Friday, 26 May 2017

Places To Eat In London: The Gladstone Arms, Borough

I've got an absolute gem of a pub for you today, just around the corner from Borough tube station that just so happens to also be one of my locals: the newly re-furbished and re-opened under new ownership (after a battle to save the historic building from development): The Gladstone Arms. It literally has everything you'd want from a local city pub (as opposed to country pubs, where I look for totally different things): good food, delicious small sharing plates, a selection of good, independent, local beers on tap, delicious cocktails, live music in the evenings, and a roof terrace set to open over the next few weeks just in time for summer.
Japanese Fried Chicken at The Gladstone Arms in Borough | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Student Suppers: Easy Bruschetta Salsa with Tortilla Chips

When I lived in Los Angeles, there were a few items I always used to pick up any time I went to Trader Joe's across the street so they were always in my fridge/ kitchen cupboard. I always had a bag of their lightly salted tortilla chips to hand, a tub of their fantastic soured cream which is a bit thicker than the ones we can buy in British supermarkets (and therefore perfect for scooping), and a tub of their freshly made Pico de Gallo Salsa (which I have replicated in Student Eats). This golden trio, sometimes eaten in front of the television (usually episodes of The Good Wife) formed many a last minute meal when I've not needed much. Recently, without that wonderful sour cream, I've been enjoying an Italian/ Mexican mashup: herby, slightly garlicy bruschetta topping, scooped up with blue tortilla chips (which taste the same, but look prettier!)
Bruschetta Salsa with Blue Tortilla Chips | @rachelphipps

Friday, 19 May 2017

Weekly Love: Week 198

Happy Friday everyone! I've been enjoying the beautiful sunshine down in Kent these past two weeks after a weekend spent in London, working from home in the garden during the day, then out working on the election in my home patch in the evenings, joining the team for way too many pints and curries once it finally gets too dark to knock on everyones doors (don't be surprised if I turn into a peshwari naan before I return to London!) This sort of thing is what I live for, but the weather has already got my so excited to properly get into my first summer in the city for a while: get ready for lots of outdoor dining posts, trips out to the countryside for picnics and barbecues, and of course the publication of my first book, Student Eats!
Weekly Love 19.05.17[1]
1. When your hometown gets a Banksy. | 2. First lunch outside this year: a quickly thrown together Caprese Salad with both fresh and sun-blush tomatoes, served in the garden with lots of crusty bread. | 3. Ridiculously fragrant lilac in practically every garden I came across in Shepton Mallet, Somerset (and most of them here in East Kent, too!) | 4. Plump red strawberries coming into season at Borough Market. | 5. A good caramalised onion scotch egg and chunky chips outside The Morpeth Arms in Pimlico. | 6. Enjoying SPAR's new DOC and DOCG proseccos in the garden *ad*.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Places To Eat In London: Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

Summer is on its way, and as it is my first summer in the city for a couple of years, I wanted to kick things off over the last Bank Holiday with a couple of friends at somewhere I went for drinks the last time I was here during the summer months, and have kept on meaning to go back to so I could try the food: The Boundary Rooftop. Situated on top of the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch (above The Albion Cafe, around to corner from Andina and across the street from Dishoom), aside from great views of the city, this Mediterranean-meets-Southern California space boasts a French menu, and plenty of pitcher cocktails and gin and tonic cups.
Lunch at The Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch | @rachelphipps

Friday, 12 May 2017

Places To Eat In London: The Stable, Whitechapel

I have found my current favourite pizza in London, and it is not where you'd expect to find it: thin, crisp pizza base lovers this one is for you. For the two years of my university degree I completed in London, I lived in Mile End, which I really disliked, which was a short walk from Whitechapel, which I disliked almost as much. However, one of my old university friends and I (who I dragged back to our old stomping ground to find that rumors of gentrification had greatly been exaggerated) have found an utter gem in the form of The Stable, the London outpost of this West Country inspired pizzeria and cider-house which is both utterly unique, and the best reason to hop on the tube (or the 20 bus) to Whitechapel/ Aldgate East.
Hawaiian Pizza at The Stable, Whitechapel | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Recipe: Korean Prawn Rice Bowl with Sesame Pak Choi

I've probably mentioned it before, but most of the food I cook for myself at home when I'm not working on new recipes is Korean food. People think this is a bit unusual (until they find out I lived in Los Angeles, then it totally makes sense), and then unattainable. Yes, learning how to work with Korean flavours can be a bit daunting (toasted sesame oil is the only core ingredient you can easily find in every supermarket), so today I thought I'd share a quick and easy weeknight I've had a couple of times over the past few weeks, that does not involve any specialist ingredients: Korean, pan fried prawns that take only minutes to do, sweet and sticky Jasmine rice, and slightly Japanese, slightly Korean sesame pak choi which is my go-to Asian side vegetable.
Korean Prawn Rice Bowl with Pak Choi | @rachelphipps

