Friday, 29 September 2017

Weekly Love: Week 207

I'm off to Manchester this weekend, but if you're staying in London and you've not already been, can I recommend that you head on down to the Sir John Soane's Museum? Located just of Lincoln's Inn Fields this amazing Georgian townhouse (the country's smallest National museum) is stuffed to the rafters with things like Greek vases, Roman grave markers and an Egyptian King's sarcophagus that the neo-classical architect collected on his Grant Tour - I went yesterday, and it was a wonderful place to while away an hour hiding from the temperamental early-autumn weather. It is free to visit, but barely any of the artefacts are labelled so while there are curators on hand in every room it might be worth investing in one of the £3 guide books. 
Weekly Love 29.09.17[1]
1. Taco Tuesdays at El Pastor in Borough Market. | 2. Beautiful crystal blue water at the beach in St. Malo, Brittany - lots more of my travel snaps to follow! | 3. Parma Violet and Kinder Egg Gelato from Sanchez in St. Malo. | 4. Chocolate raspberry cheesecake to round off a lovely pub lunch at The Gatekeeper in Etchinghill. | 5. Weeknight burgers, pizza and red wine at The Royal Oak in  Twickenham. | 6. One of the best dishes I've had in London for ages: schnitzel pork chop topped with bonito mayo, chilli oil, rocket, lightly pickled cucumber cubes, and the most delicious and curious pickled shimeji mushrooms at Lupin's in Borough.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Places To Eat In London: Hot Pot, Chinatown

Sometimes there are experiences you have with food that excite you so much it totally changes the way you think about certain ingredients or a certain cuisine. A years long (and still ongoing) love affair with Korean food was born from my first Korean barbecue experience in Los Angeles' Koreatown one afternoon during my study abroad year in 2012, and the other week I had the most exciting interactive meal since that in Chinatown (which can be hit and miss for restaurants): I was invited for my first ever Chinese hot pot.
Dinner at Hot Pot, Chinatown | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

An Organic Fruit and Veg Box from Abel & Cole + A New Cookbook

Anyone who lives near a farmers market, grows their own vegetables or receives a weekly (or monthly) veg box will get excited about a brand new cookbook full of veg-centric recipes. While I love living near Borough Market it can get expensive, and while it is great my parents grow their own fruit and veg it is more than a little bit annoying carrying it with me on the train, then the tube. So, when Abel & Cole, the king of organic veggies offered to send me one of their boxes and their new cookbook to my door in honour of Organic September obviously I jumped at the luxury of having quality produce delivered to me for a change. 
Golden Maple & Walnut Parsnips from Abel & Cole How To Eat Brilliantly Everyday | @rachelphipps

Friday, 22 September 2017

Student Suppers: Baked Eggs with Black Pudding & Potatoes

We're well into autumn now, and it is getting cold out. Leaving the house without a coat is now simply not an option, so today I thought I'd sort out dinner for you with an easy, relatively quick (the only reason this does not fall into the thirty minute meal category is you need to par-boil some potatoes and slow cook some onions - both things that can be done during Sunday meal prep if that is your sort of thing) and hearty. Today I'm borrowing baked eggs from their usual tomato heavy sauces and sitting them in a bed of crisp, sautéed potatoes, rich, toasted black pudding and sweet, sticky onions. Parsley is our friend for some punch.
Baked Eggs with Black Pudding, Potatoes & Onions | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Places To Eat In London: El Pastor, Borough Market

I love me a good taco, so obviously since I moved back to London within walking distance of Borough Market, I have wanted to try El Pastor, the famous taco joint on Stoney Street bordering the market. It's had rave reviews, and while I won't mention it further because it is not fair for a business to be reduced to what is done to them, but there is a certain solidarity you can feel with a place when your place of work has been attacked by terrorists this year, too. They don't do reservations, so be prepared to wait around and have a few drinks, or do what we did - go for lunch towards the end of service when things are winding down on a weekday.
Lunch at El Pastor, Borough Market | @rachelphipps

Monday, 18 September 2017

Recipe: Chocolate Cake with Lazy Piped Matcha Frosting

I'm not a big baker. There are those people who can do bake and cook, there are the people who are wonderful bakers but don't really feel comfortable whipping up a savoury meal, and there are people who can cook beautifully but don't really 'get' baking. Then there are the people like me, who are perfectly competent bakers who could fulfil practically all of the challenges on The Great British Bake Off who simply don't enjoy baking that much. Funny, as my Super Simple 3-Step Chocolate Brownies are the most popular recipe on this site of all time. However, sometimes the mood takes me to bake something simple, with just a little twist.
Chocolate Cake with Matcha Frosting | @rachelphipps

