Rachel Khoo


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February 25th, 2015

Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs – February 2015

Can’t quite believe that February is coming to an end – this year has been a bit of a whirlwind so far, what with the launch of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook. I’m actually back in Australia as we speak (write/read!), working on a new project which I’ll be sure to tell you more about in the coming months.

In the mean time I thought I’d share what’s been catching my eye over the last month.

1 – Giving MS Paint a new lease of life

Lazy Bones paint art

If, like me, you were thinking Paint was a thing of the past then think again. Australian artist, Miranda Lorikeet, is making some fab artwork using Paint – loving the use of colour. It’s seriously impress stuff, not sure I’d have the patience!

2 – Building for the community

When I was first living in Paris, I worked as an Au-Pair. Camille, one of the girls I looked after, is now at university in Paris studying medicine and is about to embark on a trip to Nicaragua to work on a community project as part of her degree. Asides from it making me feel old that Camille is now at university, it’s a really amazing thing that her and her fellow students are doing.

You can find out more about the project here (note the website is in French!).

3 – Clean lines

Scandi Foodie Life in Style

Picture from the Scandi Foodie

Love the beautiful simplicity of this desk space. The Scandi Foodie blog is run by Maria, who works as a stylist and photographer in Australia – if you haven’t had a look before, make sure you do, some lovely stuff.

4 – Book Illustration Competition 2015

David McConochie book illustration 2015

Despite having slightly eery overtones, I absolutely love these illustrations – so interesting to see how the brief was interpreted and put to paper so differently. The book entrants had to design illustrations for was ‘The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories’, featuring gothic works from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, hence the ghostly nature of the illustrations.

I like this one by the winner, David McConochie – also a fan of the typographic illustrations too. Which one of is your favourite?

5 – Tackling water shortages

It’s sometimes hard to comprehend that water – something we take entirely for granted – is so problematic elsewhere in the world. Particularly in big cities, like Sao Paolo, which you’d expect to have running water for all its residents. Not the case, particularly in the favela (Brazilian term for slum / shanty  town), where clean, running water is in scarce supply.

One woman has come up with a simple, inexpensive method of collecting and filtering rain water to help solve this problem (sort of like something you’d see in people’s gardens), which she is now teaching to other favela residents – clever stuff.

6 – Models pose as real-life Barbies

There’s something quite disconcerting about these photos of models posing as Barbies representing different high-end fashion houses, perhaps the fact they look so convincing! That aside, it’s an interesting view of the fashion industry, stereotypes and the way in which models (and most people!) are often objectified and held up to impossible ideals.

7 – Bloody baking

Munchies Blood Orange Tartlets recipe

I’m a big fan of blood oranges, but blood plus oranges? Not entirely sure about this one, can’t say I’ve ever cooked with blood – especially not in a sweet context (my limit is probably black pudding!). These little Blood Orange Meringue Tartlets over on Munchies are very intriguing – have you ever cooked with blood?

8 – Famous foodie moments

Creme brulees Food52

Really enjoyed this run down of foodie moments in famous films – who could forget that scene in Uncle Buck and the beautiful scenes in Amélie. It’s hard to pick one favourite, but I can’t believe ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ isn’t on the list, so many of the most iconic food scenes of all time. And I’d definitely add the pastries from Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ to the list too!


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6 thoughts on “Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs – February 2015

  1. Hi Rachel,
    Was just wondering if there are any planned book signings or cooking demonstrations while you are in Australia?
    Have been enjoying your thoughtful muses as well as your cooking. Keep up the good work.

  2. The latest, Kitchen Notebook is my FAVOURITE. The Aubergine Schnitzel – divine. Tonight we are having the Cauliflower Cheese Burgers. We only need 3 – 2 for the man and 1 for me – so I have frozen the other 3, pre coating, for another meal.
    Thank you so much, Rachel. Many hours of pleasure ahead of me! And one happy man!
    Have you checked out our very own (New Zealand)Masterchef winner 2012, Chelsea Winter? Or Annabel Langbein? Or Nadia Lim? We have quite a few excellent chefs and cooks.

    1. Glad you’re enjoying recipes, send me photos of what you make if you like! Just remember to use the #rkkitchennotebook tag on social media.

      Best wishes

  3. Hi Rachel, really loved your recent BBC Malaya piece. I used to live in the jungle in Papua New Guinea, so related to your slight feeling of dislocation! Saw your recent post about plum jelly and it got me thinking: do you know of any meaty dishes that use the many wonderful aspects of plums? I really think that their sweetness, astringency, hint of bitterness and an aromatic, perfumed quality, has the potential to balance a great savoury dish. As i’m very much an amateur cook, I’d be grateful to know if you have any ideas here? Thank you so much for all that you do. You make the world a much sunnier place. With many thanks and best wishes, Phil.

  4. Hi Rachel
    Greetings from Melbourne, Australia
    My wife Germaine and I loved watching your show on SBS – TV
    I ended up buying her a copy of your Kitchen Note Book
    My daughter in law Neha saw the book and liked it too. So I ended up buying another one as a present for her!
    My cooking skills are limited to chucking things together on the barbie. I will be retiring from work soon. Your show has inspired me to now try my hand at cooking from the recipes I see and read!
    thanks for a wonderful set of TV shows
    Best wishes
    Denzil – not Washington 🙂

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