Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Student Suppers: Syrian Baked Lamb & Aubergine

Usually cooking for boys, I always see it as a massive win if I make a dish heavily featuring an ingredient someone claims not to like, and it completely wins them over. With a few exceptions (I don't think anyone could ever get me to love a peanut) I am of the firm belief that people don't have likes and dislikes for ingredients, just ways things are cooked. This dish is case in point; I used to say I hated lamb, but it turns out that I love lamb if it is minced and gently spiced. However, this dish is not all about the lamb. This dish is all about the aubergines, that become melty and silky, and absorb all of the spiced lamb juices like a sponge as they're baked with the lamb. This is the dish to serve to people who claim they don't like aubergines.
Syrian Baked Lamb & Aubergine with Pine Nuts #syria #lamb #aubergine #eggplant #dinner

Monday, 21 May 2018

Secret Gin Garden at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminster

Finding somewhere to drink outside in London during the summer is a problem. It's not that there are any shortage of great bar terraces and pub gardens, it is that they are always absolutely packed. Even with two of you, it is pot luck that you'll be able to be spontaneous about finding a table anywhere. However, I was invited to a party showcasing a gin garden in Westminster last week that is so well hidden that even now I've let the cat out of the bag you'll still be able to head along for bathtub sized G&T's and some rather excellent tapas. Hidden out back of The Royal Horseguards Hotel in a back street behind Whitehall (I used to work in Westminster, and I still needed a map to find it!) Fever Tree have created a Secret Herb Garden.
Fever Tree Tonics at The Royal Horseguards Hotel's Secret Herb Garden #tonic #gingarden #pubgarden #hotel #london

Friday, 18 May 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #11: A Week Of Meat Free Mondays

After putting a shout out for theme requests on Instagram, the overwhelming response was that you all wanted to see more vegetarian dishes as part of my Weekly Meal Plans. We tackled the topic of vegetarian weeknight dishes that would even win over dedicated meat eaters way back in February, so today I thought I'd focus more on the sorts of veggie dishes I make for myself when no one else is home - I cook meat almost every day because I'm cooking for people who won't eat a meal without meat in; left to my own devices, I'm about 95% vegetarian at home! All of us are eating less and less meat, to the point where I think we've even moved past just having a Meat Free Monday: let us try for a Meat Free Monday almost every day!
Weekly Meal Plan Week of Meat Free Mondays

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Another Fantastic Stay at Manoir de Malagorse, Cuzance

On a press trip to the France's delicious Perigord region in May 2016 I was lucky enough to spend the night at the most incredible place. While it is technically a hotel, Manoir de Malagorse, just outside Cuzance in the Lot region of South West France is more like a beautiful, idyllic home that you have been invited to stay at. Writing about travel as I do I rarely go back to the same place twice, constantly chasing new content, but that night I just knew I had to bring my family back for another stay. So, after leaving the Loire Valley behind us we jumped in the car and headed down into the Dordogne Valley to start the next leg of our journey.
Manoir de Malagorse, France #hotel #travel #france

Monday, 14 May 2018

Recipe: Pasta with Spring Greens & Fresh Spinach Pesto

This post was created in partnership with Appletiser. Happy Meat Free Monday! Today I have teamed up with Appletiser to celebrate the best of new season produce, served with nutty wholemeal pasta in a super delicious, super healthy weeknight for two. While yes, you can serve this on the regular as part of your pasta rotation, but I think we should do more to celebrate on a weeknight: stop by the farmers market during your lunch break to choose your veg rather than picking it up in your weekly shop, plate it up properly for the two of you at the table with matching knives, forks and linen napkins, and serve your sparkling soft drink (I'm drinking more and more Appletiser now I'm trying to only drink during the week if I'm going out or entertaining, as it is a bit different to my all day sparkling water habit!) in wine glasses, over ice.
Pasta with Spring Greens and Fresh Spinach Pesto #pasta #spinach #springgreens #snappeas #asparagus #leeks #meatfreemonday

Friday, 11 May 2018

Weekly Love: Week 130

Well, I'm finally back in London! If you've been following me on social media, you'll know I've had an incredible two weeks or so first in Kent, then traveling down to the Loire Valley (my post about which is already online!), then on to the Dordogne, travelling north again to spend some time in Brittany, before soaking up the last of the Bank Holiday sun back in Kent then before returning to London. I'm so excited to share all of the photos I took and some stories from the trip, but while I work on narrowing down and editing the 10,000+ shots I took (!) be sure to head over to my Instagram, where most of what I got up to, from the hotels we stayed in, restaurants we ate in and chateaux we explored and caves we went down into are saved in my highlights.
Weekly Love 11.05.18[1]
1. Lunch and cocktails in the sunshine at 108 Brasserie in Marylebone. | 2. Exploring the UNESCO site of Rocamadour in South West France. | 3. The view of Rocamadour old town from across the valley. | 4. Exploring the famous topiary gardens of Eyrignac in the Dordogne - blog post coming soon! | 5. Lunching in Brittany on our spoils from the Saturday morning market in Sarlat: smoked duck, heirloom tomatoes, butter lettuces and local strawberries. | 6. My first Aperol Spritz of the season at Tuttons in Covent Garden.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

How To Spend A Day In The Northern Loire Valley (If It Is Raining!)

