Hi, I'm Rachel and welcome to my blog!

I have always loved to cook, and if I had to list a ‘hobby’ I would without a doubt say trying new restaurants. I started this blog way back when in February of 2011 as a fashion blog, but when I started university and cooking for myself, this turned into a space where I could share my favourite recipes, eateries and some of my adventures from Los Angeles (where I used to live) to remote Icelandic fishing villages.

If you’re new here, my favourite recipe on the blog is my Indian Spiced Leftover Summer Vegetable Fritters (but the most popular is my Super Simple 3-Step Chocolate Brownies, which have been baked by readers all over the world). My favourite London restaurant I have reviewed so far has been Beagle in Hoxton, (but my most read review is of breakfast at Dishroom in Shoreditch), and my favourite Los Angeles restaurant (which also happens to be my favourite brunch in the world) The Tasting Kitchen in Venice; however, people seem to enjoy my review of The Bouchon Bakery in Beverly Hills.

I’m from the English Countryside, and I split my time between my little corner of Kent and West London. I also spend a lot of time at my parent’s home in Brittany, Northern France and I get a little sun starved if I stay away from California for too long! I’m a recovering political adviser spending my days writing about food (here and as a freelancer: you can read some of the work I’ve done for other publications like Great British Chefs, Buzzfeed and Sainsbury’s Magazine here). My first cookbook, Student Eats, was published by Ebury August 2017. You can find more about it here, and get your hands on a copy here.

If you want to get in touch with me, feel free to drop me an email or send me a tweet. If you want to know what I’ve been up to most recently, the best place to find me in (almost real time) is on Instagram.

  • I’ve been chutney making at the weekends so my kitchen is full of Bramley Apples at the moment. For a healthy working lunch I’ve also been making a sort of autumn / winter apple shredded sprout salad that is surprisingly filling for something that is almost completely fruit and veggies: take 1 British Bramley @GreatBritishApples cut into matchsticks (I love Bramleys not just for cooking but for also eating raw in salads as they have enough sweetness to not be bitter, but enough tang to add a bit of interest - they’re also naturally lower in sugar, so I can get away with adding a bit more sweetness in the dressing!) and toss with a large handful pomegranate seeds, about 5-6 brussels sprouts, shredded, and a thumb-sized piece of pecorino cheese, finely chopped. Toss with a dressing made from 1 tsp each of extra virgin olive oil, maple syrup and white balsamic vinegar, and enjoy! #GreatBritishApples #appleseason #ad
  • If you love poké but you’re nervous about preparing raw fish at home, today’s recipe is for you! My Seared Steak Poké (link in profile!) features cubes of rare steak (which you can sear as much or as little as you like), tossed with an Asian sesame dressing and served on brown rice with cherry tomatoes, avocado, spring onions & a seaweed salad. What are your favourite poké toppings?
  • I was going to post this on the blog but it seemed silly to set everything up to photograph for just the simplest autumn recipe. This year is the first time I’ve cooked with quinces, and while I’ve made a batch of quince gin I’ve found my favourite way to cook them is to simply bake them in the oven (leave them whole, just peel them) with a single clove and 2 tbsp water in the dish, and 1 tbsp of @rowsehoneyuk drizzled over per quince. Cover with foil and baked for 2 hours at 160 degrees. The fruit will be deliciously soft and the perfumed honey quince syrup that collects in the dish is out of this world. Serve at room temperature with vanilla ice cream, or natural yogurt for breakfast. I’ve been using #RowseHoney for years and while my mum and I usually buy their acacia honey, I find that orange blossom adds get more beautiful perfume to this stupidly simple dessert! #ad
  • Still thinking about lunch at the new @pergolalondon at Olympia yesterday: we shared killer wings, a crab roll & some excellent sea bass ceviche tacos from @clawfood, a wonderful pizza & Nutella gnocchi (not pictured as one burst all over @hifashionsherin!) from @passo.london, and their fantastic on tab mojitos.🍴

My Book

Student Eats

My first cookbook includes +120 easy, cheap and delicious recipes for anyone who wants to learn to cook food from scratch at home, who may be pressed for time, existing in a tiny kitchen, or keeping to a tight budget.

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My Book

Student Eats

My first cookbook includes +120 easy, cheap and delicious recipes for anyone who wants to learn to cook food from scratch at home, who may be pressed for time, existing in a tiny kitchen, or keeping to a tight budget.

Buy Now