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.
Pleased to say we’ll be using lovely green leaves from Cardiff Salad Garden on this week’s Herbivore menu at the Embassy Cafe. Not only are they probably the tastiest and freshest I’ve tried but they are grown less than a mile away in Bute park by a not-for-profit organisation that works with refugees, asylum seekers and individuals with mental health problems. It’s win-win really.
This week will also see the return of the romanesco cauliflower and the legendary tower of mango soup. Full menu 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.
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