Friday, 30 June 2017

Weekly Love: Week 201

Since we last spoke I've watched all 10 episodes of Sky Atlantic's Riviera. You need to get through the first episode that just sets the scene, but afterwards it is super addictive with a cliffhanger at the end of every episode, and an epic twist at the end. Watch it if you loved the glossy, super rich with a rotten core theme of The Night Manager last summer, and/ or if you have an interest in fine art. Also, if you're looking for a good deal mark your calendar's: the next Amazon Prime day will be on 11th July, where so many things will be on discount, basically a Black Friday for Prime users. From now until Monday you can get ready with a year of Prime membership for only £59, down from £79, which basically connects you with all of Prime's automatic streaming of movies, TV shows (including The Night Manager), music, books, and free next day delivery.
Weekly Love 30.06.17[1]
1. Soaking up the sun on the roof of the Palace of Westminster. | 2. Supporting some of my favourite vendors at Borough Market with my weekly shop. | 3. Weekend recipe testing: sea bass ceviche with lime, avocado, coriander, jalapeño and Kentish gooseberries. | 4. Drinking Frosé at Somerset House with the Sainsbury's press team. | 5. Traditional Brittany galettes at MAMIE'S in Covent Garden. | 6. Peonies and sunflowers outside Angel tube station.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Places To Eat In London: Mamie's, Covent Garden

As you can probably tell from my food diaries every time I visit my parents house in Brittany, I'm big on the local speciality: galettes, which are basically savoury pancakes made with buckwheat flour, and filled with all manner of savoury fillings. I usually consume these in Brittany with a few glasses of good French wine, and a crepe drenched in melted local salted butter and sugar. Mamie's in Covent Garden promised me all of these on a disastrously hot evening just down the Strand from my office, without having to sit in a car for six hours in order to reach my parent's French house. Needless to say, I was excited for the meal.
Mamie's, Covent Garden | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Saturday, 24 June 2017

La Gelatiera x Mercante Summer Ice Cream Tasting Menu

So, you know that utterly deadly couple of days where everything was just simply too hot, there was no way to get to sleep at night, and basically if you stepped outside you were in danger of melting? Well, on Monday evening my friend Edward and I found the perfect way to escape it: by heading through Green Park in the direction of Mayfair to try Covent Garden's La Gelatiera collaborative ice cream pop up at Mercante. The concept is simple; a three course meal, put together by the restaurant chef, each dish featuring special editions of La Gelatiera's delicious ice cream and gelato. Just what you need if this weather continues!
Red poll beef tartare, caramelized salsify and Applewood ice cream | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

5 Items I Travel With That Keep Me Balanced

For the latter half of 2017 (can you believe we're over half way already?) I'm going to be partnering with the guys at Yushoi (a delicious, healthy, pea based, Japanese-inspired snack) to talk about things that keep me balanced. The past few weeks have been pretty mental for me, what with almost losing my job at the polls, and things are set to get all busy again what with my book coming out in around 6 weeks, so I thought the best way to kick of my series of posts with the brand would be to talk about the things I kept around me when I was living out of a suitcase, working far from home, just to maintain a sense of normalcy and balance. 
5 Items That Keep Me Balanced | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Places To Eat In London: Bun House, Soho

I have the perfect spot for you in Soho where you can perch on a little table out in the street in the sunshine, enjoy a cooling pot of green tea and some fantastic (and cheap!) food and just relax on a Sunday morning. If you have not already been, Bun House is your new favourite weekend destination. They offer a small selection of things done well: steamed filled bao buns, imaginative sides, and Asian pickles, and if you're drinking tea not beer, two adults can easily fill themselves up for around £20. Oh, and they do takeaway too!
Bun House, Soho | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 16 June 2017

