Virtual Big Nibble Week 2: Future Food and Sustainability

Week 2 Future Food Show

The second week of our month-long Virtual Big Nibble food festival centres on Future Food and Sustainability. Enjoy all this and much more:

Cook with Laurence from Kaya Cafe and Restaurant

Kaya is an independent bar and café based in beautiful surroundings in Horsham Park. It was established in 2020 by friends Candice and Benita, who are both South African, but have been living in Horsham for over 20 years.

They have many years in the restaurant and hospitality sector which has fuelled their passion for high quality ingredients and maintaining exceptional customer service. They love good food and will always source the very best produce from suppliers as local as possible. From time to time they also like to embrace their South African roots as well as take inspiration from other cultures across the globe.

They have big plans for their little café, serving delicious food and great coffee are only the fundamentals. They aim to be our customer’s favourite place to retreat, refuel and revive by offering food and drink that is the perfect blend of nourishment and indulgence.

Watch Kaya chef, Laurence Swann, prepare his Beetroot Hummus, Beetroot Puree, Goats Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts dish in the beautiful surroundings of Kaya’s indoor conservatory seating area.

And don’t miss the short video at the end from Luke at the Horsham Cellar who will tell you all about the perfect wine to drink with this amazing dish.

Beetroot Hummus, Beetroot Puree, Goats Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

Meet the owners of Kaya

Hilary Knight chats to the owners of Kaya - Candice and Benita - to find out a little bit more about how their vision for the café and their future plans.

Cook with Jean from Restaurant Interlude at Leonardslee Gardens

Restaurant Interlude is a contemporary restaurant located within the historic woodland gardens of Leonardslee Estate. The ever-changing set menu draws inspiration from their listed gardens, produce grown in Interlude’s own vegetable gardens or surrounding land, and by local farmers where organic principles are employed.

The Executive Chef is Jean Delport who is originally from South Africa and embraces his culture past and present. He trained in some of the best restaurants in the Cape winelands and Ireland and moved to West Sussex to realise his dream of opening Restaurant Interlude in the UK, creating a kitchen from scratch within the Grade 11 Listed Leonardslee House. Within a year of trading they managed to receive their first Michelin Star in October 2019 which was an amazing achievement for such a new restaurant.

Watch Jean prepare his amazing indulgent Dark Chocolate Cremeux in the kitchen of the beautiful graded Leonardslee House.

And don’t miss the short video at the end from Luke at the Horsham Cellar who will tell you all about the perfect wine to drink with this amazing dish.

Dark chocolate cremeaux Interlude

Meet Jean from Restaurant Interlude

Hilary Knight talks to Executive Chef of Restaurant Interlude - Jean Delport – to find out a little bit more about the chef behind the recipe and their business.

Vegan Banana Bread by Cocoa Loco

Cocoa Loco started in 2005 when Sarah decided that there wasn't enough Fairtrade, quality chocolate in the UK. So she got working on it and fast forward to today and they are now a small team of expert chocolatiers, who have won multiple awards for their ethical and delicious treats.

Cocoa Loco have something for everyone, including a wide Vegan range and an ever growing collection of flavoured bars, chocolatey boxes, heavenly truffles and baked bites that will make you jump for joy!

Make Cocoa Loco's Vegan Banana Bread by viewing the recipe or downloading the recipe card.

Don’t forget Cocoa Loco are providing a fantastic prize of a box of Gorgeousness Chocolate for our Virtual Big Nibble Foodie Photos Competition, so if you cooked this recipe and loved their chocolate, please enter the competition for the chance to win some more lovely chocolate.

They are also offering a special discount for the Virtual Big Nibble Big Nibble Discount Code. Just quote BIGNIBBLE15 to get 15% off on their website until the end of September.

Vegan Banana Bread and a bunch of bananas

Aubergine Chickpea Curry & Coconut Rice and Raw Cinnamon Seed bars by Julie Stewart Nutrition

Julie Stewart is a registered nutritionist who combines her love of food and science to help increase people’s awareness of a healthy lifestyle. Combining a background in the pharmaceutical profession and a personal interest in nutritional science led her to study naturopathic nutritional therapy and ignited her fascination in the world of nutrigenomics – how food has the power to influence our genes.

Julie has shared a couple of her tasty, healthy recipes for our Virtual Big Nibble. Download here recipe cards below:

Download Julie's aubergine Chickpea Curry & Coconut Rice recipe

Download Julie's Raw Cinnamon Seed bars recipe

If enjoy her recipes and are wondering how nutritional therapy could help you, why not book a FREE discovery call with her to discuss what is going on for you?

Visit Julie Stewart Nutrition's website and send a message via website contact form and mention “The Virtual Big Nibble” when booking an appointment and you’ll receive 10% off your first appointment.

Aubergine Chickpea Curry & Coconut Rice

Vegan Fest Horsham - Plant Based Alternative Food Options

Vegan Fest Horsham are delighted to be a part of the Virtual Big Nibble event this year and looking forward to many more events to come to bring vegans, non-vegans and anyone who is just a bit interested together to find out more about living a vegan lifestyle.

