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.

  • Early start with the bride & groom @hifashionsherin & @martinbcm4 at New Covent Garden Flower Market selecting and picking up *all* of the bright and colourful flowers for Saturday and Sunday’s celebrations! The hire car is stuffed for the drive to North London - smells divine! Also: I’ve somehow become in charge of decorating 2/3 of the wedding cakes with fresh flowers on Sunday...! 💐
  • Words can’t describe how beautiful the purple wisteria that has burst out over the sunny Easter weekend looks and feels crowning the walled Tudor garden at Fulham Palace. A little bit of brightness going back to work today! I’ve been super busy this morning testing recipes, doing chores and answering emails as I’m only working a two day week this week ahead of my best friends wedding at the weekend, and after my post-walk shower I’m going to make rhubarb and vanilla jam, and type up some more recipes before I test another batch for dinner! #wisteriahysteria #chattycaptioncommunity
  • Killer Easter lunch today: roast leg of English lamb, first of the English asparagus, rosy potatoes, baby carrots, tenderstem broccoli, mint sauce and homemade gravy. 🥕
  • Happy Easter everyone! A little throwback this morning to the last big family dessert we made, @bill.granger’s famous white chocolate cheesecake with blueberry sauce while I multi-task standing over pans of creme patisserie, fruit glaze and chocolate ganache for today’s desserts! 🍰

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