Friday, 5 May 2017

Weekly Love: Week 197

Hello from Somerset! Thanks to the General Election, my job has temporarily relocated to Somerset, and I've spend the latter half of this week in England's smallest city, the beautiful little city of Wells. I've already been totally charmed by all of the old buildings (it has the most intact collection of ecclesiastical buildings in Britain, making for a beautiful city centre around the Cathedral), and I'm already plotting a trip back here when I'm not working so I can truly enjoy walking around the moat surrounding the Bishops Palace and check out some of the cute looking cafes people who have found out I'm in Wells have been recommending to me. 
Weekly Love 05.05.17
1. Trying out the delicious cocktails at The Gladstone Arms, just around the corner from Borough station. It just re-opened last week, and I'm super excited to try their exciting looking, Borough Market sourced small plates at my new local. | 2. On Wisteria watch walking through Borough. | 3. Exploring Vicars Close in Wells City Centre. Look familiar from god knows how many films? | 4. A Mediterranean inspired spread to celebrate the Bank Holiday at The Boundary Rooftop - full review coming soon! | 5. My first Aperol Spriz of the season at Mercato Metropolitano.  | 6. Visiting the Ebury team at Penguin Random House to talk all things publicity and marketing for Student Eats - don't forget that you can pre-order it here!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Places To Eat In London: Mac & Wild, Liverpool Street

Sometimes it feels like I have reviewed so many brunches that a restaurant really has to do something special to make it stand out. When Rosie and I were invited to Mac & Wild's City outpost the other weekend to try their new 'Wild Brunch', we just expected the usual London brunch-fayre, perhaps with a Scottish twist by way of some of the ingredients down to it being a Scottish restaurant. We did not, however, expect to find what I'm happy to call one of the best bacon sandwiches in London, alongside some rather excellent examples of those more standard brunch items: bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's, fluffy pancakes and perfectly executed avocado toast. Seriously, go for the bacon, and make it a meal with everything else.
Candied Bacon & Bechamel Sandwiches with Bone Marrow Gravy at Mac & Wild, Liverpool Street | @rachelphipps

Friday, 28 April 2017

Places To Eat In London: Firezza, Soho

Pizza is the answer to most problems, so naturally 48 hours after life got turned upside down by the announcement of another General Election (am I going to have to go to a part of the country I've never been to before to campaign? Will I still have a job after June 8th?), all I wanted was pizza. Thankfully last Wednesday I was booked in to attend the launch of Firezza's first central London location on Dean Street, where they're serving up 1/2 metre, social pizzas designed for sharing, antipasto, and some delicious cannoli.
Half Metre Pizza at Firezza | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Cocktail Hour: Grapefruit, Basil and Peppercorn Gin & Tonics

I enjoy two different types of drinks at home. There is the glass of wine from an already open bottle I pour myself after work while I'm trying to throw dinner together, the hastily mixed G&T after a very long day, and whatever Asian beer is on offer in the off-licence around the corner to go with the Chinese food I ordered as I was leaving the office. Or, there is the slightly slower, more leisurely drink I take my time over at the weekends, or on a warm and sunny evening when I've made it home early. This gin and tonic serve is one of those leisurely drinks, inspired my my all time favourite gin to serve with my tonic: Gin Mare.
Grapefruit, Basil and Black Pepper Gin & Tonics | @rachelphipps

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Weekly Love: Week 196

So, unexpectedly, it's that time again. If you've moved house since the EU Referendum (I think that is the last time we all went to the polls, it is happening so often these days I'm losing count!), or you're not already registered to vote, do so here so you get a chance to vote in the June 8th elections. The deadline is 22nd May. I know if you look at the polls or the news the result sounds like a forgone conclusion, but looking at this surprise election from inside politics, and from my experience working on the past two general elections, it really is not the case. Those of us in politics need to fight for every vote, and you really need to make your vote count. Oh, and be sure to follow me on Instagram if you don't already. I promise to keep the campaign off of my feed, but I'm going to be spending some of it in Somerset, where I've never been and I've been promised is very beautiful, so I'll be sure to post any pretty landscapes/ buildings, and delicious food I encounter!
Weekly Love 23.04.17[1]
1. Enjoying the sunshine on a weekend trip to Hoxton. | 2. Lunchtime jaunts to Chinatown for sweet barbecue pork buns and to replenish my kimchee supply. | 3. Saturday brunching at Mac & Wild - full review coming soon! | 4. Sunday mornings at Columbia Road Flower Market. | 5. Enjoying my parents beautiful new garden in Kent. | 6. Bringing the smell of spring into my bedroom with hyacinths for the top of my bookcase.

Friday, 21 April 2017

What Does Your Favourite Tea Say About You?

