First signs of spring

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..

Carediff Rarebit

Well, I managed to miss St Pancake’s Day as usual. Never seems to fall on the weekend. Instead, to celebrate National Welshcake Day, I’m putting a version of rarebit on the menu. Still with a cheese roux, but on cornbread and accompanied by black beans, a smoky tomato and pepper sauce and salsa verde. Full menu here.

Welsh Wasabi

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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.

Valentine’s Sell Out

black rice

Test cooking Black Rice Arancini for next week’s Valentine’s supper club. The packet informs me that “the fragrance of the black rice makes it welcomed by modern people”. Exactly what I look for in a grain. The supper club is fully booked but you can still look longingly at the menu here.

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

orange peel

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.