Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Watercress, Clementine & Pecan Salad

As we approach the New Year, I know for one that I am starting to gravitate towards fresher, lighter dishes, but still with a touch of celebration in them as we say goodbye to 2015. Here, I've got another salad that would be great for you to serve up on New Years Day as part of a spread (it serves about 10 people alongside 3 or 4 other sides), or scaled down for a simple supper after a heavy lunch. I took the inspiration and a few of the components from Waitrose Christmas Harvest Cookbook - I love these little free recipe booklets you can pick up at the check out while you're waiting to pay full of seasonal recipe ideas. 
Watercress, Clementine & Candied Festive Spiced Pecan Salad | @rachelphipps

Monday, 28 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: New Years Day Trifle

As I explained last year when I shared how I make my cranberry sauce, I marked down the first chapter of Nigella Lawson's Feast as my go-to bible for festive feasting. Along with where I have adapted my cranberry sauce recipe from, and where I get my recipe for Cherry & Clove Glazed Ham in Cherry Coke (which I plan to share my tweaks of next year), it is where I have taken my slightly adulterated New Years Day Trifle from. 
New Years Day Trifle | @rachelphipps

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Weekly Love: Week 163

Welcome to my final 'Weekly Love' of 2015. I'm not going to ramble on too much about the year that has past just yet (I've got my usual bumper round up of the year post coming up that I've been putting together for January 1st), so really I think that all that remains at this point is to wish you all, wherever you are a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy tomorrow, be sure to eat way too much stuffing and turkey, and to have a wonderful time with the people you love. I'll see you all for some New Years ideas next week. 
Weekly Love 24.12.15[1]
1. A My Name Is Yeh inspired Israeli Savoury Breakfast Salad, with a side of the Times' Dish magazine. 2. Finally getting the Christmas tree up - our hallway is now super festive, and full of copper paper wrapped presents! | 3. I had excellent fun helping to judge the first ever Canterbury Christmas Window competition - here is one of my favourite windows in the City, our Gold Award winner Queen Bee Home. | 4. Twinkly Christmas lights down Burgate in Canterbury. | 5. Recovering from the madness that is Christmas shopping two days before the big day with a family lunch at Little Joe's Deli. | 6. Knarly local carrots on Canterbury High Street.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Rachel's Hot Toddy

Mulled Wine is all very well if you're catering for a crowd, but this Christmas I've added a brand new festive warmer to our family repertoire for the chilly afternoons and evenings when there is just one or more of you: my mulled apple juice, cognac (or brandy, whichever you've got really) and cinnamon vodka laced hot toddy. Curl up with a good book in front of the fire, mug in hand, or knock together a plate of festive nibbles (hello our family Classic Cheese Straws recipe) and get set in to a good present wrapping session. 
How To Make A Hot Toddy | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Gingerbread & Pomegranate Dutch Baby

When it comes to Christmas, some people are all about the peppermint. Other people like to sprinkle cinnamon on absolutely everything, and I try to make practically every single baked good under the sun in a ginger and pomegranate version. So, when I stumbled across a recipe for Gingerbread Dutch Baby baked pancake in one of my favourite cookbooks, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, I knew it was the perfect recipe to a) break my Dutch Baby pancake virginity (why had I never made one of these before?!), and b) adapt to suit British ingredients and pile on the fresh pomegranate seeds and molasses. 
Gingerbread Dutch Baby with Pomegranate Molasses | @rachelphipps

Monday, 14 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Brown Sugar & Grand Marnier Ice Cream

One afternoon, I wanted to make ice cream. I had cream and milk in the fridge, but I could not really be bothered to go to the supermarket for additional ingredients. I had not the supplies to make my Mint Aero Ice Cream, Eton Mess Ice Cream or Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Ice Cream. However, inspired by the last option I did have brown sugar, and my mother suggested I add a dash of Grand Marnier from the dusty bottle we have stashed in the back of the dinning room cupboard. Thus, my new favourite ice cream flavour was born. 
Brown Sugar & Grand Marnier Ice Cream | @rachelphipps