Today is a day that is rather special to most Brits (including those of us like me who are strictly into fruit and herbal): National Tea Day. I know it is a bit of a stereotype that every British person loves a good cup of tea, but things have been a bit of a roller-coaster over the past month, and I know at some of the most stressful moments, we've all automatically offered to go and make a brew, and it has made us feel so much better. So, as the guys at English Tea Shop have sent me a selection of their teas to mark the occasion, I thought I'd reflect on some of my favourite teas, and what our love of tea says about us as a tea drinking nation! 
What Does Your Favourite Tea Says About You? | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

How To Spend A Sunny Sunday In Hoxton

Now I've settled back into life in London, I think it is time to change things up a little bit here on the blog to reflect my life now. I've been thinking a lot about this, and while I'm still going to posting the usual easy recipes and restaurant reviews, I think it makes more sense for things to go back to being more like my diary of things I get up to again. I've finally settled into working a 9 to 5 (well, 9 to 6 if I'm lucky most weeks!), so weekend plans have become a bigger thing for me. I make sure I have fun things planned with friends, and not just meals out, but little adventures to the part of town I love, or that I simply have not explored before. So, to kick things off I wanted to share my suggestion for how to spend a lazy, sunny weekend in Hoxton, where my friend Sophie and I enjoyed a wonderful Sunday lunch at Beagle after a trip to Columbia Road Flower Market, followed by a wander around one of East London's hidden treasures, Geffrye Museum of the Home.
Sunday Lunch at Beagle in Hoxton | @rachelphipps

Friday, 14 April 2017

A Sustainable Spring Supper with The Mindful Kitchen

Just how I can't really do yoga because I simply don't have the temperament for it (I tried it for a whole term and I just could not get past thinking how stupid it was or other things I would be better of doing - I'm actually quite jealous of people who can enjoy yoga and get something out of it), several people looked at me askance when I said I was going to an evening about food and 'mindfulness'. Having any interest whatsoever in anything associated with the 'mindfulness' movement is so contrary to my personality, I'm surprised I even accepted the invitation to join The Mindful Kitchen for an Easter dinner last week. But do you know what? I came away from that dinner feeling truly happy and calm, but still intellectually stimulated for the first time in a long time.
Spring Fling at The Ace Hotel with The Mindful Kitchen | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Student Suppers: Baked Eggs with Chickpeas, Tomatoes & Basil

Because there are a stupid amount of cookbooks on my wish list, a few months ago I started taking cookbooks I wanted out of the library so I could flip through them and perhaps try a few dishes before I committed to a purchase. This was short lived as the cookbook selection was not all that in Sandwich (my local library in Kent), but moving to London, it turns out the branch of Southwark library I pass every day on the way to work has a frankly amazing collection. My most recent cookbook love from the library that I've actually really enjoyed cooking from the past few weeks? Jamie Oliver's Everyday Super Food.
Baked Eggs in Chickpeas, Tomatoes & Basil | @rachelphipps

Friday, 7 April 2017

Weekly Love: Week 195

Remind me if I ever suggest I may want to move house that I never, ever want to do it again? I never want to pack, unpack or shift another box ever again! I've been lucky that I've managed to go 24 years without every doing it, but on the other side of the coin, that is 24 years worth of stuff to get through! While it has been overwhelming at times, it has been fun to find old photographs, newspaper cuttings and toys that were forgotten until I opened up their cupboards. I think I had honestly even forgotten that I used to draw and paint before I took up photography, until I started sorting out different grades of pencil, soft and oil pastels from charcoal, gouache from oil paints. We have such beautiful gardens full of flowers at the new house, I think once we're sorted, I should try picking up a paintbrush again to try to capture the world around me in a way that requires a bit more investment than choosing and framing a shot, then simply pressing a button. 
Weekly Love 07.04.17[1]
1. Tulips are blooming in our new garden in Kent and in St. James' Park. | 2. Delicious lunchtime Poke bowls from Island Poke. | 3. Meeting the new neighbours at the new house. | 4. Beautiful, ornamental magnolia in full bloom. | 5. Post-work prosecco, lemonade, mint and peach liquor spritzers at Borough Market. | 6. Emptying out the freezer for the big move with a Full English.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Places To Eat In London: Island Poké, Soho

While sit down restaurants and street food are all well and good, at lunchtime when you're hunting for something yummy, filling and nutritious to take back to the office, to enjoy on the train home, or for an impromptu lunch hour picnic in the park (when we have a few warmer days!) may I please introduce you to the humble Hawaiian poké bowl? Brown or sushi rice, cubes of plump, rich raw salmon or ahi tuna, plenty of fruit, veggies and crunchy bits, and a zingy dressing. What is there not to like to cure your mid-day slump?
Island Poké, Soho | @rachelphipps

Monday, 3 April 2017

8 Podcasts I Like To Listen To In The Kitchen

Podcasting is having a 'thing' at the moment. Ever since my first year as a student I've loved to listen to podcasts in the kitchen, or while I'm doing chores like laundry or cleaning said kitchen, it is only recently that my list of podcasts I like to listen to has grown substantially: there was a time when the only things I had in my queue were episodes of my all time favourite (the now sadly defunct and removed from iTunes) Joy The Baker Podcast. So, as some of my favourites I've found through recommendations rather than a random browse of the 'New And Noteworthy' section, I thought I'd share 8 of my favourites that I'm binging on at the moment!
8 Podcasts I Like To Listen To In The Kitchen | @rachelphipps

