Sunday, 30 August 2015

Culinary Captures - August 2015


Here is August’s round up of all things foodie and kitchen based on what I’ve encountered this month.  Although on this occasion, it’s all about eateries and the news of new events hitting the food scene!
 

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Lower Slaughter Village
Photo: Word In Veg Ways

Another recent visit to the Cotswolds left me feeling uber-relaxed whilst taking some time out to enjoy some peace and quiet in the gorgeous village of Lower Slaughter near Broadway. 
The Slaughters Pub/Restaurant
Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

It really is real-life chocolate box imagery there and with its tiny stone bridges and clear water river, lunch at the village gastro pub ‘The Slaughters’ is a must and a good spot for taking it all in over a meal. 
Gooseberry & Elderflower Ice Cream
Photo:  Word In Veg Ways

The trip was completed with a visit to the Old Mill Museum shop where they sell home-made organic ice cream and my choice du jour had to be Gooseberry & Elderflower acknowledging a bit of seasonal flavouring. 

The serenity of eating ice cream on a summer’s day can never be beaten I don’t think……….



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Redemption Restaurant
Photo:  c/o Redemption

I’m really excited about Redemption, London’s first alcohol free bar movement, which has secured its first permanent site in Notting Hill following previous pop up successes in Hackney, Holborn and Portobello.
Photo:  c/o Redemption

Redemption is the brain-child of Catherine Salway, ex Virgin Group Brand Director and Executive Chef Andrea Waters who is an experienced restaurateur, vegan & raw chef, and nutrition expert.
Photo:  c/o Redemption

Set up two years ago, the company is proving healthy food can tantalise the pickiest of taste buds, with a selection of delicious, yet nutritious, dishes, including starters, mains and desserts, and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Photo:  c/o Redemption

Since its inception, Redemption has been the only bar/restaurant in London whose menu has been designed by nutritional therapists.  Whilst the alcohol-free cocktails have been a talking point, the food has grown in popularity as more people are looking to take a break from sugar, wheat, dairy and meat.  

Choices on the menu include:
Spicy Vietnamese salad - green mango, cucumber, mint, carrot, coriander, spring onion, chilli and micro shoots with nam jim

*  Maki rolls - filled with red quinoa, avocado, enoki mushrooms, sesame seeds and micro amaranth shoots

*  Candy beet ravioili - ruby beetroot sheets with cashew cheese, pea shoots, and watercress pesto & yellow pepper coulis

*  Lettuce spray - a Japanese-inspired innovative, nutritious and refreshing cocktail of iceberg lettuce, lime, cucumber, wasabi and aloe vera

*  Apple mockjito - muddled apple press, fresh mint and lime, served over ice and topped with soda

*  i scream sundae - sugar-free coconut milk 'ice-cream' with fresh vanilla, served with fresh berries and raw cacao sauce

*  Tomato tonic - a herby healthy version of a bloody mary - fresh tomatoes, sage, a hint of garlic, sweetened with agave syrup, shaken and served over ice

A new selection of good-for-you desserts will satisfy any sweet tooth with dairy-free, sugar-free ice cream sundaes with raw chocolate sauce and summer berries.
Redemption ensures that no animals are harmed or killed in the creation of its dishes, which are all vegan. Food will be sourced locally, and where possible organically, and there will be a zero waste strategy.

I love their ethos and hope that they will extend their brand nationwide, as the one who is often (socially) the nominated driver, having a well thought through non-alcoholic offering is very, very appealing.

For more information visit their website and/or their restaurant:
www.redemptionbar.co.uk
6 Chepstow Road, London, W2 5BH.

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When I visited The Plough Harborne earlier on in the year for one of their legendary Sunday lunches, I was intrigued about their plans for expansion and so I was thrilled to hear that they have now been made public!

This November sees the launch of ‘Upstairs at the Plough’ which is a £750k project which will accommodate two new private dining and meeting rooms.  The two private dining areas are flexible and can hold 30 covers combined or for 40 people standing if you are having an informal event.  For meetings, it will have wi-fi and audio systems making it ideal for business gatherings.
Image:  c/o The Plough

As demand has dedicated, the ground floor also gets a re-vamp with an increase of an extra 40 covers, a new bar featuring artisan whiskies and craft beers with a new pizza kitchen and coffee bar alongside it.

The Plough keeps growing and growing and I for one can’t wait to see the new make-over!

Fancy trying their veggie Sunday roast for yourself?  Read my review here.

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Not quoting Bob Geldolf, but for those that “Don’t Like Mondays”, fear not, ‘Meat Free Mondays at The Mockingbird’ has now arrived at the Custard Factory in Birmingham to wipe away those Monday blues.

Brought you in conjunction with The Vegan Grindhouse (already a stalwart at most local streetfood events), there will be 2 sittings each Monday with the opportunity for you to try some vegan food and to accomplish the ‘Meat Free Monday’ challenge which we all know about.

11am-2pm sees the vegan all American brunch style menu (waffles, scrambled tofu etc) and then 5pm – 9pm sees the vegan evening menu commence featuring food from different regions of the USA, such as burritos, Philly cheesesteaks, meatball marinara subs, mac'n'cheese and all American sides and desserts.

In addition to the food, Meat Free Mondays will also feature free film screenings in the theatre, music and a range of vegan beers, soft drinks and plant-based milks for coffees and teas.
 
Who doesn't like Mondays now?

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Note:  All items/services featured have been personally selected and I have not received any incentive or compensation to feature them. 

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