If it wasn’t for those pesky birds..

The pesky birds of Pontypridd seem to have developed a taste for gooseberries, red currants and black currants this year. Serves me right for not stocking up the bird feeders I suppose. Still, there’s enough for a batch of Gooseberry & Nigella Seed Chutney (adapted from my favourite tomato chutney recipe – thanks Cinnamon Club). The remaining black currants will make their way into an almond cake. Full menu here

Sorry to say there will be no supper club in July. Last week’s sell-out Twisted Bistro was a big success but there’s just too much other stuff to fit in next month. Herbivore will be on the road again – this time up to MOMA in Machynllteh for a one-night-only “culinary intervention” at ceramicist Lisa Krigel’s exhibition on Thursday 27th July. More details on that coming soon. Watch this space for details of the next Cardiff event too.

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.

Easter Closing & Beyond

Herbivore won’t be trading on Easter Sunday (16th April) at the Embassy Cafe. Will be in residence 22/23rd April as normal then will miss the next three weekends as I’m off to Sicily to cook and have fun. Well, someone’s got to. Re-open Sat 20th May.

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

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.

Herbivore036 Valentie’s Menu

Menu for Valentine’s Day here. Limited spaces so move fast. Bookings simon@theherbivore.co.uk.

The chef reserves the right to chance the menu slightly at short notice due to violent and unpredictable mood swings. Sorry that should read: because of seasonal availability of produce.

Herbivore035: NYE Menu

Menu for the NYE tapas/small plates menu at the Embassy Cafe is now here. The ideal place to line your stomachs with vegan and vegetarian delights before heading off to celebrate the end of the world. I mean the end of the year,

Herbivore034: Black Christmas

It’s the darkest time of year with the added pressures of enforced jollity, good cheer and rampant consumerism.  So what better way than to escape it all for a few hours in the convivial setting of Kemi’s Cafe in Pontcanna and enjoy five courses of creative, seasonal, vegan cuisine? We’ve created a darkly delicious menu of hearty, slightly boozy, winter food for your enjoyment with a soundtrack by the deeply missed mighty Prince (Buster).  £25 pp Wednesday 14th December, 7m. Full menu here. None more black,

Herbivore032: Thanksgiving 23|11|2016

We’re ready to roll with bookings for our next supper club at Kemi’s in Pontcanna. With one eye on the end of harvest time in this country and one on events unfolding across the atlantic we’re going with a Thanksgiving theme. Some fantastic Welsh produce and some tired cliches come together to produce a five course vegan meal for £25. More details and menu here.

I reserve the right to change the title of the event to Bitter Harvest if it all goes tits up on election day.