Freedom Through Coffee

manumit

This week we have a very special guest coffee on filter: a fruity Tanzanian from Manumit Coffee. Manumit are a Cardiff based roasters offering training, support and employment for survivors of modern slavery. Great tasting coffee, wonderful idea for a business. very happy to give them my trade. This weekend’s menu here.

Closed for Three Weekends

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.

Catalan Chicory

catalan greensNew to me from Blaencamel Farm this week is Catalan Chicory. Like a cultivated dandelion, it’s a slightly bitter, astringent green needing a quick blanche to cope with any toughness in the stems followed by a glut of good olive oil and a light seasoning of salt and lemon. Delicious as a side, plonked on top of a pile of pasta or, as I’m doing this weekend, used as a foil to the richness of duck egg and fried potatoes. Keeping it Catalan with Romesco sauce too. Full menu here.

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb

Imagine a picture of my rhubarb dessert from last week’s supper club at the Fig Tree in Penarth here. (My camera’s playing up). Rhubarb on the menu for the first time this year: at the supper club roasted and served with rosewater ice and a blood orange puree. At the Embassy Cafe this weekend in a cake with ginger 3 ways: root, powder and crystallised. Full menu here.

Closed Easter Sunday/Green Eggs & No Ham

Sorry folks, they’ll be no Herbivore at the Embassy on Easter Sunday.  Open Saturday 11 – 5 as normal with Easter eggs on the menu – green shakshuka: eggs baked with leek, pepper and spring greens with a yogurt sauce and potatoes with cumin and dill. Full menu here.

Corn Tortillas

tortillas

Corn tortillas straight off the plane from the Bronx, NYC. Strictly for personal consumption though. But we do have the same thing in blue from the lovely Cool Chile Co in London making their way onto this week’s menu at the Embassy. Pure blue corn tortillas sandwiching refried black beans, spinach and cheese (if that’s your thing, walnuts if it’s not), saute spiced potatoes and salsa. Full menu here.

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..

Welsh Wasabi

horseradish

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.

A/W 17/18 Final Clearance

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The last of the Autumn/Winter Squash collection from Herbivore Acres makes its way to the Embassy Cafe menu this week. Keeping it local with more lovely leaves from the Cardiff Salad Project that I’ve mentioned before. Full 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.