Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Recipe: Barbecue Pineapple with Rum, Chilli & Coriander

The Notting Hill Carnival at the weekend served as a very sharp reminder that I've still not tried my hand at re-creating the simply epic jerk chicken and jerk pork with rice, beans and a cream sauce they serve in the cafeterias in the Houses of Parliament. It is simply fabulous, and has such a cult following that there is even a Twitter feed dedicated to letting you know which cafeteria has it on on any given day. I have a copy of the chef's recipe to use as guidence, but as it was a Caribbean themed dessert I needed over the Bank Holiday Weekend to follow a barbecue (rather than Jamaican street food) I settled on barbecuing a pineapple instead.
Barbecue Pineapple with Rum Syrup, Chilli and Coriander | @rachelphipps

Monday, 28 August 2017

Places To Eat In London: The Gun, Docklands

When I approach reviewing a restaurant, especially in a big city such as London where people sometimes never repeat a restaurant, while I want to give you my take on some of the cities hottest new openings (mainly because I want an excuse to try them for myself!) I also like to seek out hidden treasures that no one seems to know about, and visit some old haunts you may not of thought of for dinner to see what they're doing now. When one of my usual restaurant review partners in crime and I were invited along to check out dinner at The Gun way out in London's Docklands the other week we had a funny little dinner that we could not quite form a strong opinion of, but found a few strong reasons why this pub needs to be on your radar.
Oysters at The Gun, Docklands

Friday, 25 August 2017

Weekly Love: Week 205

Kent people! The Bank Holiday will soon be upon us and I'll be heading back down to Kent to enjoy the last few days of the summer sunshine (fingers crossed the weather will hold, and for an Indian summer in September!) and the We Love Hythe Food Festival will be running throughout the weekend at the Hythe Cricket and Squash Club (full event details here). Why am I telling you this? Because if you pop along on Sunday afternoon I'll be judging the Bake Off event at 3pm, and then signing copies of Student Eats afterwards! Do come along and say hi because it looks like it is going to be a fantastic weekend full of lovely looking local food and drink - I'm looking forward to sampling are cocktails from Beetlejuice and a Stoned Pizza!
Weekly Love 25.08.17[1]
1. Starters and oysters at The Gun in Canary Wharf - review coming soon! | 2. Aperol Spritz by the pond. | 3. View across the water to the O2/ Millenium Dome from The Gun. | 4. A sublime pork belly confit with black pudding cream at The Compasses Inn, Crundale. | 5. Building a soft cheeseboard for my summer party - blog post about the cheeseboard coming soon! | 6. Walking to the prettiest postbox set into the wall of someones home in Kent.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Recipe: Mexican Roasted Sweet Potato, Radish & Tomato Bowl

In an average week, the amount of food I eat is frankly staggering. I don't mean the usual three meals a day, but I'm talking about the amount of samples I test, many coursed meals I have, street food I graze on, just to be able to write about food and bring the best of it to you all. I'm not complaining; I'm lucky to have one of the best jobs in the world, but this means at home when I'm not testing recipes to make sure I'm not the size of a house (I hate the gym, so my main source of exercise is walking everywhere I can) I eat lighter meals at home, mostly plants, and usually vegetarian, sometimes vegan because lighter food is what I crave.
Vegan Mexican-style Roasted Sweet Potato, Radish & Tomato Bowl | @rachelphipps

Monday, 21 August 2017

Places To Eat In Canterbury: The George, Molash

As a family after a long day, we love a good country pub for supper. As we've moved around the coast a little from our old home while we're in a familiar area close to some of our old favourites (we've had some wins and some losses with the move: thankfully we're now closer to The Compasses Inn, but now The Duke William is a little far out, so one to visit if we're in the area for something!) it is also the perfect opportunity while our kitchen is still a hole in the ground to get our and try somewhere new. Our most recent meal out? The George at Molash, just 20 minutes drive down a pretty much straight road from Canterbury city centre.
Salmon & Crushed Potatoes at The George, Molash | @rachelphipps

Friday, 18 August 2017

Places To Eat In London: Bó Drake, Soho

As you know, I'm always up for Korean food. However, there are not many in London that take reservations (if you know of any, hit me up with your recommendations!) so when I heard about Bó Drake in Soho that serves up Korean food inspired by Southern-style barbecue techniques obviously I had to grab a table on a sunny Sunday afternoon and someone open to Korean flavours (I don't know why, but people always seem sceptical when I wax lyrical about the virtues of kimchee and my copy of Our Korean Kitchen!)
Lunch at Bo Drake, Soho | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cocktail Hour: Cheats Piña Coladas

At the weekend I gave myself Friday, Saturday and Sunday off, because to be honest all the excitement with Student Eats being published, radio appearances, filming some recipe videos (which I can't wait to share you) and the launch party I was totally wiped out. I crashed somewhere around Thursday afternoon, so I spent the most of the next three days out on the patio with All Out War (I know I usually read heavy political books anyway, but if you're at all interested in the behind the scenes of how Brexit actually happened this is very readable and very compelling, for non-politicos too!) With my book I needed a good drink, and while I got happy on the Aperol Spritz for a bit, I was very proud of my two-ingredient Cheats Piña Coladas.
2-Ingredient Pina Coladas | @rachelphipps

