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