Friday, 15 September 2017

Places To Eat In London: Lupin's, Borough

My diary has been pretty full recently of exciting street food and world flavours, so when it came to choose somewhere to go to lunch on Saturday I had just two criteria: that I would not have to get on the tube to get there (something pretty easy to manage living in Borough, within walking distance of the market, Bermondsey Street, Flat Iron Square and the Southwark restaurant district), and that the chosen spot did something exciting with local ingredients in what has come to be the 'British' way, meaning that while there were some world influences and flavours in there, it was not religiously subscribed to one cuisine.
Courgette, Chilli & Ricotta Croquettes with Spiced Honey at Lupins, Borough | @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Picnic Time: Easy Almond & Apricot Sausage Rolls

With a wobbly few days at the start of the month, it looks like we are going to get to enjoy something of an Indian Summer. So, for my second post collaborating with the team at Appletiser (there is still time to make the Barbecue Pesto Prawns with Pea, Feta & Avocado Salad we made in July) I thought we'd go for a (back garden, so you can easily retreat in case of rain!) picnic together in case, like me, you have failed to get the basket out of the basement and dry clean your picnic rug to head out into the great outdoors yet this year.
Indian Summer Picnic with Appletiser | @rachelphipps

Monday, 11 September 2017

Signing Books & Cooking Live at the We Love Hythe Food Festival

I love a good food festival, so on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday Weekend my family piled into the car (my aunt and uncle came too!) because it just so happened that I'd been asked to judge the cake competition, do a cooking demonstration and sign some books at the second annual We Love Hythe Food Festival run by Hythe Life Magazine - the nearest food festival to where my parents have just moved to in Kent. As well as getting to share Student Eats with the local community some of my local foodie favourites were there so it was nice to catch up, and I've fallen head over heels in love with yet another local food truck I want to show you.
In the Demo Kitchen  at We Love Hythe Food Festival with Student Eats | @rachelphipps

Friday, 8 September 2017

Weekly Love: Week 206

Autumn is actually here, isn't it? While during the day as long as it is not raining I've been getting away with throwing a cardigan on, on Wednesday night on the way back from seeing Limehouse Golem (a rather good film, by the way) and last night trying to squeeze one more Aperol Spritz out of the summer outside a pub in Westminster I had to snuggle up in my much loved Barbour. I think later today I might put away all my summer clothes (once I've built myself up enough to actually tackle my ironing pile, that is!) and fill my wardrobe up with snuggly jumpers and through my favourite wool blanket across the bottom of my bed. 
Weekly Love 08.09.17[1]
1. Sunshine breakfasts on the House of Commons terrace. | 2. Spying Student Eats front and centre in my local Canterbury Waterstones. | 3. Epic Asian barbecue street food sandwich from Smokin Lotus at Kerb West India Quay. | 4. Signing copies of Student Eats at the We Love Hythe Food Festival - more photos from the festival to follow!  | 5. The best taco bowl I've ever had and a tasty bowlful of pesto zoodles for lunch at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury. | 6. Bright, end of summer blooms outside Liberty's.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Places To Eat In London: Rail House Cafe, Victoria

In years previous, I never knew the answer to the question of where to eat in Victoria. There was literally nothing good near the station. However, over the past year so many incredible new (and some old favourite) places have popped up to compliment the takeaways and chains on Victoria Street. Many of these new eateries are focused in the Nova Food complex (where I had a delicious Ahi Poke bowl and Crosstown matcha doughnut for lunch the other week), so it was obvious Sherin and I needed to choose between their two new avocado heavy brunch spots for our Sunday brunch catch up last week: Timmy Green and Rail House Cafe. Rail House had the edge because they had matcha waffles, so we booked a table and went to check it out.
Sunday Brunch at Rail House Cafe, Victoria | @rachelphipps

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Feed Your Happy: Late Summer Soft Cheeseboard

Trying to throw a dinner party in a house that only has a partial kitchen and barely other rooms suitable for guests, let alone finished is a challenge. So, while I accepted that we would have to eat inside for the main course (even though most of the food was cooked on the barbecue) for my summer party this year, I was adamant that if the weather held we'd at least have our starters in the sun trap by my parents pond. Last year at my Road to Rio themed dinner I'd had such a success with an interactive starter before we all sat down, so I settled on a soft cheeseboard everyone could help themselves to served with lots of pink champagne. 
Late Summer Soft Cheeseboard | @rachelphipps

Friday, 1 September 2017

Video: Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta

Something a bit different for you all today: I've got some cooking videos to share! I thought it was about time I posted some more video content (I'm always being asked for it, and it's only been 4 years since my last recipe video!) so I thought I'd post my favourite of a series of videos I filmed for The Student Room from my book Student Eats. We filmed them in the very old, very cramped, 80's galley kitchen at my parents new house which I think by the time you're seeing these will be half ripped out ready for our redesign. This pasta is the first thing I make myself whenever I move into a new flat, and if anything it is even better cold the next day.
Roasted Summer Vegetable Pasta from Student Eats | @rachelphipps