What a trip! We've packed so much in since we started our trip around France down in the Loire Valley, then on to the Dordogne, then back up to Brittany it feels like forever since we huddled in the cold and the wet exploring the Loire, but it was actually only last Monday! While the original plan was to head straight down to the Dordogne for our family holiday before a few days rest at my parents home in Brittany, a nine hour straight drive seemed a little unfair for my father to do himself (I'm only brave enough to drive on French country roads not motorways, and my mother is so short she can only just see over a Range Rover steering wheel!) so a two night stop over was planned in the Loire Valley, just south of Orléans (the birthplace of Joan of Arc for all you religious history people out there) so we could explore the area for a day (and drink some of the local wine!) We were treated to a freezing 6 degrees and a lot of rain, but we made the most of it with a packed day, so here is my guide to spending a day in the Northern Loire, in the rain!
Château les Muids, Loire Valley #loire #france #travel

Monday, 7 May 2018

Places To Eat In London: Horvarda, Soho

If it is on in your city, this is me telling you to go book tickets to go and see Book of Mormon. I was taken as a birthday present, and I don't think I can remember smiling or laughing that much in ages. Now, if you're off to see Book of Mormon in London, the theatre is across the road at the end of Rupert Street in Soho, where some pretty awesome pre-theatre dinner options are presented to you. There is a Brindisa if you're after some Spanish tapas, and XU (which I'm reviewing next week) if you're after some of the best Taiwanese dumplings I've had in ages. I'm a massive fan of The Paloma but you'll have to be conservative with your ordering to make sure you get to the theatre in time, but if it is a celebration or special occasion, you should go to Horvarda.
Hovarda, Soho #greek #turkish #london #soho

Friday, 4 May 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #10: Budget Bites

I got my start writing about food producing quick, healthy, easy, and most importantly cheap meals for students. While I'm no longer a student anymore and I feel like I've been there, done that in writing Student Eats, it does not mean that I don't still want this blog to be a resource full of weeknight friendly dishes that anyone who can follow a list of basic instructions can make, and yes that means anyone on any budget. So, for this weeks Weekly Meal Plan (you can find all of my previous Weekly Meal Plans here) I've put together a menu of five wallet friendly (and still easy, quick and super tasty) eats to see you through the week.
Weekly Meal Plan Budget Bites

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Places To Eat In London: Fancy Crab, Marylebone

Sometimes at lunch, you just get lucky. Fancy Crab in Marylebone has been on 'the list' ever since I read about it on Mehreen's blog, and Kelly and I decided that it would be the perfect spot for a girls lunch out before she moved away from the city. What we expected was some delicious, fresh seafood. What we did not expect was to be told that because they were celebrating their new menu, that day every single item was going to be half price. We checked, and the offer really did include every single item. So, obviously we ordered the FC Deluxe Tower: an amazing, tiered mountain of every single seafood item you can think of, which in fact had never, ever been ordered in the restaurant before. Usually coming in at £100, this is celebration eating at its finest.
Fancy Crab, Marylebone

Monday, 30 April 2018

Places To Eat In London: Table Cafe, Southwark

While outside of London I review a good amount of pubs and classic, British restaurants, because we're so lucky to have a veritable kaleidoscope of world cuisines at our fingertips I tend to overlook decent, English fayre. So, when we were invited to review supper at The Table a few weeks ago, I was reminded how much I enjoy good, English ingredients used in an exciting way with a good, crisp glass of wine. If you work on Southbank, instead of getting on the tube after work in hunt for dinner or heading in the direction of Borough Market, head along to the table for dinner instead (they do jazz on Wednesdays!)
Table Cafe, Southbank #london

Friday, 27 April 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #9: Sunshine Suppers

If feels like we've been waiting for months, but we're finally at the point where we can cook bright, sunshine suppers that remind us of warmer climes for dinner every night. I don't know about you, but while I do love a steaming bowl of soup or a comforting stew, dinners designed for warmer weather and lazy evenings sitting outside by the barbecue with a chilled glass of rose in hand are what I infinitely prefer. So, while this scene sounds like it would involve a lot of time and effort to put together, if you choose your dishes carefully this can be your reality every evening. So, here are five of my favourite sunshine suppers for you to try next week!
Sunshine Suppers Weekly Meal Plan

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Recipe: Mexican Prawn Cocktails + Rick Stein's Road To Mexico

