Le Cheval Blanc Blog

The Planetary Health Diet – What Can We Do?

January 18th, 2019

How surprised was I this morning to switch on BBC news to find out the latest on Brexit only to find they were discussing veganism.  What’s more there was no frothing-at-the-mouth vegan hating, just a scientist talking about a major new study published in The Lancet about what they’re calling the Planetary Health Diet. In a […]

Persian falafels

Our Persian Themed Menu

June 12th, 2018

Food from the Middle East has been a vegetarian and vegan staple for a long time and with good reason.  Vegan classics like Falafel (and who doesn’t LOVE falafel?) originate there, and their bold use of flavour is an inspiration to plant-based cooks the world over who can’t rely on meat to create flavour.  It […]

Our Vegan Streetfood Menu

June 12th, 2018

Vegan streetfood has turned out to be our most popular offering. We ought to call it vegan junk food, but somehow we can’t bring ourselves to call it that, because while it’s inspired by the junk food that people love, it’s actually made from delicious, wholesome ingredients.  Perhaps a little too much of it is […]

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings Recipe: A new take

April 23rd, 2018

Buffalo cauliflower wings have been around for a while now and I’ve always been intrigued but also a bit skeptical. I’ve tried cauliflower steaks and have never been that impressed by a big chunk of cauliflower with a bit of marinade. I decided to run a vegan streetfood evening and I thought the Buffalo Cauliflower […]

savoury cheesecake

Savoury Cheesecake Recipe: 10 years in the making!

April 15th, 2018

I remember my first savoury cheesecake, it was 10 years ago at the Warehouse Cafe in Birmingham and I vowed to go home and make one. Well it wasn’t until a few days ago that I finally did it and I’m really happy with outcome, it’s really rich, velvety and totally indulgent. I looked at a […]

Vegan Tuna Mayonnaise: More Jackfruit Yumminess!

March 24th, 2018

Vegan Tuna Mayonnaise is my latest attempt to veganize an old favourite.  It’s also part of my ongoing obsession with Jackfruit: I’m finding new uses for it almost daily because I love its texture and taste.  This recipe is also very easy – I’m known for fine dining, but I also love to produce healthy […]

pulled jackfruit

Pulled Jackfruit Recipe: A Vegan Essential

March 20th, 2018

Pulled Jackfruit has become very on trend in the vegan world…and with good reason. Jackfruit are the biggest fruit in the world and they look like a cross between a lychee and a rugby ball.  They are incredibly good for you.  I remember when I lived in Birmingham (UK) the streets would be lined with these strange […]

Vegan Mayonnaise: I’ve cracked it!

March 18th, 2018

I’ve been experimenting with vegan mayonnaise for some time.  Most recipes I’ve found have been faffy and messy, usually with disappointing results.  Often recipes say to be mixing constantly while adding oil a drop at a time, and 20 minutes later you have an oily mess which then separates.  I then got some inspiration from […]

Restoring our Medieval House (Part 1)

February 27th, 2018

This is the first of an occasional series of blog posts about restoring our medieval house.  We did the whole thing in such a rush, the process wasn’t especially well documented, but we do have some interesting before-during-after shots and more than a few stories to tell. Our house was built in the 16th century […]

A slice of cheesecake with fresh red fruit on top.

Vegan cheesecake; a new favourite!

February 13th, 2018

One of my favourite things about the winter is that I have time to experiment in the kitchen and with the cold weather, being indoors is no hardship.  Right now I’m really enjoying developing my vegan repertoire.  Although I’m not vegan myself, I’m finding it a really exciting source of new ideas and dishes which […]