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Christmas Kitchen: Easy DIY Gin & Dill Cured Salmon

These 100% from scratch cured salmon, crème fraîche and dill bilinis look super professional and super complicated, right? Well, no actually. These take no special kitchen skill, specialist ingredients or equipment. They only take a little bit of time and patience, and are the perfect make ahead then assemble canapé for holiday gatherings. And stepping aside from these nibbles, if you just want to stick to the salmon, who doesn't want a piled plate of salmon you've impressively cured yourself stashed in the fridge over Christmas week?
From Scratch Gin & Dill Cured Salmon Bilinis | @rachelphipps

Monday, 7 December 2015

Judging Canterbury's Christmas Windows

On Saturday afternoon, after steaming cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate at Refectory Kitchen, I and a group of other local judges set out for a walk around the city with the team from Canterbury BID to judge the first of what promises to be a cracking annual Christmas window competition, with shops, businesses and restaurants all over the city getting into the holiday spirit with some rather creative window displays.
Steamer Trading Christmas Windows, Canterbury | @rachelphipps

Friday, 4 December 2015

Weekly Love: Week 162

Happy December everyone! 'Tis officially the season for mulled wine, pine trees and brightly coloured wrapping paper. While this year I've been doing my best to get into the festive spirit with all manner of treats, decorations and hopefully music (once I get my Michael Bublé Christmas playlist sorted, that is), I don't blame those of you who are not totally into the festive spirit yet. So, if you check out the first half of links in this edition of Weekly Love, you'll find some of my favourite tips, recipes and DIY's for the season, while in the second half I've kept it casual with usual programming and the like. Enjoy!
Weekly Love 4.12.15[1]
1. Salt Beef Bagels and Steak Rainbow Wraps at Little Joe's Deli in Canterbury. | 2. Picking out a Christmas tree snuggled up in my brand new, super warm and uber soft Joules oversized blanket scarf. | 3. Tucking into Pieminster's 'Three Kings' Turkey, Bacon & Parsnip pie which basically tastes like Christmas. | 4. Winter veg outside the greengrocers. | 5. Stunning ruby red pomegranates, again outside the greengrocers, this time on Deal High Street. | 6. A steaming mug of Spiced Apple Tea and my favourite White Company 'Winter' candle in a hot bubble bath.

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 | @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 | @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 | @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 | @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.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Bumper Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Now it really is time to start thinking about Christmas shopping, I thought I'd do something a little different with my Christmas gift guides this year. Instead of posting separate guides for different types of people, I thought I'd put together guides by price. Everything costs £50 or under, and I've put together a guide for gifts £10 and under (great for stocking fillers), gifts £25 and under (perfect for friends) and £50 and under (perfect for family and loved ones), as well as a guys gift guide at the bottom (because they are always the hardest to shop for!) I hope you find these helpful shopping for the people in your life this holiday season!
Under £10 - Christmas Gift Guide 2015 | @rachelphipps 

Monday, 16 November 2015

Shop Visit: Urbanic Paper Boutique, Abbot Kinney Boulevard

I've been holding out on you with the last post from my trip to Los Angeles this Spring. However, I wanted to keep this post to tie in with my theme of festive gifting this week (stay tuned for my Bumper Christmas Gift Guide online on Wednesday!) and share with you a little look around probably my favourite store in Los Angeles: Urbanic Paper Boutique, located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. If you happen to be stateside (or shopping online) for your festive gifts anytime in the next month or so, Urbanic is where it's at. I also had the chance to sit down with the store owner, Audrey Woollen, to chat about the store and its neighbourhood. 
Ahoy Matches at Urbanic Paper Boutique, Los Angeles | @rachelphipps