When I was clearing out the fridge, freezer and cupboards in the shared apartment in Los Angeles rented when I went to UCLA for some reason I had an awful lot of frozen prawns to get through. One of the recipes that resulted from this great clear out was my Breaded Prawns with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce. As a result, I ate an awful lot of prawn cocktail salads for dinner. It was when I found myself explaining to my roommates what on earth I was doing mixing ketchup and mayo to make Marie Rose did I discover that the American idea of a 'prawn cocktail' was a tabasco spiked tomato sauce number, where you dipped the prawns in the sauce. I dismissed the idea, until I found a classic Mexican Prawn Cocktail with a complex, chipotle-tomato sauce, juicy chunks of fresh tomato and creamy cubes of avocado in Rick Stein's latest book Road To Mexico
Mexican Prawn Cocktails from Rick Stein's Road To Mexico #prawn #shrimp #prawncocktail #shrimpcocktail #mexican #tomato #avocado #chipolte

Monday, 23 April 2018

Cocktail Hour: Cucumber & Jalapeño Margaritas

This post was created in partnership with 31 Dover. Today we're combining Margarita Monday with Cinco de Mayo prep with an easy Cucumber & Jalapeño Margarita, made with my favourite Altos Tequila and a super simple, super refreshing cucumber/ lime juice you can make regardless of if you've got a fancy juicer at home, a NutriNinja like mine, or just a bog standard food processor. Be sure to serve along with plenty of guacamole, Pico de Gallo salsa and tortilla chips (you can find my recipes for all of these in Student Eats, a couple of the Mexican Prawn Cocktails I'll be sharing on Wednesday, and a big bowl of my Homemade Chicken Fajitas.
Homemade Cucumber & Jalapeño Margaritas #margarita #cocktail #cucumber #jalapeno #tequila #cincodemayo #party #summer

Friday, 20 April 2018

Weekly Love: Week 129

For those of you who never watched it or missed a season, everyone is really excited at the moment that the original seasons of The Great British Bake Off (aka the ones with Mary Berry in them) are now on Netflix. However, I want to let you know about another, Bake Off-style baking show I've been binging and I've just finished: Zumbo's Just Desserts. It's an Aussie version of Bake Off (hosted by Rachel Khoo and famous Australian pastry chef Adriano Zumbo) focusing on patissier style cakes and desserts, which is basically Bake Off on speed with some of the most complex, beautiful and bonkers desserts out there. Queue it ready for when the heatwave breaks and we're all forced back inside again after these beautiful few days!
Weekly Love 20.04.18
1. Dinner at my parents house in Kent at golden hour (returning my car so I don't have to park it on my excessively expensive street!) | 2. A fantastic scoop of Mint Aero Gelato from the Luxury Ice Cream Company in York. | 3. Enjoying the best of spring with some beautiful blush pink roses. | 4. Lunchtime visits to Chinatown. | 5. Cherry blossoms out in full force inside the walled garden at Fulham Palace. | 6. York Minster Cathedral in the early evening light.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Places To Eat In London: The Good Egg, Kingly Court

So, when it comes to travelling around London for food, I'm surprisingly lazy. I've known for ages that if I headed out to Stoke Newington to visit The Good Egg I'd get an amazing meal. I know people expect me to be the type of person who would travel ages for this awesome piece of food, but I'm actually really not. Stoke Newington is effort, so obviously it has taken me this long to review The Good Egg, because it has a) taken this long for The Good Egg to open up in Central London, and b) taken until the other week for a friend to choose it from the three options I usually counter with when I'm asked to suggest a dinner venue! But, now they're located on Carnaby Street's Kingly Court people like me who don't like long tube journeys can now, thankfully, sample their famous babka (I've known people to order a piece to take away and stash it in the freezer!) 
Brunch at The Good Egg, Kingly Court #goodegg #lunch #london

Monday, 16 April 2018

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Deakins

In London, I've realised I don't really go 'shopping'. Okay, so occasionally if something specific is needed but choices need narrowing down a hellish trip to Westfield will be embarked upon, but mostly for things that are not groceries things tend to be picked up all over, a White Company diffuser for the bathroom after lunch in Covent Garden here, a cashmere jumper in the Jigsaw sale on the way down Piccadilly there. But when I'm in Canterbury, shopping trips happen. Typically they're a mother daughter affair, we each have a couple of things to get on the list (but lots of browsing still happens too) and more recently as I'm no longer living at home and our trips are always a treat these days, a pre-shopping breakfast or mid-shopping lunch is key.
Calamari at Deakins, Canterbury #calamari #lunch #canterbury

Friday, 13 April 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #8: Freezer Fillers

Next week I have a project for you: filling your freezer with a whole load of delicious, healthy, homemade meals you can enjoy on the weeks you don't have time to meal plan. Either if you're cooking for just you and like to freeze leftovers, or are like me and worry about the person you leave behind when you go out for dinner getting a nutritious meal, there is nothing better than having homemade meals ready that are not chasing a refrigerator use by date for when cooking is just not an option. Here are five of my favourites.
Weekly Meal Plan Freezer Fillers

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Bespoke Wine Delivered To Your Door from Clara Wine

