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