Friday, 13 November 2015

Places To Eat In London: No. 11 Pimlico Road, Belgravia

People are always asking me for restaurant recommendations near Victoria station. Until now I've never been forthcoming as I'd never found anywhere good, but today I want to introduce you to a great spot only 7 minutes walk away from the station: No. 11 Pimlico Road. It is one of those great, airy restaurants that has an impressive looking breakfast and brunch menu, a good selection of bigger dishes for lunches and evenings, and a great spread of smaller bites to pair with their mouthwatering cocktail list. Perfect any time of the day.
Crostini at No. 11 Pimlico Road, London | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Student Suppers: Easy Avocado Spaghetti

As a fan of quick pasta dishes, avocados and the internet, it was only a matter of time before I shared a recipe for avocado spaghetti with you all. Let us be honest there; it's Autumn. Not quite Winter yet, but there are still evenings when all you want to do is snuggle up in a blanket with a nice big bowl of pasta to watch Grey's Anatomy without feeling heavy afterwards (I'm a real pasta fan, but courgetti would work too!)
Easy Avocado Spaghetti | @rachelphipps

Monday, 9 November 2015

10 Instagram Accounts You Need To Be Following

While we all know that my favourite social media platform is Pinterest, my love for pinning all things pretty is only marginally greater than my ever growing love for Instagram. I think before Instagram was a platform where the sorts of people I wanted to follow online (other than my friends, other bloggers) posted snapshots of their day to day in order to promote their own websites. However, I love that Instagram has now become a place people put as much thought into original and engaging content for. So, I thought it would be a good time to share with you 10 of my favourite accounts; a mix of snapshots from people who create pretty pictures elsewhere online, and a few Instagrams that are fantastic stand alone sites in their own right.
symmetrybreakfast on Instagram

Friday, 6 November 2015

Steamed Dumplings & Pat Bing Soo in Koreatown, Los Angeles

In Korean-American food and drink culture the idea is to keep on eating until you feel full and then keep on going. I read somewhere once that if you're still either hungry or sober at the end of an evening in Koreatown you're doing it wrong. Well, while day drinking by yourself in 28 degree heat is rarely a good idea, with a day to kill while I was staying in Koreatown until I met a friend for drinks at a Venice wine bar, I decided that the eating part of this food philosophy sounded perfectly good to me; it was time to discover some of the other food in Los Angeles' Koreatown outside of my favourite Korean barbecue joints.
Pao Jao Dumpling House, Koreatown | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Recipe: How To Make Raspberry Gin

As regular readers will know, I'm a massive fan of infusing my own gin at home. I'm working on perfecting a damson gin recipe, and one of the most important tasks of my year is making batches of sloe gin from the berries that live here on the farm. However, I'm aware that for those of you who don't live in the countryside like me have difficulties getting hold of ingredients such as sloes and damsons for your gin making. So, I want to introduce you to a recipe I came across a few months ago for how to make your own raspberry gin.
How To Make Raspberry Gin | @rachelphipps

Monday, 2 November 2015

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Little Joe's Deli [Now Closed]

When I ran into Sam Deeson (the guy behind one of my favourite Canterbury restaurants Deeson's, and everyone's favourite local shopfront and street food outfit Pork & Co.) at the Canterbury Food Festival a few weeks ago he told me that he'd taken over the shop front next to the Cathedral gates that used to be Hawkins Bazaar, and that he'd be selling pies, mash, grilled cheese and some other New York style deli items out of it.
Lunch at Little Joe's Deli, Canterbury | @rachelphipps

Friday, 30 October 2015

Weekly Love: Week 160 + Design Your Own Pair Of Wellies

While I may not be out brunching at London's hottest spots each weekend now I no longer live in the big city, that does not mean that I don't still brunch at the weekends. Over on the Borough Market blog this month (as well as sharing my recipe for Beetroot and Potato Fritters with Poached Duck Eggs) I've run through a few of my tips for quick and easy brunches to make at home. You can find my tips here
Weekly Love 30.10.15[1]
1. Having lunch for the first time at the brand new Little Joe's Deli in Canterbury - full review to follow next week! | 2. Autumn leaves blowing across Canterbury High Street. | 3. 5 o'Clock refreshment courtesy of Greenwich's Meantime Brewery. | 4. Toasting to the last Sunday in october with a  | 5. Harvesting sloes for this years batch of Sloe Gin - I can't wait for it to be ready in January !| 6. Gorging on a veritable mountain of chicken at Elsie Mo's Diner in Canterbury.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Places To Eat In London: Murakami, Covent Garden [Now Closed]

