Now taking bookings for the next instalment in the supper club saga. Having had an event to mark Day of The Dead with a Mexican inspired feast for the past few years, we’ve decided to change it up this year and make something reflecting bonfire traditions, flames, smoke, the time of year and – yes – Mexican flavourings in at least one dish. Full info here.
Late September, a bit of an Indian summer and the tomatoes at Field Days Organic are still coming on strong. Super ripe and super tasty. So much so that I’m doing something that I’ve never done before and am pretty much running the same menu two weeks in a row to make the most of them. Herbivore. Sometimes the same, always different, Full menu here.
Did you know that Herbivore vegan cakes are available all week long at the Embassy Cafe? As well as weekend treats you can buy them from Riverside Sourdough Monday to Friday. Seven days of cake. This one is an orange, almond and pear number and won’t be around for long as the pears are from my Pontypridd allotment and there aren’t very many of them this year. Grab it while you can.
There will be no Herbivore at the Embassy on Sunday 26th August – it’s that Notting Hill Carnival time of year again. However we’re keeping it super seasonal and super local on Saturday 25th when we’re open as usual 11 – 5. We’ve got samphire from Merthyr Mawr for pakoras, golden tomatoes from Field Days Organic for risotto, green beans and blackberries from Pontypridd and much more. Full menu here.
Well, Herbivore052: Italianate was a rip-roaring success. All sold out, a great atmosphere and some lovely new dishes. I liked one of them so much I’m taking it on the road with me to the next event which will be in Swansea, at The Last Resort pub. Alongside the Chocolate Arancini will be four more courses that are seasonal variants of dishes of supper clubs gone by so that the good people of Swansea can see a bit of what they’ve been missing. Details and menu here.
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.
…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.
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.
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.
New 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.