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