Weekly Love: Week 200

Welcome to the 200th edition (!) of Weekly Love! It seems like every fortnight when I sit down to write one of these something bad has happened, so today I want to focus on something positive, Borough Market (which not only is my local, but will always have a special place in my heart as my first ever paid column as a food writer, and my first print feature) which re-opened on Wednesday. Not only has the council pledged business rate relief for the businesses inside the police barrier zone who were unable to open until this week, I want to draw your attention to the Borough Market Relief Fund where you can donate to help the small traders who may be put at risk by the loss of stock and trading days. Please give what you can! 
Weekly Love 16.06.17
1. Counting down, less than 7 weeks now until Student Eats is published! (Pre-order it here!) | 2. Happy to be back in my office taking in my beautiful view of the Palace of Westminster (in spite of all the scaffolding!) | 3. A superb (and super cheap) brunch in the Soho sunshine at Bun House - full review coming soon. | 4. Our favourite Rioja brand Campo Viejo has a fantastic Fiesta of Colour wine terrace in Waterloo Millennium Gardens - it's a sun trap with lots of great things to drink and a wonderful tapas food truck where we hung out after work last night - be sure to check it out, as it is only around until Sunday! | 5. Lazy Sunday Polpo Aperol Spritz. | 6. My new Deliveroo favourite: Arabica at Borough Market.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Cookbook Corner: Soy Rice Cakes from Our Korean Kitchen

As I said in the introduction to my Korean Prawn Rice Bowl with Sesame Pak Choi, the food I cook for myself when I don't have to work on any recipes for brands or the blog is Korean food. And the book that has been the most helpful to me in learning about Korean cooking and flavours, and in helping me re-produce some of my Koreatown favourites at home? The copy of Our Korean Kitchen I was gifted at the Observer Food Monthly Awards last year. So, today I thought I'd talk a bit about the book, and share a super simple, super delicious recipe I would not have even attempted if I had not been given an easy introduction to Korean cooking.
Soy Rice Cakes from Our Korean Kitchen | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 12 June 2017

Wake Up To Organic: Bacon & Guacamole Breakfast Sandwiches

I'm back in London, and more importantly back in my kitchen where I've been enjoying over the weekend actually cooking myself some meals. However, today I'm finally back to work after the most mental 6 weeks I've experienced since I last had to fight a General Election, so it is time to go back to delicious, filling (and speedy!) breakfasts so that I don't entirely rely on Parliament cafeteria breakfast wraps for sustenance. My new favourite? Thick slices of organic bacon, stuffed in a crusty white roll with a good dollop of guacamole. And a cup of tea, of course. So much easier to eat than my old go-to of bacon and sliced avocado sandwiches.
Bacon and Guacamole Breakfast Sandwiches | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 9 June 2017

My Publishing Journey (How I Actually Got My Book Deal!)

Okay, so in my last post on how my upcoming book, Student Eats, was made we tackled the topic of literary agents: what they do, why you might need one, how to find one and how I found mine. In case you have not read it yet, I'd recommend heading back over there now to check it out before diving into this post (it also has a mini Q&A with my own literary agent on what agents are looking for in a potential author). Today, I want to move past the process of finding my agent onto the next big hurdle I had to face: landing a book deal. 
Student Eats Portrait

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Places To Eat In London: Casita Andina

My friend Sherin and I love Peruvian food. My partner in crime for reviews of some of our London favourites such as Senor Ceviche and Ceviche, we met up for dinner after work to try out one of London's latest (ish!) Peruvian opening, from the Ceviche and Andina (another love of mine) team: Casita Andina. Peruvian, but with a few world influences (Japanese, Middle Eastern, French) if is just the place for unique sharing plates in Soho, stepping into a different world the moment you enter, transported until it is time to leave again.
Scallop Ceviche with Pork Dashi at Casita Andina, Soho | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 2 June 2017

Weekly Love: Week 199

So, I'm still down in Somerset working hard so that we can all keep our jobs come polling day on Thursday (do remember to vote!), so it is just a short one today! In other news, both Great British Food Magazine and Good Housekeeping have been kind enough to nominate me for 'Best Food Blog' in their food awards this year, and I'd really appreciate it if you took a few moments out of your day to lend me your vote (because, all I seem to do these days is ask people for their vote!) You can check out the Great British Food Magazine shortlist and vote for me here, and check out the Good Housekeeping awards and cast your vote here
Weekly Love 02.06.17
1. Beautiful country walks around my parents new house. | 2. First barbecue of the season! | 3. Enjoying the sunshine with a good glass of French rose on the patio. | 4. A perfect (as always) lunch at my favourite pub, The Compasses Inn at Crundale. | 5. Celebrating British Tomato Week with these beauties. | 6. Stunning sunny afternoons in Canterbury.