While I am, trying to cut down so I'm only drinking when I'm celebrating, entertaining, out to dinner or at the weekend, there can be no doubt how much I love a good glass of wine. I'm not picky; sparkling, red, white, pink, or orange, depending on my mood I love it all. However, while I know a fair bit about wine (and will probably know even more once I've made it through The Wine Dictionary) I don't always celebrate the bottles I drink at home; usually it is one of our family favourites from the French supermarket, or whatever is on offer in Waitrose. So, when Clara Wine, a new monthly subscription wine service got in touch to see if I wanted to try their unique, bespoke delivery service, I thought I'd allow them to put a bit more thought into my choices!
Wine Subscription from Clara Wine

Monday, 9 April 2018

Recipe: Griddled Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Bowl

Hello I'm Rachel and I can't stop blogging Asian-inspired bowlfuls. First there were my Korean Pork Belly Bun Bowls, then I made Korean Prawn Rice Bowls with Sesame Pak Choi. To kick off the New Year I made Easy Salmon Poke Bowls (I know, poke is Hawaiian not Asian, but I served it with Asian condiments!), then Cold Korean Noodle Bowls. Today, ahead of barbecue season we're busting out the indoor griddle to make some delicious, succulent Vietnamese chicken that just so happens to be great served over a Vietnamese-style bun/ summer roll bowl. Perfect for barbecues, lunches, light dinners, and packed lunches. 
Griddled Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Bowl

Friday, 6 April 2018

Weekly Love: Week 128

I'm here again to tell you about two of my new favourite binge watches: The Bold Type (for Amazon Prime users) and Greenleaf (for Netflix subscribers). While I have shows I watch with my family, I save some binges just for me which I put on the big screen while I'm editing blog photos; a bit like my Mum catches up on her shows while she does her ironing. The Bold Type is trashy but excellent, a sort of Millennial Devil Wears Prada following the work and relationships 3 twenty somethings who started out as assistants at a magazine that is obviously supposed to be Cosmopolitan. Greenleaf is a little different: it follows the internal politics of a gospel super church in Memphis run by one family (the Greenleafs), and while religion runs through the whole show (and is not really my thing) there is also the same amount of money, power plays and sex scandals you'd expect from a made for Netflix binge watcher (two seasons are online now!)
Weekly Love 06.04.18
1. Camilla trying to assist while I shoot an upcoming blog post for Clara Wines. | 2. An incredible lunch at The Good Egg on Kingly Court - full review coming soon! | 3. Enjoying the spring sunshine out and about in Soho. | 4. Post-Easter lunch family games of Monopoly. | 5. Heading to Gelupo to try their limited edition, Korean-inspired Burnt Rice Gelato. | 6. A fantastic lunch with flawless service at XU in Chinatown - again, my full review will be coming soon!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Korean Rice Bowls & Burnt Rice Gelato with Mee Market X Gelupo

I was at lunch with a fellow blogger the other week and we were talking about how sometimes I feel like I say the same thing over and over on the blog, but in reality only about 5% of my readers read every single post: I can't take for granted that people reading my blog know something about me because I've said it before. So, here is an update for any of you who don't know: I really, really love Korean food. I love eating out, my favourite restaurant in the world is a Korean barbecue joint, and I cook a hell of a lot of Korean food at home. So, when I was invited to try a new lunchtime collaboration between brand new Soho Korean market and rice shop Mee Market and the local favourite gelataria, Gelupo, I said yes very, very quickly.
Burnt Rice Gelato from Mee Market X Gelupo #burntrice #icecream #gelato

Monday, 2 April 2018

Places To Eat In London: Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill

I've been trying to eat at the Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill for years. With such a long list of places I want to try, a failed attempt usually means any given locations gets bumped down the list a but in favour of somewhere shinier, and newer and it is sometimes months, years even before I get around to giving it a second shot. While I've been for drinks at the Carnaby Street location, and even suggested it to friends a few times for dinner (I'm always relied on to choose where we eat, so I turn the tables a bit by always coming back with three options they need to choose from!), it has taken since a friend and I turned up to eat lunch one day in 2014 to find it inexplicably closed for me to finally eat there, as a guest of the British Virgin Islands who are celebrating the fact that life there is starting to return to normal after the hurricane that caused such devastation.
Plantain Fries at  at Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill

Friday, 30 March 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #7: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Chicken. What, generations ago used to be a rather pricy Sunday roast treat is now probably the most common animal protein that we're all obsessed with eating. It is easy and delicious to cook, so therefore I see absolutely no reason not to enjoy chicken for dinner every single night next week. A few notes on the chicken you buy: always make sure your birds are free-range (this is the minimum welfare standard you should accept) and preferably British to support British farming. Basically, get the best you can afford.
Weekly Meal Plan Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Student Suppers: Pea & Mint Crusted Salmon with Rice & Kale

This post was created in collaboration with AppletiserWhen I'm not testing recipes, I like really simple meals most nights, sometimes just with a little twist so I don't get bored of having the same thing over and over. A classic 'Rachel Weeknight' is a bowl or plate of baked or poached salmon, kale, and either plain brown or cauliflower rice. Sometimes I make a quick marinade for the salmon from a pre-made curry paste, crust the fish with herbs and nuts, and the salmon crusted with pesto breadcrumbs is one of my favourite recipes in Student Eats. Spring is *finally* here, so I've taken to topping my salmon with a lemony pea and mint mash, craving all of the green. It is so quick and easy to do, and while it does not look like much, it is the sort of supper that feels really light, but still really nourishing at the end of a long day. 
Pea & Mint Crusted Salmon with Rice & Kale