At least a couple of years ago now I promised my friends and fellow Japanese food/ green tea ice cream lover Eddie that the first sushi restaurant I was invited to review, I would invite him along as well. So, Saturday lunch time found us both sitting down to cocktails, a veritable feast of sushi and other Japanese delights at Murakami in Covent Garden. Incidentally, it has taken me this long to get over the trauma of testing out different supermarket sushi sets for The Debrief to actually want to eat sushi again for my lunch.
Lunch at Murakami, Covent Garden | @rachelphipps

Monday, 26 October 2015

Halloween Treats: Homemade Halloween Party Rings

It probably comes as no surprise that someone who was as obsessed as I was with Harry Potter as a kid (okay, I pretty much still am) absolutely loves Halloween. While Halloween does fall on a Saturday this year, I've still got a fair bit of work to do. So, to make up for that my colleagues and I have been gorging on these fun, Halloween coloured party rings I've been baking and brining into the office over the past week or so.
How To Make Homemade Party Rings | @rachelphipps

Friday, 23 October 2015

Places To Eat In London: KIN, Clerkenwell

Lunches in London usually fall into two distinct categories for me now that I'm no longer actually living in the city. Either I'm after somewhere for a long, leisurely meal with lots of good food, wine and cocktails with friends (see most recently my new favourite Sunday spot, John Doe in Westbourne Park) or somewhere with good, quick food that you can share over conversation with good soft drinks, that work for lunch meetings. The girls at Hope & Glory PR let me choose where we'd eat for our meeting the other week, and I think we ended up stumbling across a working lunch gem: KIN on Leather Lane in Clerkenwell.  
Lunchtime Noodles at KIN, Clerkenwell | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

How I Earn Money Off Of My Blog (2015 Edition)

After you all took so much interest in the posts I wrote in 2013 and 2014 about how I make money blogging, I thought it was about time again that I sat down to have a look at where exactly my income is coming from, especially now once some of the dust has settled from some of the bigger changes that have come to how bloggers bring in revenue this year. For example, Pinterest's changes which made it harder to monetize the platform with affiliate and pay per click links from platforms such as rewardStyle and Shopstyle
How I Make Money Of Of My Blog | @rachelphipps

Monday, 19 October 2015

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Elsie Mo's Diner [Now Closed]

Over the Summer I heard whispers that not one, but two American style diners were set to open in Canterbury this Autumn. Obviously, now I no longer live in London so I can no longer hang out at The Diner at weekends, this news got me rather excited. Now one of these diners is rather pedestrian (Ed's Diner in Whitefriars), but the other was a complete unknown: enter the brightly coloured, all American Elsie Mo's Diner on Burgate.  
Chicken to share at Elsie Mo's Diner, Canterbury | @rachelphipps

Friday, 16 October 2015

Weekly Love: Week 159

I'm officially in hunt of all things snuggly. On Monday I somehow managed to get absolutely frozen to the bone, and it took forever to get warm again. As a result, since I've been seeking fuzzy bed socks, big bowls of roasted vegetable soup and I've dug out my UCLA Alumni sweatshirt which is only just too big for me to be super comfortable to throw over my pyjamas in the evening. I've also switched to my thicker, Winter duvet. Please tell me that I'm not the only one who has different duvets for Summer and Winter?
Weekly Love 16.10.15[1]
1. Stomping around the farm in my favourite purple Hunter wellingtons. | 2. Planning my upcoming Autumn/ Winter blog posts in my Bloggers Planner. They are customisable, and my favourite features so far are the pages where I can plan out my posts and make sure I have not forgotten to put them on social media, my stats tracker I fill in at the end of every month, and the fact you can choose which month of the year you can start it on. | 3. Crisp Autumn afternoon walks through the Kentish countryside. | 4. Baking party rings from James Morton's How Baking Works - they went down a storm in the office! | 5. Pumpkins stacked up on Deal High Street. | 6. Sunday morning brunching on Chilaquiles made from Mexican leftovers - we'd had fajitas the night before!

