New to me from Blaencamel Farm this week is Catalan Chicory. Like a cultivated dandelion, it’s a slightly bitter, astringent green needing a quick blanche to cope with any toughness in the stems followed by a glut of good olive oil and a light seasoning of salt and lemon. Delicious as a side, plonked on top of a pile of pasta or, as I’m doing this weekend, used as a foil to the richness of duck egg and fried potatoes. Keeping it Catalan with Romesco sauce too. Full menu here.
Imagine a picture of my rhubarb dessert from last week’s supper club at the Fig Tree in Penarth here. (My camera’s playing up). Rhubarb on the menu for the first time this year: at the supper club roasted and served with rosewater ice and a blood orange puree. At the Embassy Cafe this weekend in a cake with ginger 3 ways: root, powder and crystallised. Full menu here.
Sorry folks, they’ll be no Herbivore at the Embassy on Easter Sunday. Open Saturday 11 – 5 as normal with Easter eggs on the menu – green shakshuka: eggs baked with leek, pepper and spring greens with a yogurt sauce and potatoes with cumin and dill. Full menu here.
Corn tortillas straight off the plane from the Bronx, NYC. Strictly for personal consumption though. But we do have the same thing in blue from the lovely Cool Chile Co in London making their way onto this week’s menu at the Embassy. Pure blue corn tortillas sandwiching refried black beans, spinach and cheese (if that’s your thing, walnuts if it’s not), saute spiced potatoes and salsa. Full menu here.
Well, I managed to miss St Pancake’s Day as usual. Never seems to fall on the weekend. Instead, to celebrate National Welshcake Day, I’m putting a version of rarebit on the menu. Still with a cheese roux, but on cornbread and accompanied by black beans, a smoky tomato and pepper sauce and salsa verde. Full menu here.
This innocuous looking root is horseradish plucked from the earth of Herbivore Acres – and it really packs a punch. I’m re-branding it as Welsh Wasabi as there really isn’t much difference to my mind. It sure has that nasal pipe-clearing, gasp inducing effect. Find on the menu alongside Leek & Potato cakes this week. Menu here.
The last of the Autumn/Winter Squash collection from Herbivore Acres makes its way to the Embassy Cafe menu this week. Keeping it local with more lovely leaves from the Cardiff Salad Project that I’ve mentioned before. Full menu here.
Test cooking Black Rice Arancini for next week’s Valentine’s supper club. The packet informs me that “the fragrance of the black rice makes it welcomed by modern people”. Exactly what I look for in a grain. The supper club is fully booked but you can still look longingly at the menu here.
Ok, the actual Blue Monday was last week but next week is much more important: Herbivore047: Blue Monday at the Blue Honey Night Cafe 29th January. Chef Table Manners and I have put our heads together and headed East to come up with a creative four course vegan menu with a definite South East Asian accent. Local produce, exotic flavours and all for a good cause. Every penny of your £20 will go to Cardiff Samaritans and Field Days Organic Project. Menu here.
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.