Friday, 31 March 2017

Recipe: Skinny Buttermilk Ranch & Crispy Bacon Wedge Salads

Thankfully, we've got warm weather again(ish!) From some of my colleagues I know that in true British style people are already starting to break out the barbecue, so I wanted to share an All-American inspired side that is equally as enjoyable with a steak done in a griddle pan/ a rack of ribs done in the oven, versus the same finished on the barbecue. It's a salad that will suit everyone, a big hunk of juicy green, topped with a (skinny) homemade version of that favourite creamy American ranch dressing, crispy bacon bits and fresh chives.
Skinny Buttermilk Ranch & Crispy Bacon Wedge Salad | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Places To Eat In London: The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

After waking up, taking a lovely hot shower and watching the morning news in a fuzzy bathrobe at The Marylebone Hotel, we wrapped up and miraculously managed to dodge the rain and escape the London grey to snuggle up at The Chiltern Firehouse for my birthday breakfast. I'd heard some mixed things - I really wanted to go, and as it is a bit pricy it needed to be saved for a special occasion, and while I know a lot of people who love it there, when others heard I was going to celebrate my birthday, they urged me to cancel my reservation (which had to be made far in advance) and to book a table somewhere else. I'm really glad we didn't.
American Pancakes at The Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone | @rachelphipps

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Weekly Love: Week 194

I meant to ask you all to go and vote for me as Best Food Blogger in the Great British Food Awards, but from all the messages I've had, I know everyone wants me to talk about Wednesday. I work in the Houses of Parliament, and as everyone who follows me on Instagram will know, I have a beautiful view of New Palace Yard and the Palace of Westminster out of my office window. While I've had so many questions about what I saw, what I want to talk about is the police, from the security guards who wish me good morning as I clear security every day, to the officer I was joking with in the Yard a few hours before, to the amazing team who led us out of Parliament and took our witness statements late into the night. The police and security services sacrifice so much to keep us all safe, and on Wednesday PC Keith Palmer died protecting the rest of us on the Parliamentary Estate. That is something I'm not going to forget for the rest of my life.
Weekly Love 25.03.17
1. Beautiful blooms on Bermondsey Street. | 2. Taking our interns up onto the roof of Parliament on a sunny day for the best view of Big Ben in the city. | 3. Brunching at Village East in Bermondsey. | 4. Sunday lunch with my parents at The Roebuck in Borough. | 5. Team bottle of wine after work on the House of Commons terrace. | 6. Words to live by at Islington tube station.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Places To Stay In London: The Marylebone Hotel

My cousin held her wedding reception at The Wallace Collection at the weekend, and at the time we RSVP'd I did not know that I'd be living in London, so on Sunday night I got to enjoy a little stay-cation with my family at The Marylebone Hotel. We'd been looking for somewhere with a bit of luxury (but not too expensive!) within walking distance of the gallery and some next-morning breakfast options, and while we were Googling around I remembered that one of my favourite places to eat in the area, 108 Brasserie, was actually part of a hotel. 
Overnight at The Marylebone Hotel, London | @rachelphipps

Monday, 20 March 2017

Recipe: No-Knead Rosemary & Black Olive Bread

As one of the most popular recipe posts here, month on month is this No-Knead Anywhere Mug Bread, today I thought I'd bring you a loaf that is just as easy without the need to knead, but is a bit fancier than your everyday, and will be perfect going into the warmer months to serve alongside things like my Mediterranean Roast Chicken to mop up the juices (if you're after a more precise, up to date version of that chicken traybake, there is one in Student Eats): my No-knead Rosemary & Black Olive Bread.
No-knead Rosemary Black Olive Loaf | @rachelphipps

Friday, 17 March 2017

Places To Eat In London: Village East, Bermondsey

One of my favourite things about being back in London is that I'm back to brunching most weekends. While I have a massive list of places I want to try all over town, I'm trying to be intentional about getting to know my local area a bit better. As a result, I've pushed everywhere in London Bridge, Borough, Bermondsey and Southwark to the top of my list. Village East (from the same people who brought us The Riding House Cafe) on Bermondsey Street has been on my list for a while, se we decided to book ourselves in for brunch on Sunday. Also, how lovely is Bermondsey Street? It's like South East London's answer to Abbot Kinney Boulevard.
Sunday Brunch at Village East, Bermondsey | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Cookbook Corner: Warm Roasted Butternut Squash & Rocket Salad with Whipped Feta + FODMAP Friendly Kitchen

I don't believe in following a restrictive diet if you don't have to. I find people who insist on being gluten free without any medical basis whatsoever exasperating, and while I respect someones right to make their own choices on ethical grounds, my first thought recently when a close friend admitted that their boyfriend was a vegan, my first thought was how on earth am I supposed to feed this person and still keep everyone else happy at the same time? So, when the publishers behind Emma Hatcher's (from She Can't Eat What?!) new book The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen got in touch offering me a review copy, usually my first thought would be no. However, up until recently I actually lived with and cooked for someone who is supposed to follow a low FODMAP diet (my mother), and I was curious if the book would find us some delicious for the whole family.
Reviewing The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen | @rachelphipps