Weekly Love 16.10.15
7. A delicious working lunch at KIN in Clerkenwell (full review to follow next week!) | 8. Yet more beautiful Autumn, Kentish countryside light. | 9. Maple Pecan Rolls with Homemade Maple Caramel from this months Waitrose Food magazine. | 10. On Wednesday I previewed all of the goodies Marks & Spencer will have in store this Christmas, and I'm now super excited. These beautiful pearls are actually salmon mousse - perfect for a festive starter. They'll cost £6 for two. | 11. Roaring fire in my local pub. | 12. Obligatory boot/ floor selfie on the beautiful tiles at Enoteca Rabezzana in Barbican.

What have you been enjoying this weekend, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Aside from my usual kitchen experiments, I've got a work thing this evening that means dressing up, which I'm actually rather looking forward to - I genuinely don't think that I've worn a formal dress in over a year, and I have these snazzy new heels from Boden I've been waiting to give an outing to. 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Places To Eat In Los Angeles: Petit Trois, Hollywood

Okay, so I may have been sitting on a few Los Angeles posts for you all while I wrote about my travels over the Summer. For my last meal out in Los Angeles this past trip, there was only one restaurant I was ever going to consider. Ever since it first opened back when I was living in the city, Trois Mec headed up by the chef that all people who really know about food have heard of, Ludo Lefebvre has been probably the one restaurant I wanted to eat in the most. Okay, so while I still did not manage to get a ticket for dinner, they've opened up a little bistro next door. Still one of the hardest places to get into in Los Angeles, a small, no reservations eatery in Hollywood is just about doable if you've got enough patience and you don't mind waiting around a bit.
Garlic Snails at Petit Trois, Hollywood

Monday, 12 October 2015

How To Make Any Delicious Green Smoothie

Before kale and coconut oil became all the rage, and we all went out to buy the Hemsley + Hemsley book, I lived in Southern California. This essentially means that a big glass of something green and  on a semi-regular basis is not just a health statement for me, but something I crave. While it is not really possible to create cold pressed juices at home, smoothies (especially at breakfast time before I go to work or at the weekend to keep me going until supper time after a big brunch) are a totally different matter. 
Good Green Breakfast Smoothie | @rachelphipps

Friday, 9 October 2015

The Icelandic Pantry at Borough Market

If you're after something different to do this weekend, hop on the tube to London Bridge to check out The Icelandic Pantry at Borough Market. Today and tomorrow the enclosed section of the market next to the street food is playing host to a whole spectrum of suppliers and artisan producers from Iceland, bringing the unique and historical flavours of the North I so fell in love with when I visited Iceland to London. 
Market Stalls at The Icelandic Pantry, Borough Market

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Immune Boosting Autumn Tasting Menu at The Ambrette

After a mad morning at work reviewing the local papers last week I dashed off just before lunch to Canterbury in order to sit down with a couple of other local journalists to try Dev Biswal's exciting new Autumn tasting menu at The Ambrette (my favourite place to go for modern Indian in East Kent), which is geared towards using ingredients that don't only taste delicious, but are designed to boost your immune system to stave off the cold and flu as we move into the final few, slightly colder and wetter months of the year.
Confit Duck Amuse Bouche at The Ambrette, Canterbury | @rachelphipps

Monday, 5 October 2015

Student Suppers: Eggy Bread with Grilled Cherry Tomatoes

While I'm sometimes pressed for time meeting deadlines, I now find that as I'm working several days a week I'm enjoying cooking and planning my meals a bit more on the days when I am at home in a way that I haven't since I lived in London. I'm pretty sure this chalks up to where I buy my ingredients. When I was living in London, as a Borough Market columnist I was there all the time, as well as picking up the odd bits of pieces at other stores I came to love around the city, such as Daylesford Organic in Notting Hill. Unfortunately, a lot to do with convenience, moving out of the city I became more and more reliant on supermarkets. 
Eggy Bread with Roasted Tomatoes | @rachelphipps

