Thursday, 17 May 2012

National Vegetarian Week 2012

Blog post by Monica Shaw

Monday 21st May 2012 marks the start of National Vegetarian Week, the UK’s annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. To give us some inspiration for the week,  Monica Shaw, guest blogger at Great British Chefs, talked to two of the UK's leading vegetarian chefs to get their ideas for incorporating more vegetables into our lives.

We know most of you are committed omnivores, but we also know that even meat eaters are clamouring, not just for more veg, but for more veg that actually tastes good (the popularity of Yotam Ottolenghi's The New Vegetarian column in the Guardian and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg is testament to that).
To give us some inspiration for National Vegetarian Week, I talked to two of the UK's leading vegetarian chefs to get their ideas for incorporating more vegetables into our lives.
Rachel Demuth, owner of Demuths Vegetarian Restaurant and The Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath, knows that one of the biggest factors in cooking with more vegetables is time, and it's no surprise that her "Fast & Delicious" course is one of her best-selling cookery classes. She explains that one of the keys is keeping a well-stocked cupboard of basic ingredients from which to build a meal:
"The basics should enable you to rustle up a risotto, tasty snack, or warming stew without having to go shopping for special items. For starters: olive oil, canned tomatoes, canned beans, quinoa, couscous, lentils, and a good spice rack. For a quick solo supper, I love couscous with stir-fried seasonal veggies, topped with halloumi or marinated tofu and a sprinkling of seeds."

Rachel suggests that a good place to start is with a simple vegetable frittata, which can be made with any variety seasonal vegetables - wild garlic, French beans, asparagus, courgettes, carrots, broad beans - whatever you happen to have. 
photograph by Monica Shaw
Daniel Acevedo, head chef at Mildred's vegetarian restaurant in London, suggests signing on to an organic box scheme: "I get my organic fruit and veg delivered by Riverford, which takes the guess work out of having to go to the supermarket and think about my food menu for the week.  I find if I always have a fridge full of fresh fruit and veg, throwing something together after a long day at work isn't a hassle."
But what to throw together? Here, Daniel's a big fan of soups and salads: "an easy way for even the biggest of meat eaters to get more veg into their diets is to start with more soups and salads, both quick and easy to make and don't require a lot of bother." 

There are loads of events going on all over the UK to celebrate National Vegetarian Week, from special cookery classes to veggie menus at restaurants all over the country. Or if you're like me, take this opportunity to try a few new vegetarian recipes at home (I for one have plans for Wild Garlic Pesto and Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burritos).

For more vegetarian recipe ideas, visit Great British Chefs' Vegetarian Recipe Collection.
Look out for a competition to win a copy of  Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Veg Every Day! and Veg Patch River Cottage Handbook coming to Great British Chefs site soon. If you're not a vegetarian, how often do you eat vegetarian meals? For the vegetarians amongst us which dishes are favourites for your non veggie friends?  Let us know over on Great British Chefs Facebook Page.

Celebrating National Vegetarian Week 2012 - Great British Chefs

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Londons Top Veggie Restaurants

Am proud to announce that Mildreds restaurant has been nominated for The Jellied Eel magazine and the Ethical Eats network competition to find the best vegetarian restaurant in London. 
To tie in with National Vegetarian Week (21 – 27 May), Jellied Eel magazine are asking Londoners to tell them which is the best exclusively vegetarian eatery in the Greater London area.  
Judging the eatery primarily by its food, but naturally expect you to take into account the service, venue, atmosphere and ethics of the place.

Not only will the winning entry get the credit they deserve, but if your choice is voted top, you have a chance of winning a meal for two at the winning restaurant. 

The competition is open until 27 May.  A short-list of those with the most public votes will be put to an expert panel, with the winning restaurant being announced in early July. 

Check out the link to vote and give us your support

Monday, 2 April 2012

Straw wars

Mildreds has joined the strawwars, the idea is simple, it aims to either get rid of straws completely or provide a straw only when requested by a customer.
We have chosen to join this movement as billions of straws are discarded every year, filtering into landfill and littering the oceans.  This is extremely detrimental to the environment, as plastics cant biodegrade, they last indefinitely, breaking down into smaller pieces, feeding into the food chain and potentially ending up on our dinner plates.  there's food for thought.

not only have we decided to join this movement but are also now only providing customers with Bio-degradable drinking straws when requested.
For more info on how to be a part or to sign up check out

Monday, 5 March 2012

Best Burgers In London

Our burgers hear at Mildreds continue to be the best Veggie burgers in London.  We were recently paid a visit from Ten Lifestyle as they were writing an article about the best burgers in London, we were more than happy to be included in their top 5.  

Text below taken from Ten Lifestyle, to read the full  article go to tenlifestyle-best burgers



45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN


At this cosy and busy vegetarian restaurant in Soho, you might expect dishes such as the organic energising detox salad, but not hearty burgers and fries. The chef makes a daily special with whatever fresh vegetables, herbs and spices he chooses, so you’ll never eat the same recipe twice. With a soya protein base and a crunchy outside, it’s great for vegetarians fed up with sloppy, disintegrating patties or a Portobello mushroom in a bun. Beetroot and Mexican-style burgers are among diners’ favourites, and all varieties are vegan, unless you add cheese. Another popular upgrade is sweet potato fries – wedges with crispy skin and sea salt. The accompanying basil mayonnaise – a secret vegan recipe – is absolutely delicious.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Salad Bar

with our salad bar proving to be a great new feature here at Mildred's, alongside the daily hot specials,  we are continually changing the salads and specials on offer to give customers a variety of ever changing healthy options, including vegan and wheat free choices.

if you haven't  yet come down to try some of the salads and specials on offer, do pop in as you wont be disappointed.
Salad Bar open:
Monday - Friday
12 midday - 3:30pm