Rachel Khoo


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October 22nd, 2014

Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs – October 2014

We’re now officially in the depths of Autumn, and while my body may want to start slowing down I’m still as busy as ever. I always like to make time to read and discover new things whenever possible – here’s a summary of what’s taken my interest this month:

1. Kitchen Library

Rachel Khoo Kitchen-library

I’m a big fan of the sharing economy and social enterprise; it’s amazing how people come up with such clever solutions to some of society’s problems. The Kitchen Library is another of these, enabling people to borrow kitchen equipment on short-term loans i.e. if they need to cater a party or just fancy learning how to make bread using a mixer – genius! Unfortunately, the scheme is in Canada – it would be great to see it spreading to the UK and beyond.

2. She Says

Rachel Khoo Emma She says director

She Says is an organisation set up by women, for women, which provides free mentoring and runs networking events for women working in creative industries. I went along to one of their events in London recently – it was really informative! If you’re looking for inspiration make sure you check it out and try and get along to an event near you (they have a global network of women working in marketing, digital and creative roles).

3. Glamourous version of my hob in My Little Paris Kitchen

Rachel Khoo Anderssen and Voll marble hob

Just like the little two-ring hob I used to create my recipes in my Little Paris Kitchen, except this gorgeous marble hob is a serious upgrade! This beauty is the work of Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll who specialise in crafting domestic objects that are both functional and beautiful.

4. Paper houses

Des Petits Hauts - Les boites maison

Could these be any cuter? Des Petits Hauts is a beautiful website, full of lovely things. And this blog post, with step-by-step instructions of how to make a paper house box is no exception. These would look lovely as decorations dotted around, but I think would also make for great gift wrapping (if the gift was small enough!).

5. Tackling food waste in London

Rachel Khoo Brixton People's Kitchen

Love this idea from the Brixton People’s Kitchen. So much food is wasted by supermarkets and restaurants, and this is a really clever way to put this food waste to good use and bring together their local community at the same time.

6. Fabric New York apartments installation

Rachel Khoo Do Ho Suh art installation

I saw some of Korean artist and designer Do Ho Suh’s work many years ago at the Serpentine gallery and fell immediately in love with his delicate fabric structures. In his most recent work Do Ho Suh has brought to life his New York apartment through a series of life-size representations, crafted from pastel-toned fabric. The detail in his work is incredible and really illustrates just how close together people live in America’s non-stop metropolis. Space and its role in life is a common theme in Suh’s work – you can see some of his previous works here.

7. Beautiful book shops

Rachel Khoo Book shop BuzzFeed

Never one to pass up an opportunity to browse a quirky shop, and these British bookshops are definitely worth checking out. I particularly like the look of Word on the Water, near Paddington in London, which is a lovingly converted barge complete with roof terrace for live readings and musical performances. Delightful!

8. Lego art

It’s amazing to think Lego, one of the most popular children’s toys in the world, can be used to create such stunning works of art. The Art of the Brick exhibition is on at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, featuring 80 works by American artist Nathan Sawaya – including a T-Rex! Definitely one not to miss.

9. DIY cake domes

Rachel Khoo A Beautiful Mess DIY domes and cloches

Always a fan of a crafty do-it-yourself project, and these cake domes and cloches are a fab idea. Not only do they look good, but you can make them bespoke to your needs (and space!) – they won’t break the bank either! It’s also a good way of using up surplus supplies or bowls / boards that have seen betters days. Check out the A Beautiful Mess blog for more craft ideas.

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10 thoughts on “Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs – October 2014

  1. Hi Rachel,

    Sorry to report the Lego Art wont play and is saying “The video is private” 🙁

    Hope your having a nice weekend?


  2. Hi rachel i saw your my little paris kitchen last year. Oh boy completepy fell in love with your cooking most of all ypir petite kitchen !!! It is twin of my mom kitchen back home . I must take pictures and show you . I lpve your sense of fashion .And your love for vintage stuff. You have set new trends in this day and age to be humble and see how world loves you. I am sooo proud of ypir journey . Cant wait to buy your book .

  3. Rachel,

    I fell in love with your kitchen setup in Little Paris Kitchen. There’s one thing I really fancy is your little oven. I would love to know the brand and the exact model please, if that doesn’t bother you. Cheers & hugs.


  4. Hi Rachel, I’m a relatively new fan, discovered you on you tube by accident and have loved your videos in the coolest small kitchen in the world!
    My question is are you still in Paris in the same cute apartment or are you back in the UK? Your blog seems to show a different kitchen.
    Take Care, G.L.

  5. Hi Rachel! My name is Tinka Grujić and I’m from Slovenija. I first saw you on TV in “My little Paris kitchen” last year. I instantly fell in love with everything about you. I loved your little kitchen in your lovely and cozy apartment. I love your cooking and how easy and good you make it look like- and it is! I love your sense of fashion. Like I said, I love everything about you. When I saw you on TV, I started to look for your shows on YouTube, so I could cook your food. And man, it was so good and easy to make and it had good fresh ingredients, that I immediately bought your book next (btw I also bought madeleines tin for your scrumptious madeleines and some other stuff). Then I started cooking everything from the book for me and my boyfriend and we (he was mesmerized) loved it! Then I saw your next show “Rachel Khoo’s kitchen notebook London and Cosmopolitan cook” and I/we (me and my boyfriend) were blown away again and I can’t wait to buy your new book.
    So, you made my/our lives so much better with your kind of cooking and I always wanted to learn how to cook good and to cook various food for me and my family, and because of you I did!
    Thank you so much! We love you and we wish you much love, happiness and good luck with everything that still awaits you in your life!
    Always follow your dreams!
    Love, Tinka (& Urban).

    1. Hi Tinka – thanks so much for getting in touch, such kind words! Nice to hear you’re enjoying my recipes 🙂 Hope you like the new book!

      Best wishes

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