Monday, 26 March 2018

Places To Eat In London: Pastaio, Soho

I know it is a bit unfair to compare one restaurant to another (I remember sitting next to a well know chef at a dinner where he was ranting about how unfair it was to review his pub and another he saw as another caliber in the same Guardian review), but I think you can't talk about any fresh pasta restaurant in London without talking about Padella. I walked past Padella every day for almost 10 months living in Borough, and while I tried several times, never managed to get a table. So, now I want to tell you about a great new(ish) place in Soho where the pasta is so good I'm going to give up trying Padella: Pastaio. While they also don't take reservations, they have a lovely big space off of Carnaby Street, and you can actually go in at lunchtime and get a table.
Homemade Pasta at Pastaio, Soho #pasta #pastaio #london

Friday, 23 March 2018

Weekly Love: Week 127

I turned 25 on Wednesday, and as I celebrate a quarter of a century I want to share my next big venture with you all. Some of you may already have seen it on social media, but let me introduce you to Glendon Studios: a new, Pinterest-focused social media consultancy I have been working on to help small businesses and lifestyle influencers harness the power of Pinterest to grow their audience and spread the word! Be sure to check out our blog for handy marketing tips, (and follow us on Instagram for the same) see what services we offer, or get in touch if you would like some guidance on how to grow your Pinterest presence, or you'd like to hire someone to manage your page so you can focus on creating great products and killer content!
Weekly Love 23.03.18[1]
1. Birthday lunching at The Compasses Inn. | 2. Picking out birthday pastries at Gail's Bakery on Fulham High Street - their still warm brioche filled with custard and blueberries are truly excellent. | 3. Sorting out my birthday blooms into vases (sensing a theme here?!) | 4. Making hot cross buns for the first time in our new family kitchen (see the tour on my Instagram Highlights!) | 5. Spring flowers brightening my walks through the city. | 6. Mummy daughter lunching at Deakins in Canterbury (review coming soon!)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Recipe: One Pan Greek Lamb Meatballs with Orzo & Feta

I've only ever eaten terrible food in Greece. I've been twice on school trips, and the problem with these albeit amazing experiences around the classical world (I studied classics right up to my second year of undergrad) is that they were highly budgeted. I remember after one trip we had a reunion dinner in Canterbury (in the little Greek restaurant that is now Oscar & Bentley, but if you're after great Greek food in Canterbury I adore Zeus) and we talked about how much better the Greek food was in England, than in Greece! However, the bright, Mediterranean flavours, and some fantastic Greek food I've had here in the UK has totally won me over, to the point where I actually love cooking Greek food at home, ignoring what I've actually eaten there!
One Pan Greek Lamb Meatballs with Orzo and Feta #lamb #meatballs #greek #feta #orzo #onepan #onepot #winner

Monday, 19 March 2018

9 Of My Favourite Independent Shops in Canterbury

This post was created in partnership with Canterbury BID. I spend so much time telling you that you should hop on the High Speed from St. Pancras and enjoy lunch at some of my favourite places to eat in Canterbury (you need to try the egg sandwiches at The Naughty Egg, my favourite Greek food is at Zeus (forget anywhere Greek I've tried in London!) and I'm still obsessed with The Skinny Kitchen, though great news they're opening in Boxpark Croydon soon!) but I don't spend nearly enough time telling you where you should check out once you're there. I may live in Zone 2, but I actually do most of my shopping when it comes to gifts and home ware in Canterbury independents. So today, I thought I'd share 9 of my local favourites!
Madame Oiseau, Canterbury #chocolate #canterbury

Friday, 16 March 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #6: Make-ahead Lunches

Something a little different for this fortnights Weekly Meal Plan, I've decided instead of planning your dinners every weeknight, this week I thought starting on Sunday night I'd plan your make-ahead lunches for the week ahead. You can of course eat all of these for dinner (anything can be made night time suitable with the addition of a good glass of wine, I've found), so by following this easy plan you have both a week of great dinners ahead of you, and you get to be the smug person with the fancy packed lunch every day next week!
Weekly Meal Plan Make-ahead Lunches

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Lunchtime at The Kitchen, Old Spitalfields Market

We Londoners are lucky that we have some of the best street food in the world tube stop away. We're also very lucky that some of our cities best street food vendors have morphed into some of the worlds best restaurants (here is looking at you Bao!) So, when I heard that some sort of hybrid; small, professional kitchens out in the open, surrounded by more street food stalls had opened up in Old Spitalfields Market, I put a note in my diary that I must stop by for lunch with some old favourites, and new discoveries.
Chicken Tacos from Breddos Tacos at The Kitchen at Old Spitalfields Market #tacos #breddostacos #london #streetfood

