…and the cooking gets easier. Gooseberries and rhubarb from Herbivore Acres, elderflower still blazing in the hedgerows, the first courgettes and broad bean tops from Field Days Organics. Menu writing just got a whole lot easier. See this week’s offerings at the Embassy Cafe here.

Herbivore Back At The Embassy 04/06/2016

We’re back at the Embassy Cafe Saturday 4th June with a short menu of lunch. brunch and sweet treats available from 11 – 5.  We won’t be there the following week but back in our “permanent pop-up” routine from Saturday 18th June. Menu here.

Half Marathon Biscuits: Embassy Menu 26th March

The vegan peanut butter and chocolate biscuits are back. They wanted me to change their name to Fun-Sized Snickers Cookies but I’m resisting creeping American Imperialism and sticking with Half Marathon Biscuits.

Full menu for this Saturday here.  Bear in mind that its the half-marathon this week so transport (even walking) across the city might be tricky in the afternoon – come early to avoid disappointment.

Embassy Menu 19/03/2016: Meet the Carediff Ryebit

The menu for Herbivore at the Embassy Cafe on Cathays Terrace this Saturday is here.

The Cafe is going to be closed for some major building work from the 11th April so I’m treating the few weeks we have before then as a trial run to find out what works, what’s popular, how much of the menu needs to be vegan, and so on.  So each week they’re will be a couple of new thinks on the menu, a couple of old favourites and a couple of “tweaks” to things I’ve trialed before.

When Patti Smith last performed in Cardiff she complained that she couldn’t find a Welsh Rarebit to eat anywhere in the city.  So in anticipation of her return some day, this one’s for Patti: A rarebit made with Cardiff’s finest: Rye IPA form Pipes Beer forming the base of the sauce to go on rye bread from Riverside Sourdough bakery (conveniently situated next door to the cafe).  I’m going to be serving this up with a potato, dill and caper salad  and pickled carrots to keep it on an Eastern-European tip.

The Reading List 001: The Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

Subtitled “Cooking With Economy and Grace”, no pictures and just a few recipes, this is a book to change the way you think about being in your own kitchen. No flashy restaurant tricks, no on trend ingredients, just a poetic and down to earth joy in food and cooking.

I’m not usually one for inspirational quotes but this one from Antoine St Exupery crops up and has stayed with me ever since:

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea”.


Autumn 2015

Slide1 Slide2It’s that gloomy back to school time of year, so here’s something to look forward to. These will be the next three suppers at Kemi’s Pontcanna taking us through the autumn. Menus to follow shortly. For bookings contact


Cardiff Vegetarian Food Festival

Herbivore & Kemi’s will be at the Cardiff Vegetarian Food Festival Saturday 16th May at the Mackintosh institute in Roath from 6pm offering a range of salads and vegan nachos.

There’s lots of other stalls selling the best in vegetarian food, cosmetics and other great veggie stuff, live music and DJs. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

See you there.

Wine Pairings For Herbivore 001

We now have  wine pairings to add to our Alternative Christmas Dinner at Kemi’s on 18th December. £30 will get you the set menu and specially selected drinks to accompany each course.

Per Las Bon Bons/ Fennel Sherbet
Homemade Mulled Wine

Warm Pumpkin & Amaretti Salad/ Saffron Yogurt/Pomegranate 
Macon-Villages Chardonnay

Blaencamel Salad/ Cranberry vinaigrette 

Chestnut & Quinoa Roast/Celeriac/Kale/Tomato & Cinnamon
Escale Pinot Noir

Boozy Fruit & Buttermilk Pudding
El Cantado PX Sherry

We’ve still got a couple of spaces left, but don’t sleep on it.