Herbivore By The Seaside

After last month’s Day of The Dead sell-out success at the wonderful Blue Honey Night Cafe, Herbivore is heading west to the sea front in Penarth and the opulent surroundings of The Fig Tree restaurant. As usual it’s five set courses of creative vegan cuisine. A couple of dishes from the back catalogue, a couple of new ones to reflect the location. Full menu and booking details here.

Flower Power

nasturtium

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.

Mangos!

The short and sweet alphonso mango season is upon us and I have a box of carefully wrapped specimens from mumbai releasing their gentle floral perfume in the kitchen. I’m going to pair them with elderflower syrup as a topping for a cardamom and almond milk rice pudding. Also on the menu this week is another favourite of mine: panel – chickpea fritters in a roll, the classic street food of Palermo, Sicily. Full menu here.

Hand Picked Menu

Chef Manuel & I have been putting our heads together and wandering the fields, hedgerows and shoreline to come up with a menu for our collaborative supper club coming up at the Embassy Cafe on the 19th of April.

Once you start looking there are so many different green shoots out there just waiting to be picked so it’s been a process of narrowing down what we want to use and trying to predict what will be ready for harvest at the Amelia Trust Farm, Blaencamel and Riverside Market Garden.

It’s still a bit of a work in progress but you can see the prototype menu here. We only have a few spaces left for this one so act quickly if you want to come  – email me: simon@theherbivore.co.uk

Herbivore 038: Hand Picked

Herbivore back in town to team up with Chef Manuel for a unique collaborative supper club. We’re going to be scouring the hedgerows and sea shore and engage in a bit of “pick your own” at some of our favourite farms and gardens to bring a special six course menu, all vegan, to the Embassy Cafe on Wednesday 19th April. Full menu to come soon but in the meantime we’re already taking bookings. It’s £25 per person with a small corkage charge for alcohol on the night. simon@theherbivore.co.uk

Spring!

A cold and grey day today, but it still feels like spring is on it’s way.  We’re just about to confirm a date towards the end of April for a collaborative supper club with Chef Manners, a very talented, Cardiff-based vegan cook. We’re going to base the menu around what we can go out and pick for ourselves – could be in the wild or from cultivated spots: my garden, allotment or Field Days Organics. A reconnaissance mission this week came up trumps as we found plenty of wild goodies bursting into life and bagged some lovely looking puple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb from Field Days and armfuls of sea beet and wild garlic from the wild. Take a look here to see how it’s going to be used on this week’s menu at the Embassy.

There will be no Cardiff supper club in March as I’m taking the show on the road and heading to Bollington, Cheshire for a kind of “greatest hits” menu. Bit far to travel for South Walians and it sold out very quickly anyway.

New things for the weekend

Got a couple of newbies for this weekend’s menu.

First up is a dish inspired by (ok, stolen from) the wonderful Padella restaurant in Borough Market: A white bean bruschetta with salsa rossa. I’ve added some roasted red pepper, sage and a side of jerusalem artichokes with walnuts and a splash of truffle oil. Kind of Autumnal, but more of a final goodbye to winter.

Also new to the weekend menu is something from the last Herbivore Supper Club: Date and toffee pudding with a miso caramel sauce – a real hit on Valentines Night when I served it with a peanut butter sorbet.

And for the first time this year we have wild garlic (so goodbye winter, but hello spring) which I’ll be throwing into Cauliflower Pakoras.

Embassy Cafe, Cathays Terrace Saturday 11 – 5 & Sunday 12 – 5.

Herbivore027: Tutti Frutti 15|09|16 Kemi’s

Knowledge is knowing that the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Creativity is making something a bit more interesting than a bloody fruit salad.

The Tutti Frutti menu uses the best of locally grown fruits – and a few others – to create a unique five course  vegan menu to be served up in the convivial setting of Kemi’s, Kings Rd, Pontcanna. There’s a bit of an Italian theme going on, including my debut use of pasta, but there’s nothing that Nonna would recognise. Full menu and more info here.

Menu For Meat Free Monday @ Arboreal 6th June

Here’s the menu for the first of our Meat Free Monday Supper Clubs at the lovely Arboreal in Cowbridge:

Crushed broad beans | preserved lemon | rye toasts

Grilled asparagus | new potatoes | sorrel

Wood roast beets | local leaves | buckwheat | tahini

Chocolate & olive oil mousse | sesame & seasalt popcorn

Orange almond & cardamom pudding | rose & rhubarb

5 courses of creative vegan cuisine for £25

bookings: sam@arboreal.uk.com