Herbivore046: A Month Of Sundays

2018 promises to be a busy time for Herbivore. There’s a few Supper Clubs and other projects up our sleeves but first we’re kicking off with a series of Sunday lunches throughout January at the Embassy Cafe. Alongside our regular weekend menu we’re going to be offering a set Sunday dinner of starter, main and dessert. Two courses for eleven quid, three of thirteen fifty. Probably best to book for these. Each week will be a different menu, always trying to make the best of Welsh produce, always fresh, always creative. And always vegan. Each week’s menu will be posted up here.

Christmas

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With two Christmas supper-clubs under my belt, that’s it for this year.  No Herbivore at the Embassy Cafe 23/24 December or 30/31. Re – open on Sat 6th Jan. Expect to see some new things on the menu and a new, improved Sunday menu. And look out for announcements very shortly of the next run of supper-club events.

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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.

Double the Christmas Fun

The last two venues for Herbivore supper clubs were a bit of a hit so why not go back to both for Christmas?  Thursday 14th December sees us back at the Fig Tree in Penarth – once again 5 courses of seasonal vegan cuisine, with bookings from 6pm. Then it’s on to the Blue Honey Night Cafe on Tuesday 19th December at 7pm for a one sitting 5 course feast with a slightly different menu. Menus and more details here.

Lovely local leaves

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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.

The Fall

applesNot 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.

Eat Your Greens

greeenbunchWhen 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.

Flower Power

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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.

August Opening

Seeing as Cathays becomes a bit of a ghost town in the summer months we’ve decided to close on Sundays throughout August. This Saturday’s menu see the first picking of wild blackberries, a new noodle dish, brought to you by the letter “C”, and a return of last week’s masala bubble and squeak cakes with spiced aubergines – one of my favourite recipes cribbed from a battered old Madhur Jaffrey book. Full menu here.

Summer time

…and the cooking gets easier. So much good produce to choose from. The last of the gooseberries and blackcurrants from my garden. Padron peppers from Blaencamel. Courgette flowers, rainbow chard and green tomatoes from Field Days Organic. Full menu for the Embassy Cafe this weekend here.

Also, we’re now listed on the Happy Cow website: the go-to listings for vegetarian and vegan eateries around the world. Not that I’m saying you should leave a review…