Weekly Love: Week 202

I met Mary Berry this week. I think that is literally all that is needed to introduce this fortnight’s edition of Weekly Love, but because I have obsessive tendencies about the formatting of my posts that I need a good few sentences that stretch almost the width of the post, I’m going to tell you that there are now less than three (!) weeks to go until Student Eats is published, and remind you to pre-order a copy. If you want a bit of a taster before you buy, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I have been sharing some of the recipe photos from the book (you can find these right away at the #studenteatsbook hashtag), and on my stories.

Weekly Love 14.08.17

1. Testing a few recipes on the barbecue. | 2. Sunday morning Korean feasting at Bo Drake in Soho – full review coming soon! | 3. My parents new garden is full of hydrangeas at the moment and I’m slightly in love. | 4. I have found some excellent matcha soft serve in Soho by way of Tsujiri, be sure to check them out! | 5. In other soft serve news, Hotel Chocolat is serving up an incredible number from a lot of their stores nationwide (I went to Covent Garden): cocoa nib infused ice cream (which is so unusual, and so amazing) – be sure to get it with a to die for hazelnut drizzle! | 6. Celebrating all of Ebury and BBC Books’ cookery authors for their 30 years of publishing cookbooks on Monday night, and Student Eats (which will be published in only 3 weeks time, have you pre-ordered yours yet?) with my amazing literary agent and editor, who really are both the reasons the book happened in the first place.

Jerte Picota Cherry Dinner | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Even if they’re imported I love things that are hyper seasonal, so I really enjoyed a dinner at Iberica in Victoria on Tuesday night to celebrate their super short season (look out for them in Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons – they’ll only be around for a few weeks!) Among other delicacies (I need to go back for their simply to die for croquetas), we enjoyed a wonderful Picota Cherry Gazpacho with Soft Cheese Ice Cream, Anchovy & Mint, Pan Seared Tuna with Almond Cream Ajoblanco & Pickled Picota Cherries, Ibérico Grilled Pork Pluma with Apple Purée & Picota Cherry Sauce, and a Picota Cherry Creme Catalana Foam. Go forth and find the cherries to enjoy this weekend! (They were also rather wonderful stoned and dropped into glasses of Cava, if that is the sort of thing you have planned out on the patio before a barbecue!)

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? It is my turn to host our brunch club tomorrow morning (I’m plotting mimosas with a homemade mix, a big frittata and some fruit and bakery treats from Borough Market!) and I’m off for another (Asian inspired) brunch on Sunday morning. For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter, which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook reviews, and other updates.