Friday, 2 October 2015

Weekly Love: Week 158

Happy Autumn everyone! Welcome to the season for cashmere jumpers that can be worn without a coat, cozy scarves, cute ankle boots and big glasses of red wine. While the leaves are still on the trees they're starting to turn beautiful auburn shades in patches, and golden ruby light has been streaming through my bedroom windows from the blood red sunrise as I get ready for the work in the mornings. It is also the season for long and luxurious hot baths, preferably on a Sunday afternoon with Lush's Floating Island bath melt (white so it does not stain my cream bathroom carpet), which leaves me so relaxed my limbs are like jelly. 
Weekly Love 02.10.15[1]
1. Perfect Pomegranate White Iced Tea on Deal seafront from Hope & Lane. | 2. Weekend bath time with white chocolate Kinder Bueno (#ad) and my current candle, Freesia by Diptyque. I've been especially enjoying this beautiful floral scent because it only cost me £15, as I had a £25 voucher from my Liberty loyalty card to spend. It is free to sign up and there is a great return, so I'd really recommend it! | 3. Shooting ahead of the harvest at Barnsole Vineyard at Staple, near Canterbury. I can't wait for their new website to launch next Spring along with their first English sparkling wine - I've done all of their promotional photography! | 4. A perfect Neapolitan from That's Amore Pizza Co. at Canterbury Food Festival. | 5. Perfect avocado and bacon toast at KITCH in Canterbury, flipping through a few healthy eating cookbooks I don't have on my shelves.  | 6. A Sweet Potato Dumpling with a Pomegranate, Mango and Ginger Extract as part of The Ambrette's immune boosting Autumn tasting menu, a full review to follow later this month.

Weekly Love 02.10.15[2]
7. A pitch perfect Pear Tart Tatine with Elderflower Custard at The Compasses Inn at Crundale, near Canterbury. | 8. Afternoon walks through the countryside in the Autumn sunshine. | 9. Infused waters in the Boohoo Lounge at The Apartment where I stopped in for meetings during London Fashion Week. | 10. A platter full of post-work starters at Thai Time in Sandwich. | 11. This is just one of the two wheelbarrows of squashes we've grown to gorge on this Autumn. Recipe suggestions would be much appreciated! | 12. Roast Octopus, Chickpeas and Aioli to start at John Doe in Westbourne Grove.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm going to be cooking up a storm this weekend for a very exciting project I've just started work on. Hopefully the weather will hold so I'll manage to fit in a good number of country walks too! 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Weekend In Edinburgh & the Scottish Borders

Approximately a month after I returned from Glasgow I was back at London City Airport, this time off to spend the weekend in Edinburgh and in the Scottish Borders with the guys from Scotch Beef & Scotch Lamb. I'm glad I got to see both of Scotland's two main cities within the same span of a few weeks, as it really gave me a feel for a part of England I'd never really discovered before. While Glasgow is all about the new, Edinburgh smacks more of Scotland's rich history and I think makes the perfect place for a food and exploration filled city break.
Coloured Houses in Edinburgh | @rachelphipps

Monday, 28 September 2015

Places To Eat In Edinburgh: Timberyard

On our first evening in Edinburgh we all got dressed up and headed for dinner in the beautifully appointed private room at Timberyard, somewhere I'd wholeheartedly recommend if you're in the city for a special occasion. The restaurant is a beautiful space with lots of hidden corners, a wonderful herb garden and a wonderful atmosphere once the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit to flicker against the walls.
Private Room at Timberyard, Edinburgh

Friday, 25 September 2015

Places To Eat In London: John Doe, Westbourne Park [Now Closed]

The other weekend over a sunny Saturday lunchtime my friend Edward and I were invited along to have lunch at John Doe in Westbourne Park. Not a part of town either of us know very well, we wandered around the weekend market for a bit before sitting down for a lovely bottle of Portuguese white wine and a three course meal cooked without gas; the chefs at John Doe cook everything using the heat from either wood or charcoal, going back to traditional cooking techniques, but taking inspiration from world cuisine. 
Roe Deer Steak & Bone Marrow at John Doe, Westbourne Park | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Cocktail Hour: Wine Glass Moscow Mules

One of the greater impediments to perfectly replicating my favourite bar and restaurant cocktails at home is my lack of proper glassware. We have many different types of wine glasses (yes, we are one of those households who have different glasses for red wine and for white wine), sherry glasses, champagne flutes and martini glasses. Then a load of functional, but not really photographically inspiring tumblers. Up on my props shelf I have two more prettier champagne flutes, two small tumblers and two larger blue tinted glasses. And thats it. No coupes and most definitely no pretty copper mule mugs
Wine Glass Moscow Mules | @rachelphipps

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Creating A Portable Desk Space with Kinder Bueno (Ad)

In case you had not caught it when I mentioned it in passing here on the blog, or on social media I'm not actually blogging full time anymore. I made the decision for a variety of different reasons, but I'm really happy with what I'm doing now. I'm still running my blog as a business and freelancing, but I'm now also working for an MP. I was probably kidding myself when I kept on saying I was not going to seek a political job after university, because I'm loving every minute of it. On that vein, I thought this would be a great opportunity to take stock and share with you a few of my work essentials you'll usually find around my desk space.
How To Create A Portable Desk Space

Friday, 18 September 2015

Weekly Love: Week 157

Does anyone know how exactly we're supposed to dress for this weather? I leave the house in a coat in the pouring rain, and by lunchtime I'm walking into town for a bite to eat having discarded the jacket and donning my sunglasses. I'm wearing jumpers to the office, and sometimes I'm too warm, and other times I'm wrapping myself in my scarf because I'm chilly. If any of you have any foolproof transitional dressing tips, I'm all ears!
1. Divine Orange & Poppyseed Gelato at Mary's Milk Bar in Edinburgh. | 2. Kate Doran's Homemade Memories and Lindt's new Orange Lindor Truffles. | 3. Saturday afternoons in Edinburgh. | 4. Scotch beef charcuterie on a farm in the Scottish Borders. | 5. Aberdeen Angus in the fields in the Scottish Borders. | 6. Simply divine gluten free vegetable quiche from the Pop Up Cafe on Deal High Street.

7. Pretty blue doorways in Edinburgh. | 8. Country walks to the postbox in my little corner of East Kent. | 9. Brunching on homemade baked beans baked with eggs and orange juice with the Sunday papers. | 10. Walking along the sea at Sandwich Bay. | 11. A simply divine Saturday lunchtime at The Compasses Inn at Crundale, near Canterbury. | 12. Making a pilgrimage to The Elephant House, the cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm up to London tomorrow to do a restaurant review for you all and to swing by the LFW The Apartment (be sure to come and say hi if you see me there!), and then a quiet day at home on Sunday getting everything ready for the week. 

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Places To Eat In Edinburgh: The Scran and Scallie

Aside from getting to learn all sorts of things about Scotch meat I did not know before, and getting to discover a new city, one of the things I enjoyed the most about my recent trip to Edinburgh with Scotch Beef and Lamb was the opportunity to try a couple of restaurants that are Edinburgh institutions. Stay tuned for a review of Timberyard and a full post from the trip with lots of pictures of the city and Aberdeen Angus cows. But first, let me take you to dinner at The Scran and Scallie, the more relaxed sibling to Tom Kitchin's famous Kitchin.
Roasted Bone Marrow & Ox Tongue on Sourdough at The Scran and Scallie, Edinburgh | @rachelphipps

Monday, 14 September 2015

Cookbook Corner: A Change Of Appetite by Diana Henry + Boozy Gin & Tonic Jellies with Fresh Blueberries

