Sunday, 19 June 2016

Roots & Fruits Grand Arcade Leeds 18th June 2016

Roots & Fruits is a vegetarian and vegan cafe, in the Grand Arcade and is very welcoming and cosy and very busy on a Saturday lunchtime.   I often wonder in places like Roots and Fruits, what the percentage of customers are vegetarian and vegan, I somehow think carnivores make up a big percentage.

We managed to get a table for two and perused the menu, with its interesting vegan options, with more on their daily specials board.   I could not resist jerk jackfruit, being allergic to soya, it has been difficult to find alternatives for things like tofu, but jackfruit can be used in many dishes and I am keen to try as many as I can.

The dish was served with vegan cheesy sauce and sour coconut cream, plantain, yams, sweet potato and tortillas, totally delicious and the dish renewed my enthusiasm to utilise jackfruit more in my cooking.

An excellent Americano coffee accompanied my lunch, at the end of which, I had a chat with owner Kay, who was a friendly and helpful lady.   She was kind enough to let me know, where they got their jackfruit, which lucky for me, was just round the corner from a Thai supermarket, so I hot footed it down there quick to grab some tins.   Roots and Fruits should be on everyone's to visit list, when in Leeds.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Country Kitchen Cafe Clitheroe Road Waddington 8th June 2016

Country Kitchen Cafe is in the picturesque village of Waddington, in the Ribble Valley, most of which is an Area Of Outstanding Beauty and you can see why, with its beautiful surrounding countryside.

The cafe must have been a village shop at some time, with its traditional frontage and on a sunny lunchtime, looked very inviting from the roadside, with lovely hanging baskets, tables and chairs and colourful bunting.

The cafe inside is equally cosy and welcoming, with a homely feel and obviously popular with cyclists, walkers and visitors.

They also sell homemade jams, chutneys, knick knacks, games, mugs and stoneware pottery and I could not resist making a purchase.

On this spur of the moment visit, I had not enquired as to vegan options, so it was pot luck with whatever was on the menu.   There were a couple of options I would have had, prior to my allergy problems, so jacket potato with baked beans or five bean chilli with rice and salad.   There was also jacket potato with mushrooms and when I went to the counter, Tim the owner was happy to cook the mushrooms in olive oil and serve it with extra salad.

The jacket potato was huge, with loads of tasty just cooked mushrooms and fresh salad on the side, but so good I devoured the lot.   I also ordered a large black Americano coffee with an extra shot, which was so delicious I ordered another.

I also overheard Tim speaking to another customer, who had dietary requirements and his immediate answer was 'you can have what you want'.   What a great attitude and why I love to support independents.

I will definitely be returning and would recommend a visit, even if it is just for a coffee, before you explore this gorgeous part of the country.