Wild Food Cafe – Neal’s Yard/Covent Garden

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Friends visited from Chichester for the day so had to show 6-year old Freya vibrant and colourful Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. For the first time ever, I went up the staircase above Neal’s Yard Remedies shop and discovered this wonderful cafe. Was packed but the staff were very friendly and suggested txting me as soon as a table became free. 15 minutes later, we were sitting by the window.

Loved the freshness of the ingredients and the purity of taste. The green smoothie I ordered tasted a little powedery compared to the smooth textures I’m used to at home. I’d still order it as it’s full of nutrients; keeping an open mind: not everything has to taste the way I expect it to:)

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Fairy Feast Salad

  • Mixed baby leaves
  • Watermelon
  • Soft hemp-almond-macademia soft cheese
  • Pink olives
  • Fresh seasonal berries
  • Irish moss seaweed
  • Red pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Avocado chunks
  • Grain mustard dressing

Emerald Wild Smoothie

  • Chlorophyl-packed kale
  • Activated almonds
  • Apple
  • Lemon rind
  • Wild Cafe’s own superfood powder (chlorela, barley grass, nettle leaf, spirulina)

Visit: http://wildfoodcafe.com/

P.S. I revisited Wild Cafe for lunch today on my own and had the chocolate smoothie and the vegetarian burger. A little too vegetarian/raw tasting for my liking so found it a little heavy and dry in texture. The smoothie way too sweet and dissapointing to hear that they’re pre-made so no maple syrup was not an option:( Still, everything feels genuinely vegetarian/vegan and keen to join one of their mini retreats. The staff is exceptionally friendly and smiley:)

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An unusual Greek Salad

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Some unusual Ingredients:

  1. 1 packet of tomatoes (outside Greece, cherry tomatoes are the way to go)
  2. Half a cucumber
  3. 1 red onion
  4. 1 fillet of freshly caught grilled snapper (again I cheated, bought from local chippy)
  5. 1 avocado
  6. A handful of fresh basil leaves
  7. Half a pack of Bulgarian Sheep Feta (Bulgarian is just as good as Greek feta)
  8. Iliada Greek olive oil
  9. Cracked pepper & himalayan salt
  10. Modena Balscamic vinegar

Being Greek this salad may come as a surprise. I love the traditional Greek salad but I also love avocado and grilled snapper. In summer, I have a tendency to turn everything into a salad so here it is:)

The sizes specified above are for one [hungry] person’s dinner or a light lunch for two.

 

Warm black rice salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pack halloumi (preferably goat’s cheese)
  • 1 cup black rice
  • 1 packet of wild rocket
  • A handful of sesame seeds
  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Iliada Extra Virgin Greek olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper & himalayan salt
  • 3 cloves of smoky garlic
  • Fresh basil

Directions:

First cook the rice. This particular kind requires more water than the usual 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water; more like 3-4 cups of water. Meanwhile, in a large bowl mix the avocado, rocket leaves and crushed garlic. Add the juice of one lemon and set aside. Once the rice is cooked (takes about half an hour), grill the halloumi. I use a non-stick heavy frying pan, no need to add oil. Keep turning till it’s nice and golden on both sides. Put the halloumi aside and in the same frying pan toast a handful of sesame seeds. Add the rice, halloumi and toasted sesame seeds in the salad bowl and springle a generous amount of Greek olive oil, cracked pepper and salt. Toss well. You could display a couple of pieces of halloumi with basil leaves on top otherwise it’s impossible to detect the halloumi till you taste it:)

Serves 2 (hungry people)