Monday, 1 June 2015

Week beginning June 1st - English Abundance

Growing in an abundance this time of year are foraged goods, these edible plants are used in our cooking from time to time. Ingredients that were once a common part of our diet until the connivence of supermarkets made foraging less of a necessity.

This week I've incorporated foraged ingredients into all 3 salads at Eastcastle street. All very pleasant and non threatening to the eye. First we have a chilli beef salad with loads of raw fibre from carrots, cucumber and ice berg. The salad is then dressed in a creamy pineapple weed dressing. Pineapple weed is a close relative of chamomile and as the name suggest smells and taste of pineapple. Commonly grows anywhere there is grass this weed literally grows all around us and often going unnoticed. Our chilli beef salad will also be garnished with rosy garlic flower, pretty little pink buds that taste like garlic.

Our second salad is another combination of raw and cooked but this time vegetarian. Raw red cabbage and radish tossed in a zesty lemon and lime dressing then layered with roasted sweet potatoes that have been tossed in a buckthorn mayonnaise. Buckthorn berried is an ingredient that I use a lot in Kaffeine. These bright orange berries grow in coastal areas and are rich in vitamin C, amino acids and antioxidants. This salad will also be garnished with black mustard flowers, a member of the cabbage family these flowers have a fiery wasabi flavour and great for adding more depth and texture to salads. 

Lastly our third salad of green beans has one of my all time favourite foraged ingredient added, honesty seed pods. As a member of the cabbage family these contain mustard oils and consequently are rather piquant. They are usually no bigger than a 2 pence piece and resemble mange tout. You should try them... honestly... 

Down at Kaffeine GTS Khan is breaking out the filo pastry to create a tart filled with some of summers best greens, leek and cabbage. All married together with feta, dill and pine nuts. This will be complimented by the salads, from protein rich beef and edamame to a very healthy and cleansing mixture of puy lentils, grapefruit, alfalfa sprouts and a hot Tunisian harissa dressing. 

Come and enjoy the best of England's free grown produce, because we are a cafe that cares not just about great coffee but also about serving amazing food.  

Jared Bryant
Lead Chef
Eastcastle Street

Khan Kein
Lead Chef
Great Titchfield Street

Great Titchfield Street Menu

Traditional bircher muesli with Greek Yoghurt & rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts, milk) £4.00
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses, Greek Yoghurt and rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts) £4.00
Fruit salad  with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passion fruit (v, gf) £3.90
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa £4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa £4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes £4.90
Cinnamon and Raisin Toast £2.50

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant £2.00
Pain au chocolat £2.50
Almond croissant £2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet muffin: Strawberry and nutella  (v, cereal, milk, nut) 2.50
Savoury Scones: Asparagus , Dijon and Gruyere  (v, cereals, milk, nut) 2.50
Friand: Raspberry and white chocolate (v, gf, milk, nut)  £2.50
Super moist chocolate brownies £2.50
White chocolate blondies £2.50
Portuguese tarts £2.00
ANZAC cookies £2.00
Almond and custard slice £2.50
Banana bread £2.50
Raspberry and coconut slice 2.50 (v, gf)

French retro baguettes 5.30
Ham, roasted apple, brie, sweet chilli sauce, spinach.(cereals, milk)
Smoked mozzarella, caramelized onion, tomato, basil, pepper mayo, rocket. (cereals, v, milk, egg)

Foccacias 5.50
Chicken, mushroom, tarragon ailoi, cheddar cheese, spinach.(cereals, milk)
Crumbed red pepper, tomato, Swiss cheese, aioli, rocket.(cereals, v, milk, egg)

Salads: 5.50/6.90
Crumbed beef, onion jam, edamame bean, green beans, horseradish sauce, watercress.(cereals, egg, milk)
Puy lentils, grapefruit, red onion, feta, alfalfa sprouts, harissa dressing, baby spinach.(v, milk, spicy sauce)
roasted aubergine, fried garlic, chilli, dill, black garlic yoghurt dressing.(gf, v, milk)

Tart: 5.50 or 7.90 with salads
Leek, cabbage and feta Filo scroll with fresh dill and pine nuts

Eastcastle Street Menu

Fresh Paleo bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote (v, nuts) £4.00 
Paleo granola with shredded apple soaked in orange juice (gf, ve, nuts) £4.00
Fruit salad with pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes and passion fruit (gf, v) £3.90
Smoked paprika brioche, calvados potato mash, medium baked egg, grilled courgette and onions with crème fraiche and chives (cereal, milk, egg) £5.00
Maple cured bacon sandwich with own made smoked ketchup, mont d'or cheese on a gluten-free bagel (gf, milk, egg) £4.00
Croissant with swiss eggs with spinach, ham and gruyere (cereal, milk, egg) £4.50
Croissant with smoked salmon, chopped egg, tomato and sprouts (cereal, milk, egg, mustard) £5.00

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissant (milk) £2.00
Pain au chocolat (milk) £2.50
Almond croissant (milk, almonds) £2.80

Baked Treats
Muffins - Apricot and almond (v, cereal, milk, egg, nuts) £2.50
Savoury – Red peppers and olive tapenade (v, cereal, milk, egg, milk) £2.50
Ladybird tarts (v, milk, eggs) £2.50
Chocolate brownies (gf, milk) £2.50
ANZAC cookies (gf, nuts) £2.00
Banana bread (milk) £2.50
Gluten-free vanilla and chocolate cakes (v, gf, milk, egg, mustard) £3.50

Bagels £4.90
Gluten-free bagels with tuna hollandaise, dill, gherkin, capers, and watercress (fish, egg, milk) 

Baguettes £5.30
Sourdough baguette with pancetta, goats cheese, sweet chilli, coriander, and rocket (cereal, egg, milk) 
Sourdough baguette with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil, aoli and rocket (v, cereal, milk, egg, mustard) 

Salads £5.50/£7.00
Chilli beef, shredded carrot, cucumber, ice berg, coriander, pineapple weed dressing and rosy garlic flowers (gf, milk)
 Zesty red cabbage, radish, roasted sweet potato tossed in buckthorn mayonnaise, mixed seeds and black mustard flowers (v, gf, egg, milk, mustard)
Green beans and honesty seed pods tossed in lemon, almonds, black pepper, parsley, and red onion (ve, gf, nuts)

Savoury Tart £4.40 or £8.00 with salad
Corn bread with roasted tomato and avocado (v, cereal, egg, milk)

Eastcastle Street Weekend Menu 
This weekend, Chef Flavio brings his own influences to the Eastcastle street store with his own salads and tarts.

Salads £5.50/£7.00
Pomelo, mango, sweet shallots, coriander, mint, watercress and roasted peanuts. (gf, v, nuts, chillies)
Rice noodles, smoked butternut, radish, mangetout, cucumber, purple radish cress & ginger sesame oil dressing. ( gf, v, nuts, fish )
Roasted red onions, rocket, pomegranate & walnut chilli oil .
( gf, v, nuts, chillies )

Savoury Tart £4.40 or £8.00 with salad
Spring tiger prawns pancakes

( g, egg, nuts, fish )

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