After a couple of months without one, I’m pleased to announce the next supper club: Herbivore 052: Italianate. I’ll be taking the best of summer produce from Field Days Organic, Blaencamel Farm and the hedgerows and meadows of the South Wales valleys to create a six course vegan menu inspired by the great cuisine of Italy. Not Italian food of course, just Herbivore food with an Italian accent. And of course I can’t help but let my eye wander a little further east and sneak in some of my beloved miso and nori. Just don’t call it fusion. Full menu here.
Herbivore back in town after a week away, bringing wild ingredients from the Far East (of England). Samphire pakoras on the menu at the Embassy Cafe this weekend. Keeping it seasonal and local with gooseberry chutney on the side. Full menu here. All vegan this week.
…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.
Mumbai Mess from last week’s Masala Mash Up supper club. Meringue, mango, strawberries and cashew cream. We had to re name it Mumbai Tidy as we couldn’t bring ourselves to smash it all together. Some thing very similar on this ween’s menu at the Embassy Cafe. More details here.
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.
The artic snows were melting to reveal the green shoots of spring today. The first wild garlic of the season for me – mostly very young, tender shoots but a few patches of true leaves on South facing slopes. Expect to find it on this week’s Embassy cafe menu
Other news: pleased to say Herbivore will be back at the Fig Tree in Penarth for 2 nights in a row with a set five course vegan menu on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th April. Details to follow;low very shortly..
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.
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.
Here at Herbivore we go on lovely walks but the sea so you don’t have to. Down on the estuary at Newport, Pembrokeshire the sea beet was still looking in fine fettle. So I picked some and it’s on the menu at the Embassy cafe this weekend, paired with roast squash from Field Days Organic, soba noodles and a miso & coconut sauce. Full menu here.