Monday, 14 August 2017

Places To Eat In London: Duck & Waffle, Liverpool Street

Duck & Waffle, on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower near Liverpool Street Station is somewhere I've wanted to eat since I was a student in London, so it is apt that it is at Duck & Waffle I secured an early lunchtime table the day after my book launch party to celebrate my student cookbook with my parents. Open 24/7, it is not a cheap spot, but the food is absolutely sublime the views are incredible, and I can't think of a restaurant I have been to in London in the years I have been reviewing them better for a special occasion.
Lunch at Duck & Waffle | @rachelphipps

Friday, 11 August 2017

Weekly Love: Week 204 + Ping Coombes' Brunch Club

Let's talk all things Student Eats! Yours truly has been around and about talking about the book, so if you fancy checking out my visit to the BBC London studio last week you can listen to me talk about how I took inspiration from my parents for some of the recipes in the book from the 01:08 mark. If sitting down with a long read and a cup of tea is your thing, I sat down with Study.EU to talk about my favourite recipes in the book and what it was like to study abroad in California. They're also giving away 10 (!) copies of the book over on their Facebook page. Finally, if you fancy getting into the kitchen The Happy Foodie have shared two of my favourite recipes from the book: my Banana & Nutella Muffins and my Pea, Prawn & Mushroom Egg Fried Rice!
Weekly Love 11.08.17[1] | @rachelphipps
1. Celebrating the publication of Student Eats with my parents at Duck & Waffle - look out for more pictures from our meal next week! | 2. An incredible Surf 'n' Turf and carafe of Malbec at The Butlers Wharf Chop House. | 3. Student Eats in the window of Daunt Books. | 4. Stunning, golden hour view of Tower Bridge from the terrace at The Butlers Wharf Chop House. | 5. Pink frozen champagne ice lollies from Fortnum's. | 6. Stunning flowers in my favourite colours as a publication gift from the Ebury team.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Cocktail Hour: Mango, Black Pepper & Gin Spritz

What to do when your favourite gin brand invite you to enjoy Friday night after work drinks and oysters on a rooftop overlooking the Thames, and ask you to take a bottle away with you to come up with a cocktail recipe for everyone to enjoy as we get into the swing of the final month of summer? Gin Mare have been hosting their Med Rooftops series around Europe this summer, so today I thought I'd share a few photos by way of inspiration for your own summer soirée along with my recipe for a Mango, Black Pepper & Gin Spritz today.
Gin Mare Mango Gin Spritz | @rachelphipps

Monday, 7 August 2017

Places To Eat In London: Bala Baya, Southwark

I've had one of those meals again where sometimes I did not even know what I was eating, except that everything had been produced with so much imagination and attention to detail that I'll not only be raving about the restaurant, but individual plates for ages. Bala Baya opened within walking distance of my flat a few weeks before I moved back to the city, and it has everything I look for in a restaurant: small plates, Israeli cuisine and killer cocktails. I've been trying to eat there for a while (getting stuck in the lock down on during the attack on Parliament put paid to my first reservation), but it was more than worth the wait.
Dinner at Bala Baya, Southwark | @rachelphipps

Friday, 4 August 2017

Cocktails in the City, Summer Edition

I have a soft spot for a perfectly crafted cocktail, so when the guys at Cocktails in the City asked if I wanted to come along to their summer edition in London I obviously jumped at the chance to have some of London's best bars (including some of my all time favourites, and places I've never been able to get in before) all in one place for me to sample. The concept is simple, everyone sets up in the park, you get a welcome drink on the £15 ticket price, and then you buy tokens at £7.50 each which you can exchange for drinks, practically all of which would cost upwards of £10 in their bricks and mortar counterparts. Each bar as their own themed seating area, and they'll be in Glasgow, Bristol, Los Angeles (so jealous) and Edinburgh later this year.
Aviation Bar at Hush Mayfair, Cocktails in the City | @rachelphipps

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Student Eats is Published Today (!) + Hangover Cure Chilaquiles

I promise after today is over I'll try and not be gushy about this again, but I honestly can't believe this day is here. Two years ago I was lucky enough to be asked to write a cookbook for students by Ebury at Penguin Random House, one of my favourite cookbook publishers, and a year ago I submitted my photos and manuscript after probably the hardest and most challenging year producing Student Eats of my life. And now it is here. Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered the book so far; friends were texting me screenshots of their dispatch emails from Amazon yesterday, so your copies should be with you later today! 
Student Eats Hangover Cure Chilaquiles | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Places To Drink In London: Merchant House, The City

Welcome to my first ever 'Places To Drink In London'! Recently I've been spending a lot more time going to bars to catch up with friends after work, but places where we can sit and have a few good cocktails and peruse an impressive wine list, somewhere with good music and a vibe but so that it is not too loud you can't talk to each other, and somewhere where the bar snacks are so on point you don't need to worry about not having dinner. First up? Merchant House in the City, just by Mansion House station which I was invited to review with my friend Eddie the other week (on what just so randomly happened to be their hula night!) 
Cocktails and Bar Snacks at Merchant House, The City | @rachelphipps