Herbivore 052: Italianate

After a couple of months without one, I’m pleased to announce the next supper club: Herbivore 052: Italianate. I’ll be taking the best of summer produce from Field Days Organic, Blaencamel Farm and the hedgerows and meadows of the South Wales valleys to create a six course vegan menu inspired by the great cuisine of Italy. Not Italian food of course, just Herbivore food with an Italian accent. And of course I can’t help but let my eye wander a little further east and sneak in some of my beloved miso and nori. Just don’t call it fusion. Full menu here.

Embassy Cafe 14th/15th July

samphireHerbivore back in town after a week away, bringing wild ingredients from the Far East (of England). Samphire pakoras on the menu at the Embassy Cafe this weekend. Keeping it seasonal and local with gooseberry chutney on the side. Full menu here. All vegan this week.

No Herbivore 7/8th July

There will be no Herbivore at the Embassy this weekend due to a family celebration. However, my friends at Riverside Sourdough, who not only bake the best bread in Cardiff but also run things at the Embassy Mondays to Fridays, will be taking the helm for the weekend so you’ll be in safe hands. Not sure exactly what will be on offer but needless to say it will be a quality offering of vegan and vegetarian brunch, lunch and sweet treats. Herbivore back in full effect on the 14th July.

Summertime

…and the cooking gets easier. Gooseberries and rhubarb from Herbivore Acres, elderflower still blazing in the hedgerows, the first courgettes and broad bean tops from Field Days Organics. Menu writing just got a whole lot easier. See this week’s offerings at the Embassy Cafe here.

lovage

Secret weapon from the herb garden: lovage. Basically it’s parsley on steroids. Just a small amount will add a sharp savoury note to salads or a deep unami hit to stocks and soups. Gotta love the lovage. Spot it in this week’s wild rice and walnut tabbouleh. And remember: this herb is not available in the shops. Menu for Herbivore at the Embassy Cafe here.

Mumbai Tidy

mumbai mess

Mumbai Mess from last week’s Masala Mash Up supper club. Meringue, mango, strawberries and cashew cream. We had to re name it Mumbai Tidy as we couldn’t bring ourselves to smash it all together. Some thing very similar on this ween’s menu at the Embassy Cafe. More details here.

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.