Monday, 12 March 2018

Recipe: Cold Korean Noodle Bowl

Let us talk about my new favourite, make-ahead lunch that makes the most of fridge leftovers and store cupboard ingredients: my Cold Korean Noodle Bowls. The only thing you have to have in stock for sure is some type of noodle and a handful of kimchee. I've adapted these a fair bit from my favourite book on Korean cooking, Our Korean Kitchen (you can read more about it in my review here), and the below recipe makes for a great template for what you have leftover. The shreds of crispy duck and spring onions in this bowl, for example, were leftover from a big Chinese takeaway where we massively over ordered! 
Cold Korean Noodle Bowls with Soft Eggs & Crispy Duck #korean #noodles #bowlfood #duck #eggs #soba

Friday, 9 March 2018

Weekly Love: Week 126

One for my American readers today: finally, almost a year after it was published here in the UK, Student Eats is available to pre-order (it is out on June 26th) in the USA! (You can pre-order your copy here!) I never really thought about anyone but a British audience when I wrote the book; my own American college experience taught me people either lived in dorms where you can't cook, or actually had pretty decent skills if they lived out. However, since the book came out over here I've found this is simply not the case, quite a few of you were after a great, student cookbook, especially as a gift for college-bound family members. I can't wait for you to get your hands on it, and sorry about the long wait (blame my publishers, not me!)
Weekly Love 09.03>
1. Apparently Kelly and I were the first people to order the FC Deluxe Platter at Fancy Crab. It was totally worth it, and look out for a review of this fantastic seafood restaurant coming soon! | 2. A throwback to our bloggers day out to the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival (finishing this weekend, you can still grab tickets!) | 3. Cold, crisp but gloriously sunny walks through the Kentish countryside. | 4. Spring blooms's putting a smile on my face. | 5. Some of the best pasta I've ever had at Pastaio in Soho - again, another review to look out for! | 6. Camilla posted her first Instagram. Obviously it was about how unimpressed she is with her humans.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Places To Eat In London: Vietfood, Chinatown

It was recently brought to my attention that for someone who does not see things made with the holy trinity of garlic, chilli and ginger, or that have not been seasoned with soy sauce rather than salt as traditional home cooking, I spend a hell of a lot of time in Chinatown. I'm actually working on a guide to my favourite places to eat and shop when I'm in the area, but for now when Chinatown reached out and asked if I wanted to go for dinner in the district to celebrate (a little belatedly I admit!) Chinese New Year I decided to buck the trend and go for somewhere I'd had my eye on for a while (their queues at lunchtime rival those at Bubblewrap!): Vietfood. I wanted to show that there was more to Chinatown than just Chinese food and flavours.
Chargrilled Lemongrass Chicken Wings at Vietfood, Chinatown #vietnamese #chinatown #london

Monday, 5 March 2018

Student Suppers: 10-Minute Chickpea Tikka Masala

I know not everyone relishes in the task of cooking dinner as much as I do. Even when I was working 9 to 6, I still looked forward to getting home and cooking myself something tasty, from scratch (with ample leftovers for the next day as my desk lunch, of course!) no matter how tired I was. Unless it was a Friday night and I wanted to curl up with something from Deliveroo and TGI Thursdays (hello fellow Grey's Anatomy/ Scandal/ How To Get Away With Murder fans), I pretty much always cooked. But you're not me, so I was really excited when the guys at the UK edition of Refinery 29 got in touch asking me if I could come up with three weeknight recipes you can make for under £5 each, and in only 10 minutes start to finish!
Vegan Chickpea Tikka Masala #vegan #indian #chickpea #curry #tikkamasala

Friday, 2 March 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #5: One Pan Suppers

This is one for all you washing up dodgers out there! This week, I'm sharing five easy weeknight recipes where all you need to cook them is one large saucepan, baking tray or casserole dish. I find cooking like this on a weeknight (especially now I no longer own a dishwasher so do all the washing up by hand) so much easier, and it really cuts down on my workload. So, get ready to start your shopping list, and perhaps use this as an excuse to treat yourself and Amazon Prime a new Le Creuset Casserole (I would be lost without mine!)
Weekly Meal Plan One Pan Suppers

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Places To Eat In London: Chicama, Chelsea

There are lots of places to eat in London that are Instagram famous. You see their aesthetic interiors, pretty plates and perfectly composed, flat-lay ready dishes again and again in your feed, and they become just that, Instagram hotspots. I think people forget that they're in a restaurant. One such restaurant you've probably seen pop up in your feed, probably without even realising it is Chicama in Chelsea. This was the location for our first Mummy/ daughter lunch of the year, and while I did not shoot that famous 'gram (you know which one I mean), I did take loads of photos of one of the most delicious meals with unique flavours and flawless service I've had for ages because I need to urge you to go. Chicama is so much more than just a pretty picture.
Tuna Tostadas at Chicama, Chelsea