Saturday, 11 March 2017

How I'm Learning It's Okay Not To Be Perfect

Sometimes when brands come to me with sponsored post ideas I have to go through that agonising 'it's not a very good fit, but look at the money they want to pay me' before I have to turn it down. However, when the guys at Higgidy got in touch asking me if I wanted to write a post about how perfect has it's place when it comes to food, but sometimes things are better if they're a bit rustic (or in their words, 'higgidy' to help promote the super pretty new packaging on all of their pies, quiches and sausage rolls over British Pie Week, I though it would be a great opportunity to share a bit more of a personal post, because letting myself know it is okay not to be perfect all of the time is something I struggle with pretty much on an everyday basis.
Higgidy Little Pies Pretty New Packaging | @rachelphipps

Friday, 10 March 2017

Weekly Love: Week 193

So, I'm back in London. In a very crazy quick, stressful, emotional, but very exciting turnaround I was offered a new job in Westminster in the middle of February, signed on a lovely place to live that week, and I've just finished my second week at work and living back in London for the first time since I was a student. I'm living in a great foodie area, so I can't wait to get stuck in! For those of you who love my Kent content, don't worry! I'm still a country bumpkin and I'm still passionate about highlighting local food, and I have a massive list of places I want to feature in East Kent (so many new Canterbury openings I'm behind on!) 
Weekly Love 10.03.17[1]
1. My new view from my new office window in the Houses of Parliament. | 2. Sunday brunching at Mildred's in King's Cross. | 3. New season daffodils piled up outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 4. Doughnuts for breakfast from Bread Ahead at Borough Market. | 5. Beautifully bright blooms in the rain. | 6. Runny middle Scotch Eggs from Scotch Tails, also in Borough Market.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Places To Eat In London: German Gymnasium, King's Cross

I've got a really great London brunch spot for you today that serves up killer White Peach and Elderflower Bellinis, and is literally slap bang between King's Cross and St. Pancras stations (so convenient for out-of-towners like me): German Gymnasium. I've tried and reviewed so many different brunch places by now, something for me always needs to make a place stand out, even if everything else is on point. But sometimes, it is places like these where you just want a guarantee that you'll be able to find everything you're after on a Sunday morning to relax with friends that make for a really great weekend. This is one of these 'you can get everything comforting and familiar, but it will still never disappoint' places. 
Sunday Morning at German Gymnasium, King's Cross

Friday, 3 March 2017

Student Suppers: Honey Spiced Chicken with Indian-style Veggies

Would you believe me if I told you that this plate of gently spiced, honey chicken, sour and slightly crunchy Indian-style veggies and brown rice only takes 30-35 minutes to make? It's been a busy week, so I thought I'd add something else to your weeknight repertoire that is quick, easy, delicious, colourful and healthy. I know they all sound like meaningless recipe buzzwords, but who really cares when you've stayed late at work, your tube was delayed on the way home and there are literally no leftovers in the fridge for an instant meal.
Healthy Honey Spiced Chicken with Indian-style Veggies | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Student Suppers: Roasted Tomato & Mushroom Pesto Rice

As you may have noticed, I like to talk. If you've met me in person, or even if you sit and read the rambles I dot in between recipes and photographs, I find it hard to fit all I want to say into small spaces. While the planning, testing and photography aspects of writing my upcoming book, Student Eats, were a challenge, one thing I had totally expected was the issue faced by fitting the whole story behind a recipe into the small paragraph space in the recipe notes. So, as I have the luxury of endless space here where - editorially - I'm only answerable to myself (and my current partnership with my pesto brand of choice: Sacla'), I want to tell you the story of how I discovered that pesto, mixed into cooked rice is the best student food ever.
Vegan Roast Tomato and Mushroom Pesto Rice | @rachelphipps

Friday, 24 February 2017

Weekly Love: Week 192

I've got a pair of great foodie long reads for you today, so save these for the weekend, make yourself a cup of tea and pull up one of these to really sink your teeth into. The Guardian looks at who killed the British curry house. Not only does this piece explore why these great institutions are closing up all over the country, but also gives a wonderful history of curry and Indian food in Britain. Popping across the pond, Highline at the Huffington Post writes about school lunches in Huntington, West Virginia: the town where Jamie Oliver filmed Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution. Not only does it pick apart in great detail why he basically failed to revolutionise school lunches there, but it also gives a potted political history of why, and why school lunches in America are probably even more of a contentious issue in America than they are over here. 
Weekly Love 23.02.17[1]
1. Rainbow tulips outside Clapham South tube station. | 2. Egg Pots and Skinny Bunny Smoothies at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 3. Brilliantly sunny afternoon walks through our local village to the postbox. | 4. Looking good, London. | 5. Valentines flowers from Bloom & Wild: use the code RACHELBLOOMS at the checkout for 15% off your order! | 6. My favourite duck confit sandwiches from French Quarter at Borough Market (they're right by the entrance as if you were coming from Southbank!)

