A versatile weapon in the Herbivore kitchen, the nasturtium. Keeps blazing strong into the autumn when so many other plants have fallen by the wayside and is useful in many ways. This weekend the leaves and flowers are going to garnish the white bean and chard cassoulet: the warm pepperiness providing a sharp contrast to the smoothing sweetness of the sauce. Meanwhile I’ll be pickling the seed pods to use as a British version of the caper – little blasts of salty heat to pep-up autumn and winter dishes. This weekend’s menu here.
Next up in the Herbivore supper club line is number 039: Twisted Bistro. Checked table cloths, candles in bottles, gypsy jazz playing and 4 vegan courses of classic bistro food seen through the Herbivore lens for twenty quid. Also, for the first time, we’re taking bookings at any time between 6.30 & 8.30. It’s BYO alcohol with a £2 corkage per person payable on the night. Embassy Cafe, Cathays Terrace, Cardiff 24th June. Menu here. Bookings: email@example.com
I couldn’t help noticing that the world european football kicking championship cup is taking place in Cardiff this weekend. Some people have advised me to stay in my mountaintop lair with plenty of tinned food, hot water and towels and wait for it to pass. Others have suggested i get ready for hordes of happy continentals hungry for reasonably priced, fresh vegetarian delights.
I’m going to choose the middle path: business as usual for Herbivore at the Embassy Cafe this weekend.
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.
Chef Manuel & I have been putting our heads together and wandering the fields, hedgerows and shoreline to come up with a menu for our collaborative supper club coming up at the Embassy Cafe on the 19th of April.
Once you start looking there are so many different green shoots out there just waiting to be picked so it’s been a process of narrowing down what we want to use and trying to predict what will be ready for harvest at the Amelia Trust Farm, Blaencamel and Riverside Market Garden.
It’s still a bit of a work in progress but you can see the prototype menu here. We only have a few spaces left for this one so act quickly if you want to come – email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Herbivore back in town to team up with Chef Manuel for a unique collaborative supper club. We’re going to be scouring the hedgerows and sea shore and engage in a bit of “pick your own” at some of our favourite farms and gardens to bring a special six course menu, all vegan, to the Embassy Cafe on Wednesday 19th April. Full menu to come soon but in the meantime we’re already taking bookings. It’s £25 per person with a small corkage charge for alcohol on the night. email@example.com
A cold and grey day today, but it still feels like spring is on it’s way. We’re just about to confirm a date towards the end of April for a collaborative supper club with Chef Manners, a very talented, Cardiff-based vegan cook. We’re going to base the menu around what we can go out and pick for ourselves – could be in the wild or from cultivated spots: my garden, allotment or Field Days Organics. A reconnaissance mission this week came up trumps as we found plenty of wild goodies bursting into life and bagged some lovely looking puple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb from Field Days and armfuls of sea beet and wild garlic from the wild. Take a look here to see how it’s going to be used on this week’s menu at the Embassy.
There will be no Cardiff supper club in March as I’m taking the show on the road and heading to Bollington, Cheshire for a kind of “greatest hits” menu. Bit far to travel for South Walians and it sold out very quickly anyway.
Herbivore at the Embassy cafe for the usual round of brunch, lunch & sweet treats Saturday 11 – 5. Won’t be there on Christmas Eve but back for New Years Eve with a special small plates menu running in the evening until late. More details coming soon.
The date for our next Meat Free Monday Supper Club at Arboreal, Cowbridge is 7th November, 7pm. Menu here.
4 courses of autumnal vegan cuisine for £18. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re back at Arboreal in Cowbridge for another 4 course Meat Free Monday supper on September 5th. As usual we’ll be taking the best of produce from Field Days Organic at the Amelia Trust Farm and the Riverside Market Garden on the Coed Hills site and cooking up an imaginative, vegan storm. September is perhaps the easiest time to write a menu: British produce is in abundance and tasting it’s best (especially if it has got to see a bit of sun). The hedgerows are groaning with the weight of blackberries and the herb garden is running wild. See here for the menu and booking details.