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!