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Places To Eat In Kent: The Wife of Bath, Wye

While usually when I'm writing about restaurants outside of London and Los Angeles I usually stick to my Canterbury sandbox (and there are so many exciting new openings, from Kyoto to Happy Samurai (which I still don't believe I have not been to, and with The Naughty Egg coming soon), but sometimes there is something worth making the drive for. The Wife of Bath in Wye (near Ashford) is the latest venture from Mark Sargent, our friendly local Michelin starred chef (also found at Plum + Spilt Milk in London's King's Cross, Rocksalt on Folkestone Harbour and my favourite local food pub, The Duke William in Ickham), and it serves up some pretty wonderful Spanish style dishes: something wonderfully different for a Kentish fine dining restaurant.
Pork Collar, Smoked Paprika, Cockles & Cox, Sweetcorn at The Wife of Bath | @rachelphipps

Monday, 20 February 2017

High Welfare Meat Deliveries from the Gourmet Meat Club

When it comes to areas where I like to save on my food (supermarket own brand tinned tomatoes, bags of onions) I shop around for the best deal, but there are certain things, like my meat where I always feel better when I know what I'm buying, and I'm therefore happier to spend a bit more to find the very best. When the Gourmet Meat Club contacted me a couple of months ago to try one of their meat delivery boxes, I jumped at the chance to try a convenient way to get great meat (good local butchers are thin on the ground in my bit of Kent). What I did not expect was to find them such good value for the quality of what you're getting, too.
Full English Breakfast from the Gourmet Meat Club | @rachelphipps

Friday, 17 February 2017

Places To Eat In London: Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell

As a rule of thumb, the most memorable restaurant I eat in in London each season started life as a street food outfit: last year, I had a frankly transcendental experience at Bao in Fitzrovia, and last week I enjoyed probably the best tacos since I last had their tacos at Street Feast at Breddos Tacos new (and thankfully permanent) home in Clerkenwell. Okay, so it is not really a part of London people tend to go to unless they work there or want to go to a restaurant, so I promise you that it is absolutely worth the trip. Grab a date, and order as much from the menu as you can possibly eat in one sitting and a cocktail or three.
Fried Chicken Tacos at Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Student Suppers: Quick Curried Salmon with Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Welcome, ladies and gentleman to my first recipe of the year that is not bowl food. However, it does fall into the category owned entirely by one of my weeknight staple meals: some sort of baked fish, with some sort of brown or cauliflower rice, additional veggies like roasted squash and sautéed kale optional depending on how hungry I am and what I happen to have in the fridge at the time. Sometimes I like to bake cod with a freshly made salsa on top, make some sort of crust like this almond and lemon one for a piece of salmon, or flake the whole piece of fish into a kedgeree. Sometimes I just like things plain and steamed, and sometimes I like to go down the route that gives me the most amount of flavour for the least amount of effort: dousing the entire fish in some sort of pre-made sauce like a barbecue sauce or a couple of spoonfuls of pesto. 
20 Minute Curried Salmon with Cauliflower Tabbouleh | @rachelphipps

Monday, 13 February 2017

Reviewing HelloFresh's Two Person Recipe Box

Next in my series of recipe box reviews, we have HelloFresh, one of 'big hitters'. They were kind enough to send me their two person, three meal box for me to test drive, and I've got to be honest that I did not enjoy the experience as much as some of the others I've tried so far (though it does have it's selling points) This is exactly why I decided I'd try to review as many recipe boxes as possible, because so far my suspicions have been proven right that there is no one size fits all, 'best' box for everyone. You need to find the one that will work for you, if the whole recipe box thing is something that will suit you and your family in the first place.
Chicken & Mushroom Fried Rice from the HelloFresh Recipe Box | @rachelphipps

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Weekly Love: Week 191

Have you noticed a pattern that every fortnight when I need to come up with something to say in the introduction to these posts I usually end up getting you hooked on new movies, podcasts or TV shows? If you're into adrenaline rush medical dramas, I owe you an apology because I've recently become addicted to Code Black, and you're about to too. I've had it bookmarked since it started in 2015, mainly because the billboard for it over West 3rd Street in West Hollywood looked cool as I was making my way back from breakfast at Joan's on Third when I was staying at the Farmers Daughter Hotel, but it is awesome. It's about one of the busiest ER's in America (based off a documentary), where there are way too many patients for resources. It has compelling characters, and feels different to any medical drama you've seen before. 
Weekly Love 11.02.17
1. Peach and Elderflower bellinis for Sunday brunch at German Gymnasium in King's Cross (review coming soon!) | 2. A mixed lunch at the Whitstable Oyster Company on Whitstable seafront: their house oysters are fantastic and the cocktails are good, but the rest of the menu is a bit lack-luster and over priced - my lobster was slightly over cooked and not as fresh as it could have been -  go in the summer, sit on the beach terrace, order some champagne and order your weight in oysters rather than heading there for an actual meal. | 3. Stumbling across Instagram favourites while following your Google Maps on an unfamiliar route through Soho: hello Lights of Soho, don't you look pretty today? | 4. Liberty London's blooms are particularly bright at the moment. | 5. I will never get sick of the iconic architecture between meetings in Westminster. | 6. Late lunching at Breddos Tacos in Clerkenwell - another I'll be reviewing soon!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Student Suppers: Banana & Nutella Dutch Baby Pancake