Monday, 26 February 2018

Recipe: Spiced Aubergine with Barley, Yogurt & Pomegranate

This post was created in collaboration with Appletiser. Do you know how many recipes there are for Middle Eastern style aubergine in Google, with some sort of yogurt/ herb/ pomegranate concoction on top? To save you sifting through all of them, I thought I'd provide you with one easy template you can use for whatever you happen to have in stock. What is more, at the end of it you'll get a fridge clearing supper for one or two of you, that ticks at least one box on the fruit and veg front, and contains no added sugar. For the rest of this year I'll be teaming up with Appletiser to bring you a new weeknight meal every month to help you pack in those veggies and cut down on the amount of added sugar you use in your everyday cooking.
Middle Eastern Spiced Aubergine with Barley, Yogurt & Pomegranate #aubergine #eggplant #middleeastern #barley #pomegranate #yogurt

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Cocktail Hour: Earl Grey French 75's

This post was created in partnership with We Are Tea. Okay, so I need to apologise. I promise that as it gets warmer I'll start bringing you every variation of a margarita under the sun, but for now, in case my Classic French 75's, my Clementine French 75's, or my Italian 75's were not enough, I've got my new favourite way to drink a French 75: infused with Earl Grey tea. It's like a boozy Arnold Palmer, and I'm slightly in love. We had dinner at Cafe Murano St James on Valentines Day and with dessert I ordered a French 75 off-menu. The elderly couple next to us at the bar were fascinated, I had no idea my favourite was such a niche choice!  
How To Make a Earl Grey French 75

Friday, 23 February 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #4: Everyday Vegetarian

I had lunch a couple of months ago with someone who said they liked how my recipes were not really meat heavy, but were also not overtly vegetarian. So, this week for my Weekly Meal Plan I've decided to highlight five weeknight recipes that happen to be vegetarian without even trying to be, and that I think will still satisfy the meat eaters in your life, even if you usually dish up something without meat in to them and you're met with protests, complaints and queries (if you eat meat, but you prefer to eat mostly veggie, you've been there too!) Tell them that eating this way is both cheaper and healthier, and let them be amazed by the flavours!
Weekly Meal Plan Everyday Vegetarian

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

23rd Annual Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens & Thai Afternoon Tea

So, it got sunny and then got colder again (can it be spring already?) but don't worry: I have the perfect day out to cure your winter blues. If you hop on the District Line really far out to Kew Gardens, you'll find until 11th March their 23rd Annual Orchid Festival in the Prince of Wales Conservatory (the 11th also happens to be Mothers Day, so you could totally book tickets for you and your Mum if she loves orchids, and what Mother doesn't?) While I took loads of photos (below!) so readers around the country and across the world won't miss out, if you're in or around London you really need to see it in person to get the full effect!
Hanging Orchids at the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival 2018 #orchids #kewgardens #london

Monday, 19 February 2018

What To Buy and Bake For Your Mum This Mother's Day

Mother's Day is on 11th March this year, and this year I've actually been organised enough (!) to bring you all a guide full of gift suggestions, my picks of gift subscriptions, hampers, chocolates, flower arrangements and baking recipes for you to gift to/ look forward to doing with/ bake for your Mothers and Grandmothers in a couple of Sunday's time. However, this is just a rough guide if you're stuck for ideas. The best gifts money can't really buy, and doing something nice like doing the washing up, bringing breakfast in bed or picking some wild flowers will make all the difference if you're home. I was actually born on Mothers Day, and for my Mama, her first grandchild I think was the best gift she ever received!
Mothers Day Gift Guide 2018 #giftguide #mothersday

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Places To Eat In London: Oldroyd, Islington

As it currently stands, 'The List', a, well, list of all the places I want to go and eat in London stands at 153 entries. There are already 175 restaurant reviews on this blog over the 8 years I have been writing it, and while I am lucky enough to be one of 'those people' who gets invited to review some places for free, I just eat out because I love it. However, as much as I'd love to spend all my money on eating out I still need clothes to wear and rent to be paid on my beautiful West London flat, so this year I'm going to make it my mission to try more of London's set menus. Today we're starting at Oldroyd in Islington where on a weekday lunchtime you can get three incredible, seasonal courses for the £19 one of them should really be worth.
£19 Set Lunch at Oldroyd, Islington

Friday, 16 February 2018

Weekly Love: Week 125

Happy Chinese New Year! May your evening be full of hot pot, homemade prawn toasts, or at least your favourite takeaway (I had some last night, as I'm off out for dinner again tonight!) In totally unrelated news, podcast fans who happen to have an Audible account listen up: for members, they have launched a series of free podcasts, and while it is the only one I've listened to so far, 10 episodes in I'm totally hooked onto true crime number West Cork. I've also got Stephen Fry talking about the English language and a documentary on the dark web in my queue, and if you're not a member yet, it is worth signing up for a free trial so you get a month to access these (plus a free Audiobook!) You can do this here.
Weekly Love 16.02.18
1. 10/10 lunching on Peruvian seafood at Chicama in Chelsea, review coming soon! | 2. Exploring the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens. I took so many photos, so again one to look out for. | 3. Shopping for original Harry Potter graphic design prints at the House of Minalima in Soho (see my links below) - be sure to check out more of my snaps from this amazing gallery in my Instagram moments (click here if you're on mobile!) | 4. Enjoying the amazing, three course, £19 set lunch at Oldroyd in Islington - again, another review to look out for! (I've really been winning on the content creation front in the last few weeks!) | 5. Getting all dressed up for an incredible Valentines Day dinner at Cafe Murano in St. James. I did not take any pictures, but the food was fantastic - go, and don't miss out on the risotto and veal plate. | 6. Camilla obstructing bed making by making herself at home on my rainbow blanket.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Chinese New Year: How To Make An Easy Chinese Hot Pot

