According to the so called experts 29th Jan, Blue Monday, is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. So you can go with that self-fulfilling prophecy and wallow in your own misery…or treat yourself to a place at Herbivore047: Blue Monday. We’re teaming up with the Blue Honey Night Cafe once again to bring you four courses of creative vegan cuisine for twenty quid. Not only will the food make you feel wonderful but you can feel even better about yourselves knowing that all of that £20 will go to Cardiff Samaritans and Field Days Organic. I’m sure you know about the Samaritans, but Field Days provide valuable training and support for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems at there organic vegetable project at the Amelia Trust Farm.
Then in February it’s time to dust off the heart-shaped cake tins and polish up the plastic roses again for Herbivore048: A Vegan Valentine Feast. This time five courses for twenty five quid. Embassy Cafe, Weds 14th February. Full details and menus for these events here.
2018 promises to be a busy time for Herbivore. There’s a few Supper Clubs and other projects up our sleeves but first we’re kicking off with a series of Sunday lunches throughout January at the Embassy Cafe. Alongside our regular weekend menu we’re going to be offering a set Sunday dinner of starter, main and dessert. Two courses for eleven quid, three of thirteen fifty. Probably best to book for these. Each week will be a different menu, always trying to make the best of Welsh produce, always fresh, always creative. And always vegan. Each week’s menu will be posted up here.
The last two venues for Herbivore supper clubs were a bit of a hit so why not go back to both for Christmas? Thursday 14th December sees us back at the Fig Tree in Penarth – once again 5 courses of seasonal vegan cuisine, with bookings from 6pm. Then it’s on to the Blue Honey Night Cafe on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm for a one sitting 5 course feast with a slightly different menu. Menus and more details here.
Herbivore back at the Embassy Cafe this weekend 21st/22nd October after a weekend away catering for a wedding. Menu even more autumnal now with, mushrooms, chestnuts, apples and walnuts. Courgettes still keeping the flame of summer alive though. Menu here.
Spaces filling pretty fast for Herbivore042: Almost Dead at the Blue Honey Night Cafe. If you want to come there were still some tickets left at the time of going to press at getawriggleon.com.
It’s been a bit quiet on the Herbivore supper club front lately but we’re back on course with a collaboration with the lovely Blue Honey Night Cafe slap bang in the centre of Cardiff on 31st October. A Halloween/Day Of The Dead feast – five courses of creative vegan cuisine with a distinctly Latin American flavour. There will be pumpkin. Menu etc. here.
Many apologies, but Herbivore will not be at the Embassy Cafe on the weekend of the 14th/15th October due to a commitment catering for a wedding. Normal service resumed on the 21st October. Once again, apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Not only the name of one of my favourite bands, the fall sees all kinds of culinary treats appearing. Here we have windfall bramley apples from Pontypridd just waiting to be cooked down into a buttery, soft compote, to be served alongside an almond cake scented with orange blossom. Meanwhile the last gasps of summer continue with courgettes still doing their thing on the allotment and even some tomatoes ripening in the greenhouse. This week’s menu for the Embassy Cafe here. Not going to be at the Embassy next week (14th/15th Oct) but back on the 21st as usual.
When you’ve been cooking vegetables for as long as and as frequently as I have it’s refreshing to come across something new. I think I must have had Chrysanthamum greens before in an oriental mix but never new what they were so I was intrigued to find them on the list of available produce from Blaencamel Farm – a fixture at Riverside Markets and one of my favourite suppliers.
Used across South Asia in stir fries, soups and salads, and sometimes referred to as chop sue greens in the Western world, these attractive leaves have a fragrant, grassy, delicate flavour with a touch of bitterness. I’m going to serve them on top of wasabi & spinach cakes with a tomato & miso sauce. Full menu for this weekend here.
A versatile weapon in the Herbivore kitchen, the nasturtium. Keeps blazing strong into the autumn when so many other plants have fallen by the wayside and is useful in many ways. This weekend the leaves and flowers are going to garnish the white bean and chard cassoulet: the warm pepperiness providing a sharp contrast to the smoothing sweetness of the sauce. Meanwhile I’ll be pickling the seed pods to use as a British version of the caper – little blasts of salty heat to pep-up autumn and winter dishes. This weekend’s menu here.
Suddenly it feels like autumn is here and this is probably my penultimate pick of ripe tomatoes from the greenhouse. Luckily – and I know this is a culinary heresy – I actually prefer green tomatoes: the flavour is so much more interesting and complex and they still have a lovely, jammy sweetness once fried.
That said, there are no tomatoes on this week’s menu for Herbivore at the Embassy Cafe. But you will find blackberries, apples, cobnuts and corn to usher in the change of season. Menu here