When it comes to a quick, cheap and easy breakfast for one (or a shared dessert for two) my favourite thing to make is a Dutch Baby Pancake. I make Gingerbread Spiced and Pomegranate ones at Christmas, Caramalised Apple and Cinnamon ones in Autumn, and I've included the recipe for my everyday, lemon and sugar version in my book Student Eats (which you can pre-order here). However, today we're going down an indulgent route with a chocolate version, topped off with fresh banana slices and warm, drizzled Nutella.
Banana & Nutella Dutch Baby Pancake | @rachelphipps

Monday, 6 February 2017

Valentines Day: Rhubarb & Blush Orange Fizz

For my second boozy Valentines post this year we're going down the cocktail route with two of my favourite seasonal ingredients: pretty pink forced rhubarb, and blush oranges (oranges that are almost blood oranges, but are much cheaper and much easier to get hold of - you can pick up a net in Waitrose). These glasses of fizz only include three ingredients, take moments to mix together, and are perfect to welcome your loved one home with after work next Tuesday (because obviously Valentines is about a cozy night in together!)
Valentines Day Rhubarb & Blush Orange Fizz | @rachelphipps

Friday, 3 February 2017

Recipe: Warm Roasted Vegetable Lentil Bowl with Herby Goats Yogurt + a St. Helen's Farm Goat-ey Giveaway

Yes, I'm feeding you lentils again. Okay, so this lentil bowl also includes some sort of vegetable, some sort of herb, and some sort of dairy, but I promise you that this lentil bowl (better suited to dinner than lunch) is a totally different beast. Promise. It's full of different textures and flavours, and is one of those bowlfuls I was upset to reach the bottom of, because I just wanted more. The hero ingredient here is full fat goats yogurt: just stir in some herbs and sea salt, and swirl it into the warm lentils. You'll get that beautiful goats cheese flavour, but in a lighter, yogurt form which mixes into the lentils as you eat forming a sauce. 
How To Make A Warm Roasted Vegetable Lentil Bowl with Herby Goats Yogurt | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Pre-order Student Eats (My First Cookbook!) Now

I can't believe that I'm finally typing this, and I can't think of a better day than today - this blog's 8th birthday - to share this. After almost a year of testing, typing, photographing and editing, I'm finally able to share with you why things were a bit sparse over here on the blog between the months of September 2015 and June 2016: I've written a cookbook! So, the details you need to know: Student Eats features over 120 easy, everyday recipes for students and graduates (honestly, it is a student book in name, budget and simplicity only!) Most of the recipes have never appeared before, and I shot and styled everything, making sure that there is a photo to go with every single recipe. It is being published by Ebury on August 3rd, and you can pre-order it here.
Student Eats by Rachel Phipps - over 120 quick, delicious and healthy meals

Monday, 30 January 2017

Valentines Day: Heart Shaped Strawberry & Champagne Jellies

Boozy homemade jellies are my jam. So are desserts served in little individual cups, because I'm far too much of a wuss to make anything that involves turning something that I've supposedly set with gelatine out of a mould. Jellies, panna cotta, you'll aways find me serving them out of some sort of pretty glassware. Because Valentines Day is basically an excuse to make pretty pink desserts, here is my two person recipe for a basic champagne jelly, topped off with strawberries slices carved into little heart shapes. 
Valentines Day Heart Shaped Strawberry and Champagne Jellies | @rachelphipps

Friday, 27 January 2017

Weekly Love: Week 190

I have a new TV show and podcast obsession for those of you into political dramas. First up, download The West Wing Weekly. The presenters include Joshua Malina, who plays Will Bailey on The West Wing, and David Rosen on Scandal run through every episode of The West Wing (basically the most iconic political drama ever made (I have the box set, a binge watching (every few years!) investment you won't regret) with analysis and interviews with the writers and actors. It's engaging, fascinating, and teaches you a lot if you're at all into television, acting, politics or creative writing. Then watch Designated Survivor. Unfortunately, it's US only at the moment (there is a reason I kept my streaming subscriptions!), but it is frankly brilliant, is obviously inspired by The West Wing and basically follows the aftermath of the Capitol being blowing up during the State of the Union, killing everyone, and the designated survivor (explained here) becoming President.
Weekly Love 27.01.17[1]
1. Cozying up in front of the fire with a bottle of Merlot and a bowl of my favourite Sausage Bolognese. It's so cold that I'm in front of it, under a blanket as I type, actually! #ad | 2. Enjoying a lovely bright and spicy plate of Sweet Potato Rosti with Roast Curried Sprouts and Red Onion, topped with a perfectly runny poached egg, from Riverford's new Vegetarian Quick meal box they were kind enough to send me to trial. God those sprouts were good (!) | 3. Fighting a winter cold with Kimchee Fried Rice and Korean Fried Chicken at Kyoto in Canterbury. | 4. Filling the house with pink roses, mainlining sweet rhubarb tea, and learning all about FODMAPS with Emma Hatcher's The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen. I don't believe in restrictive diets without a medical diagnosis, but as I live with someone who has been recommended a low FODMAP diet, I'm excited to try some recipes we can all enjoy together. | 5. Another delicious dish from Riverford's new Vegetarian Quick meal box: Lentil, Butter Bean & Kale Stew with Pumpkin Seed Pesto. | 6. More pretty doorways running errands in Deal.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Getting To Grips With Your Spice Collection

