Happy September everyone! So I must admit that I have given in, and if you follow me on Instagram (@missrachelphipps) I've started posting Instagram Stories over the past few days. I'm giving a bit more of a snapshot into my day to day life (and more importantly, what I'm eating day to day) than I've given before, and I'm really excited about the new format to show you guys a little bit more of what goes on in my kitchen and behind the scenes here on the blog. So, be sure to follow me to make sure you don't miss out on my updates!
1. Long country walks on the last day of Summer. | 2. Taco night at home with Wahaca, who have launched their delicious new taco kits in Tescos. | 3. Waffles and sweet potato cakes for breakfast at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 4. Lunch on a blistering hot day: antipasto miso, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, sun blush tomatoes and pieces of a rustic loaf. | 5. Lobster night at The Duke William in Ickham. | 6. Homemade rhubarb and cardamom soda from The Popup Cafe in Deal.
- Jane on how it is actually okay not to travel.
- Did you know that you can pickle cherry tomatoes?
- You can add angostura bitters to watermelon juice. This is genius.
- Whitney schools us on everything we need to know about choosing a bottle of wine. Also, here is everything you actually need to know about wine terms.
- This is how to dry fresh herbs in the microwave.
- Lucy takes us around Pena Palace in Portugal, which is so beautiful and colourful. Also, she has put together a great guide containing 13 things to do on a trip to York.
- Kristabel went on an (East) London stay-cation, and here are her recommended spots.
- Rose has put together a roundup of the best shirt dresses out there. Also, she's taken us on an absolutely beautiful day trip to Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire which has me resolving to visit more of Great Britain over the next year or so.
- Here are 15 of the best places to score pretty artwork online.
- Here is an easy, step by step guide to making your own mochi ice cream, a dessert whose assembly scares me even more than a baked alaska.
- Molly shares some of the madness of shooting a cookbook totally out of season.
- Anne-Sophie has put together a brilliant guide on which traditional foods to eat in Iceland, and where to find good authentic versions near popular tourist areas.
- The Kitchn schools us on how to pronounce popular Brazilian eats. Also, on how to properly clean and de-beard mussels.
7. Enjoying homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches in front of the Great British Bake Off. | 8. Classic French 75 gin cocktails for the Bank Holiday. | 9. Waitrose make the gold standard in supermarket ice cream. | 10. Sardine and Pea Shoot Bruschetta on the patio with a bottle of ice cold rose. | 11. A little lunch of leftovers: English peas, tomatoes, cucumber, sun blush tomatoes, strawberries and leftover Daylesford Organic chicken. | 12. Weeknight suppers of Skinny Tomato and Turmeric Cod with Cauliflower Rice.
- Jo has taken some stunning photos inside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
- Food 52 schools us on Banchan: all those delicious sides you get in Korean restaurants.
- The history of the Breton striped shirt. (via Amy)
- Here are 6 great recipes for make ahead freezer smoothie packs.
- Smoke and Salt looks like the London pop up to go for dinner at the moment.
- This is how to DIY Boursin cheese at home.
- A Beautiful Mess has some great tips for networking online with other bloggers.
- Molly talks us through the process of choosing and designing the cover for her new cookbook (which is up there with Diana Henry's new book for the Autumn book I'm most psyched for!)
- A weekend in the life of Cupcakes & Cashmere's editorial director has me missing life in Los Angeles - take me back to all of the farmers markets and all of the cocktail spots!
- Why did I never have tropical birthday parties like this as a kid?
- This is how to make DIY temporary tattoos. (via Amy)
- Tania spent a beautiful weekend in Cornwall.
- This is how to buy, clean, and prepare scallops.
- Amy has challenged herself to bake 40 different loaves of bread in 40 weeks.
- A bunch of academics have got together to discuss if people in the future will class Harry Potter mania as a religion. Serious food for thought.
- Mulia spent a stunning few days at Belmond le Manoir aux Quat Saisons (and their patisserie school, on top of sampling their delicious tasting menu!)
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Some exciting new cookbooks have arrived (I'm looking at you Nadiya Hussain) and I absolutely can't wait to cook from them!