People seem to expect me to return from Sicily with new ideas and recipes taken from my time there. But although I eat so well there and love to cook there I think what I really take away is a strengthening of a resolve to use the best of what is on my own doorstep. I can’t have the wonderful sun-kissed produce that is so easy to come by over there, the fresh olive oil, almonds and capers but we have our own riches here. Last week I was picking verdant, succulent sea beet on the Welsh coast, pickling wild garlic seeds for the future and cutting herbs from my own garden. This week Global Gardens, a Cardiff based community growing project, have kindly let me try some samples of British grown organic beans and pulses from a company in Halesworth, Suffolk (another place close to my heart) You’ll find the split favs beans in the felafel this week. Full menu here.
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.
After three lovely weekends away cooking and eating my way around the beautiful island of Sicily, Herbivore is now back in town and will be at the Embassy Cafe, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff from 11 – 5 on Saturdays and Sundays. Managed to fit a bit of the good stuff, the high grade Sicilian olive oil , in my baggage so look out for some Italian – inspired dishes coming your way.
Watch out for details of upcoming supper club dates and other special events on the horizon.
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.
July see’s us looking to south to Sicily for inspiration. I’ve been there a couple of times recently and was bowled over by the cuisine: the quality, freshness and abundance of the produce, the diverse influences of the many incoming cultures over the centuries, the simple brilliance of the street food, the fantastic coffee available for pennies at every corner and the desserts…..oh, the sweet, sweet, desserts.
Of course we can’t hope to replicate all that….but we’ll have a go. We’re going to offer up five courses of summery delights all inspired by Sicilian classics, some lovely wines and even a glass of sparkling, fruity fizz to start things off.
As always, booking is essential – all our supper clubs are selling out fast so get in touch soon if you don’t want to miss out.