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.
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.