Next in my series getting to grips with your ingredients, I thought I'd focus on spices. We all have them, I know there are so many that we buy for one recipe never to use again, and believe it or not, I seem to have even more of them that I do cooking oils or Asian ingredients! So, below I've run through my spice collection, noting who are my favourite suppliers, which you can toast and grind yourself (and don't worry, I'll tell you how to do that too!), and most importantly, give you some recipe inspiration so that nothing needs to go to waste! 
Getting To Grips With Your Spice Collection | @rachelphipps

Monday, 23 January 2017

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Kyoto

For my first restaurant review of 2017, we're in Canterbury checking out Kyoto, a new restaurant that has purchased the space previously occupied by Little Joe's Deli right by the Cathedral that I've visited for lunch a couple of times over the past few weeks. As you'd expect from a restaurant called Kyoto, it's a sushi bar, but actually, everything else on the menu that does not involve raw fish and Japanese rice actually some pretty great and authentic Korean food. Not what you'd expect from a building built into the Precinct walls. Korean has to be one of my favourite cuisines, so obviously I'm over the moon that I can now get dishes that are not Tamago's fantastic kimchee ramen without having to make them myself or hop on a plane to L.A.'s Koreatown.
Kyoto, Canterbury | @rachelphipps

Friday, 20 January 2017

Student Suppers: Madeiran Tomato & Onion Stew

So I was planning on making a Madeiran tomato and onion soup (sopa de tomate e cebola), but somewhere in the testing process I accidentally made the easiest, most delicious tomato and onion stew, which I just could not not share with you. This twist on a Madeiran peasants dish is hearty, filling and warming bowlful for cold, January days, uses almost exclusively store cupboard ingredients, and is so cheap to prepare using basic ingredients. While it is delicious with whatever you've got, as always the best quality ingredients produce the best quality dish, so this will always improve with the best ingredients you can afford. 
Madeiran Tomato & Onion Stew | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

All About Your Asian Ingredients (And What To Use Them For)

Following the success of my post on different cooking oils, how to choose between them and what different ones do, I've decided to focus on a few more ingredients that seem either overwhelming to choose between on packed supermarket shelves, or that you may not know too much about, buying them for a certain recipe before they move to languish at the back of your kitchen cupboards. Today, I want to run you through my collection of ingredients I use for Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Korean cooking. 
All About Your Asian Ingredients (And What To Use Them For) | @rachelphipps

Monday, 16 January 2017

Student Suppers: Greek Salad Lentil Bowl

Yes, I'm still on the winter lunches thing. I can't recommend grain bowls or roasted aubergines more, but sometimes you want something a little more summery, but made suitable for cold weather eating. I'm still piling my fridge high with little packets of feta, but I have now moved onto lentil bowls: my favourite way to make what would usually be a summer chopped salad more substantial. I typically buy my lentils pre-cooked in pouches, and here I've combined one to serve two with the fixings of a classic Greek salad: tomato, cucumber, red onion, black olives, feta, oregano (I've used fresh rather than the usual dried here) and lots of olive oil. 
Greek Salad Lentil Bowl | @rachelphipps

Friday, 13 January 2017

Weekly Love: Week 189

It is cold, it is wet, so I think we all need something life affirming round about now. In those first few quiet days of 2017 before we all went back to work I watched What We Did on Our Holiday, which has to be the best, the funniest, and the film that made me happiest to be alive in ages. It has a great cast (David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Rosamund Pike, and a load of kids who would give the Outnumbered cast a run for their money), and not to give too much away, they all pitch up for a family reunion, trying to keep the secret that the parents are getting divorced. Family tragedy strikes, and the kids decide to deal with it themselves in the most imaginative (and to grown ups amusing!) way possible. If the weather is getting you down, rent or stream a copy of this and I promise you it will put you right and loving life  in no time!
Weekly Love 13.01.17[1]
1. The first feta-loaded egg pot and Skinny Bunny smoothie of the year at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 2. Snacking on some Whitworths Shots (they're 3 for £1 in Tesco right now!) on my daily (weather allowing!) country walks. #ad | 3. Filling the house with dazzlingly bright blooms to make up for the cold and the rain. | 4. A lovely bottle of Chateaubeuf-du-Pape by the fire at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. | 5. Pretty pastel doors, running errands in Deal. | 6. Hunting out some more unusual vegetables at the Garden of England greengrocers in Canterbury.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Recipe: Roast Aubergine with Anchovy, Walnuts & Parsley

While in the summer there are a whole host of fresh, bright and light lunch options out there, having something quick, light and imaginative in winter is a lot harder. I'm big on things like warm grain bowls, but another relatively quick and delicious lunch I've been enjoying recently is a roast aubergine. Served hot or warm, the spongy flesh roasts up beautifully into something rich, meaty and satisfying, serving to amplify the flavour of whatever you choose to spoon over it: today, a chunky mixture of anchovy, walnut and parsley, brightened with a flash of fresh lemon, all bound together with a glug of your very best extra virgin olive oil. 
Lunchtime Roast Aubergine with Anchovy, Walnuts and Parsley | @rachelphipps