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