malbec.
Chicken Tiki Masala at The Pickled Hen, Marylebone | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 13 October 2017

Weekly Love: Week 208

Finally, after a month of back and forth, I'm back home and in the kitchen. I started early at my parents house just before the kitchen they moved into was ripped out for renovations with a hyper seasonal, super delicious (the three of us polished the whole thing off over a couple of days) Maple Custard Tart from One Cook And Her Cupboard by Florence Knight. The book has never let me down when I've been looking for more of a kitchen project (though, double the cooking time for the custard depending on your oven), and I must resolve to dig into it more. Dinner last night was Lucy's One-Pan Sausage Pasta Bake which we wolfed down after heating it up (I'd made it ahead as we went to see George Osborne talk about the financial crash 10 years on - you can take a girl out of Westminster..!) and I can highly recommend so easy, and so delicious!
Weekly Love 13.010.15
1. Sunny lunchtimes wandering around Chinatown in search of steamed sweet pork buns. | 2. A simply stunning scoop of damson ice cream from Ginger's Comfort Emporium in Manchester - tasted just like crumble! | 3. Tasting the wonderful Polpo autumn cocktail menu at Ape & Bird. | 4. A fantastic brunch at Evelyn's in Manchester - full blog post coming soon! | 5. A simply stunning late, solo lunch of chicken, orange, cavelo nero and toasted almonds from Wild Goose at The Good's Shed in Canterbury. | 6. An afternoon turn around Sir John Soane's museum - more here!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Places To Eat In Manchester: Federal Cafe & Bar

This morning I want to bring you the first of two 'Places To Eat In' reviews from Manchester where I spent a couple of days at a conference a few weeks ago. After a meat-fuelled evening at Red's True Barbecue (a wonderful meal with fantastic service, sadly my pictures did not come out as well as I would have hoped) the next morning we walked into the Northern Quarter to find breakfast somewhere that came greatly recommended by readers, Instagram followers and other bloggers: Federal Bar and Cafe, a small little Aussie inspired all-day spot tucked away just past one of the city's main shopping streets.
Brunch at Federal Bar & Cafe, Manchester | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps