Monday, 11 December 2017

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria

A little break from Christmas shopping today, I want to tell you about a great pizza place that opened a few months ago in Canterbury that I spied while I was judging this years Christmas windows, and which provided the perfect gift hunting rest stop the other week. Chapter is a sourdough pizzeria on Burgate serving up great value, authentic pizzas, a few classics like lasagna (baked in the pizza oven) and a good cocktail list at their bar - at the moment they've got great crocks of mulled wine and cider sitting up on the counter. It would be a great place to go for dinner, but they've also got a brilliant value lunch menu where you can get a pizza and a starter or dessert (I wish we'd not been too full to try the chocolate orange mousse) for just £10!
Chapter Sourdough Pizzeria, Canterbury #pizza #canterbury #sourdough

Friday, 8 December 2017

Christmas Kitchen: Parmesan & Paprika Cocktail Stars

After my famous chocolate brownies, my most popular recipe of all time is this Classic Cheese Straws recipe. This tells that around this time of year with your cocktails (may I recommend a Pomegranate & Rosemary Spritz, a Clementine 75 or a Classic Champagne Cocktail?) is something light, slightly cheesy, slightly spicy and made of pastry? So, I thought this year I'd share a festive nibble that is even easier to make, can be made out of a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry and that will only take less than half an hour from start to finish.
Parmesan and Paprika Cocktail Stars #christmas #newyear #canape

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Christmas Kitchen: Pomegranate & Rosemary Spritz

So, today I thought I'd kick off a month of recipes for your Christmas kitchen with a light, fruity cocktail that is perfect to sip while you're getting the tree up (if you've not put it up already!) or you're wrapping presents (they'd go perfectly with a batch of my famous Classic Cheese Straws!) It works great for just the two of you or to make up a pitcher for a party crowd - you can keep the rosemary syrup in a sealed jar in the fridge so you can whip them up at short notice throughout the festive period. I always puzzle at magazine and recipe tips indicating something is suitable for last minute holiday guests, because I think in 24 years I've never had any (who just turns up at someones home unannounced?) but I've asked around and apparently they are a thing! 
Appletiser Pomegranate & Rosemary Spritz #christmas #cocktail #pomegranate | @rachelphipps

Monday, 4 December 2017

Judging Canterbury's Christmas Windows 2017

On Saturday I was honoured to be asked back for the third year to help judge Canterbury's Christmas Windows (you can see the windows in 2015 and 2016 here). It is always my favourite way to kick off the festive season, and I'm always so excited to share my photos from the afternoon with you all to kick off Christmas content here on the blog. Just a note about this years post: I can't share hundreds of photos with you all here, as much as I would like to, so I've had to be a bit ruthless of who gets included in my roundup. With the exception of Fenwick (which is not really one), and Lakeland and Waterstones (which were some of my favourite windows this year) I've not included any chains in my roundup. But, rest assured over four hours we came round to judge and appreciate every one of the 80+ shops that entered this year before we decamped for mulled wine!
Ortwin Thyssen Christmas Windows, Canterbury #christmas