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.
Sorry folks, but every year I go to Sicily to cook and eat lovely things. Someone has to.
As I dont have anyone right now that can run Herivorte at the Embassy Cafe without me we will be closed the weekends of the 28th April, 5th May and 12yh May. Business as usual fromn the 19th May – back in time to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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.
Last year I stayed at a wonderful organic farm in Sicily couple of times – first picking grapes, then cooking vegetarian lunches for a Tai Chi camp. Cooking felt much easier and simpler there, partly because of the quality of the local produce but also because of the incredible olive oil produced on site. Bright, fresh and fruity, it was like nothing I’d tasted before.
Now I have the chance to import some direct from the farm to home and I’m looking for people who might be interested in buying some. If I can get enough people to commit to buying 3 litres each then it will be worth the shipping costs. 3 litre cans cost £35, which is more expensive than the junk that supermarkets sell but much cheaper than anything of comparable quality available in this country.
There’s nothing in it for me financially, but I’ll get a supply of great oil and give some trade to a fantastic family-run farm.
Interested? email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
And here’s a word from our sponsor:
BOSCO FALCONERIA Azienda biologica Simeti Taylor
The organic farm Bosco Falconeria is located 40 miles west of Palermo, Sicily in the hills overlooking the Gulf of Castellammare and has belonged to the Simeti family since 1933. Antonio Simeti and his wife, Mary Taylor Simeti, took over the property in the 1980’s, diversifying the land and increasing the property to over 35 acres. For 2 years now, their daughter Natalia has taken over, and has thrown all her passion in to working the land. She makes the wine alongside her father. The winery is located 250 meteres above sea level and the soil is very fertile, with a lot of limestone. Bosco Falconeria also bottles their own extra virgin olive oil and sells their fruit and vegetables to speciality stores in Palermo. The farm obtained official organic certification in 1989.
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL 2015 (organic)
The skillful blending of Biancolilla, Cerasuola and Nocellara olives, picked by hand in our olive groves and pressed the same day, produces a high quality oil, intensely green in color and with a slightly sharp, fruity taste.