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.

  • Four of the very best dishes we ate at @tasteoflondon yesterday: @frontlinechef / @temperlondon / @acf_uk Nacho Fried Chicken Tenders with a Valentinas Soured Cream Dip (so moist, so crunchy, so unique, but familiar), @clubgascon’s Duck Foie Gras “Catalane” with a Spicy Tipsy Cherry (the cherry was nothing special, but the foie grad mousse was so rich, but also so beautifully light), @hopperslondon’s 42 Hour Roast Elumas (goat) Roti (the best thing we ate, so rich, juicy, layered and complex), and @bardouro’s Suckling Pig Sandwich, soft, moist and full of incredibly simple, but still mouthwatering flavours.
  • Hertfordshire? I went to @fabgelato in Hitchin this afternoon and had the most wonderful Parma Violet homemade gelato, studded through with chocolate coated popping candy - Buzz Lightyear flavour in honour of Toy Story 4 - they’re also doing Little Green Men (lime), Forky (Cherry Vanilla Ripple) and Woody (salted caramel Oreo) flavours - plus a mental Monster sorbet for Men in Black, and a random pickle flavour, as well as some more regulars like an incredible Cadbury Crunchy. The flavours are always changing in this store and the one in Letchworth - best tasting gelato I’ve had in ages! 🍨
  • Have you been to @kewgardens recently? There is a fantastic exhibition of blown glass sculptures by @chihulystudio dotted around the park that are truly something intermingled among the plants - it’s running until 27th October, do go and check it out!
  • One thing I’ll miss about living in Fulham: the fact that I got 35 delicious, aromatic nectarines on North End Road market this morning for £3!!! 🍑

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