This post was created in partnership with Livingbox. As my friend Eddie and I sat down for my first ever experience of Chinese hot pot last September, he told me how one of his Chinese housemates had made hot pot at home, setting a big pot of gently bubbling, aromatic soup in the middle of the table, heading to the local Asian supermarket for a selection of veggies, seafood and impossibly thin pieces of meat for everyone to dip in the broth. We had a highly enjoyable and satisfying meal, so it was obvious to me that when Chinese New Year came around (it's on Friday, fyi) again I'd try my hand at making my own hot pot at home.
How To Make Chinese Hot Pot for Chinese New Year #hotpot #chinese #chinesenewyear

Friday, 9 February 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #3: Breakfast for Dinner

Doesn't eating foods usually had for breakfast at dinner time always make the meal feel so much more like a treat? I think this sort of thinking is what we ought to be bringing to our weeknights, and as I'm more of a savoury person over sweet anyway this week for my Weekly Meal Plan I've chosen five of my favourite breakfast and brunch recipes that would also make totally respectable fun weeknight dinner options. (This also doubles up as a post on how to eat eggs for dinner every night next week without actually realising it as I've tried to put as much variety as possible into my selection - be sure to buy a couple of big boxes!)
Weekly Meal Plan Breakfast For Dinner

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Valentines Day: Rose and Pomegranate G&T's

This post was created in partnership with 31 Dover. I know I've said this several times before, but I have a new way to drink gin and tonics. My new jam is to sub out some of the gin with a flavoured liquor (how much I switch out depends on the liquor) for a G&T with a twist. I spend a while adding a splash of Mighty Fine Things' Plum & Cardamom Liqueur along with my house favourite Gin Mare, now we're getting closer to Valentines Day I've switched to Edinburg Gin Distillery's pretty pink new Rose and Pomegranate number.
Rose and Pomegranate G&T's #ginandtonic #rose #pomegranate #gin #valentinesday

Monday, 5 February 2018

Places To Eat In London: SuperStar Korean Barbecue, Fitzrovia

As many of you may already know, my favourite food is Korean food, and probably my favourite and best food experience/ meal I've ever had was my first taste of Korean food and Korean barbecue when I stumbled into Soot Bull Jeep in Los Angeles' Koreatown (I say stumbled because at the time we had no idea it was one of L.A.'s most celebrated barbecue joints!) So, obviously, when the team at SuperStar Korean Barbecue on the border of Covent Garden and Fitzrovia (you know, one of those big glass restaurants by Tottenham Court Road and the Google offices, it used to be Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks?) got in touch to see if I wanted to stop by for dinner, I jumped at the chance to continue my mission to find a go-to barbecue joint in the city.
SuperStar Korean Barbecue

Thursday, 1 February 2018

9 Years Of Rachel Phipps + A (Smaller) Winter Citrus Pavlova

Everyone keeps telling me that the fact my blog turns 9 years old today is a big deal. I'm excited for next year when we hit the big 1-0, but if anything I feel that 9 candles means I've just hit my stride. It's a bit of a tradition that on 1st February each year I put together some sort of celebratory recipe, so this year I thought I'd take the best of the winter citrus (hello blood oranges, that only seem to come out slightly tinged whenever I'm buying them!) and turn them into a showstopper (but small enough for everyday) pavlova, studded with pomegranate jewels and flavoured with lemon curd, finished with a scattering of fresh mint.
Winter Citrus, Pomegranate & Mint Pavlova #pavlova #bloodorange #dessert #pomegranate #mint #meringue

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Pancake Day: Creamy Mushroom Savoury Dutch Baby Pancake

Pancake Day is imminent. In case you don't fancy making my Hoisin Duck WrapsNorwegian Surmelkslapper with Strawberry Compote, my Caramelised Apple Dutch Baby Pancake, my Banana and Nutella Dutch Baby Pancake, or my Gingerbread and Pomegranate Dutch Baby Pancake, I have taken inspiration from the new Smitten Kitchen Every Day cookbook for a savoury way to enjoy (yet another!) Dutch Baby for your main course, before you move onto the more traditional butter/ lemon/ sugar number for dessert (I've got a serves one recipe for this in Student Eats if you need one!) I've made it serves one, so you can make each one in little enamel dishes so you can make more of an event out of this years Shrove Tuesday!
Creamy Mushroom Savoury Dutch Baby Pancake for Pancake Day  #dutchbaby #pancake #mushroom #pancakeday