Something we always like to have after supper each night, but never seem to put enough thought into is dessert. Yes, there is the occasional crumble if there is a particular glut of home grown raspberries, rhubarb or plums, but aside from that more often than not it is homemade ice cream or a Magnum from the freezer. But really, there are desserts that look impressive, but don't actually require that much effort with some forward planning. Today I wanted to share with you a dessert we've been enjoying here after supper a couple of times over the past few weeks (but would be equally suited to a dinner party), and a cookbook I received for Christmas and I've been rather enjoying over the past 8 months.
Gin & Tonic Jellies with Fresh Blueberries from Diana Henry's A Change Of Appetite | @rachelphipps

Friday, 11 September 2015

Places To Eat In London: Wright Brothers, Borough Market

Last week I stretched my Bank Holiday out a little by heading up to London for a totally work free day on the Tuesday. I'd had tickets to see the Oresteia at The Globe Theatre since the box office opened, so to make our little Mummy/ daughter theatre trip complete, I decided to book us in for lunch at Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House just by Borough Market after a turn around some of the stalls. As it is only a 10 minute walk from the market to the theatre, it is the perfect spot of pre or post-theatre eats. 
Seafood Sharing Lunch at Wright Brothers, Borough Market | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Cookbook Corner: River Cottage Light & Easy and One Pot Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentils and Rosemary

The first 'Autumnal' recipe I made for dinner this year was this simply fantastic recipe for chicken thighs, roasted in a big casserole dish with red lentils and onions until the lentils became crispy around the edges and soft like mashed potato in the middle which I became obsessed with making from the River Cottage Light & Easy book last Autumn. While the dish is still from a 'light' cookbook (we have so many of those these days) you still get the crisp chicken skins where they have been exposed during cooking, and that comforting feeling you want on a wet and stormy evening without that heavy feeling afterwards. 
River Cottage Light & Easy Cookbook Review | @rachelphipps

Friday, 4 September 2015

Weekly Love: Week 156

Hello September! I know this seems funny to hear this from a sun-chaser such as myself, but I've actually been quite looking forward to Autumn this year, for all the cozy cooking, Winter boots and cashmere jumpers. So, what have I been up to? Flying the flag for my little corner of the world, over at Buzzfeed I've written another local food guide: 31 Things You Must Eat In East Kent. As you'll probably see from the post my new favourite places for food are Deal and Walmer, as they're within walking distance from my office, so you should probably expect some blog posts from there popping up over the next few months. Also, I'm off to Edinburgh this weekend, so be sure to follow me on Instagram for foodie updates!
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1. Walking home along Southbank after a performance of the Oresteia at the Globe Theatre. It was a pretty great performance, and they still have some tickets left if you have a free afternoon or evening you're looking to fill. | 2. Sunday night bubble baths with rose petals, my newest scented candle (Freesia from Diptyque) and my favourite new (super great value) lavender and lily cream baths from M&S. | 3. French patisserie on display at Borough Market. | 4. Walking past one of my favourite houses I discovered during the election in Walmer, which is always beautifully in bloom. | 5. English rhubarb, Victoria plums, courgettes, tomatoes, green beans and spring onions from the vegetable plot. | 6. Plump Kent strawberries for sale on Deal High Street.

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7. A lunch of the creamiest buffalo milk mozzarella, home grown tomatoes, pea shoots and lots of extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper. | 8. Kent Victoria plums, again for sale outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 9. Setting up to shoot my recipe for Korean Barbecue-style Steak Tacos. | 10. Griddling home grown tomatoes and spring onions to use in a barbecue steak sauce - it adds such a wonderful smokey flavour. | 11. French pate and bread from No Name Shop in Sandwich, paired with French olives, home grown tomatoes and French wine for weekend lunch on the patio. | 12. Lemon, Poppyseed and Olive Oil muffins from James Morton's How Baking Works - recipe and book review coming soon!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm heading North of the border with a whole group of other blogger girls, so as well as following me on Instagram, be sure to follow Kristabel, Lucy, Kim, Lucie, Lisette, Sarah-Louise and Kate to stay updated with our trip.