The number of vegans in the UK quadrupled between 2014 and 2019 and according to the many visitors who attended Vegan Fest Horsham last year, many people in the District are interested in adopting a lifestyle that’s both good for the planet, the animals and your health

Watch the video with Helen Crabb, organiser of Vegan Fest Horsham, and Julie Stewart, Nutritionist talk about the event last year and the advantages a vegan lifestyle can have for sustainable living, animal welfare and your health.

Cow in a field Vegan Fest Horsham

Bug Berry Smoothie by BeoBio

BeoBia challenges you to reduce your carbon footprint, recycle your food waste and rethink your relationship with food. It’s time to join the sustainable food revolution! They are working on an innovation new product called Re_ an insect growing pod that empowers you to create your own source of healthy and sustainable protein.

Re_ enables you to produce between 100-300 grams of mealworms per harvest. Mealworms are over 54% protein, plus they are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. ​You can feed your mealworms your fruit and vegetable waste, and you can use their frass (mealworm poop) as plant fertiliser – a truly sustainable solution!

If you are feeling really brave you can try making their Bug Berry Smoothie

Bug Berry Smoothie

Kinder Living Horsham - Sustainability, Information and Inspiration

In 2015, Kinder Living started out as a not-for-profit home show, focusing on show-casing local businesses offering environmentally sustainable options for local residents’ homes and lifestyles.

Alongside our yearly show, we have also become local representatives for the Refill Campaign, setting up Refill Horsham District. We continue to expand and are now a Community Interest Company with big plans to continue to help local businesses grow sustainably.

This video is set at Kinder Living team member Laura Woodrow’s allotment plot in Southwater. She discusses how to manage gluts of fruit and veg in the allotment; the best ways to try and reduce food waste at home; how to be mindful of food waste when using recipes; and how best to reduce plastics when you food shop.

Laura from Kinder Living Horsham in an allotment

Sussex Green Living

Sussex Green Living is a fast growing multi award winning charity set up by local people who wanted to create a network and initiatives for the benefit of their community and the planet. They show that living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, respecting nature and reducing that all important carbon footprint is exciting, energising, saves you money and helps provide more peace of mind to live and enjoy a sustainable future.

Recycling properly has a huge impact on the preservation of ecosystems worldwide. With the planet in a state of global emergency, Sussex Green Living have partnered up with TerraCycle to offer information on how you can recycle at home.

They also offer services that help you with your day to day lives, such as the Horsham Repair Cafe, which allows your electrical items, clothes and textiles to be repaired rather than disposed of. You can also fill up your cleaning and personal hygiene bottles and receive energy advice and choose to switch to cheap clean renewable energy at the repair cafe too.

Learn ways you can support their work at no cost to you.

To find out more watch this video by Sussex Green Living

Sussex Green Living have also recently been involved in a school environmental education programme and have produced a series of videos for children (and grown-ups) to help them learn more about how to live a greener life.

Recycle and Recreate

Learn how to look after the planet through recycling, recreating and upcycling; what you can and can't recycle in your household bins; fun and inspiring ways you can reuse materials to make beautiful jewellery, purses, bags, clothes and art. Most children learn the 3 Rs at school, learn about our 17 Rs!

Watch the Recycling and Recreate video

Visit our website to see all the single use plastic materials we are able to recycle and the many parish locations where they can drop them.

Love your clothes and planet

Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and help Planet Earth through the clothes we wear, environmentally friendly and un-environmentally friendly materials, clothes miles, fast fashion, Fairwear and getting creative with the help of Repair Cafes.

Download a fun free clothes game and eco guide.

Upcycling to help grow food and give wildlife a home

Get creative in the garden or someone else's garden by reusing unwanted items to help us grow and provide habitats for wildlife; environmentally friendly ways to control pests; how to make a bird feeder out of a fruit juice carton and much more.

Watch the upcycling to help grow food and give wildlife a home video

Horsham District Council Health and Wellbeing

Horsham District Council’s Health and Wellbeing initiative offers a free adult based lifestyle service offering advice and support with issues such as weight management, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol use as well as individual 121 motivational support, brief advice and goal setting.

Watch Andy's grain bowl recipe

Watch Rachael's mackerel recipe

Watch Sam's alcohol-free cocktail recipes

Mackerel pate

The Natural Way Horsham

At The Natural Way Health Store our Just Natural Organic range of pre-packed dried goods are in plastic free plant based compostable packaging. Our ever expanding refill station is reducing the need for single use plastics and we also offer many other sustainable and eco-friendly items.

We are offering 10% Discount throughout September for any purchase of Viridian Nutrition which has become the first vitamin company in the world to be certified Palm Oil Free (CPOF). Their empty bottles can be returned for recycling and a 25p refund.

Watch the video to find out more about The Natural Way.

Michelle Owner of the Natural Way

Steyning Food and Drink Festival: Week 2

Steyning Food and Drink Festival launched on Saturday 5 September. Full details of events can be found on their website, highlights for the week include:

Friday 11 Open Brewery Taste and Buy Riverside Brewery, Upper Beeding

Saturday 12 Craft House Coffee Tasting Sussex Produce Steyning High Street

Monday 14 Start of Cocoa Loco Instagram Cake Decorating Competition

Steyning Food and Drink Festival

Messy Harvest with Horsham Churches Together

Each week, Horsham Churches Together will be sharing some Messy Harvest activities for children and families to enjoy based on the theme ‘All good gifts around us’.

Harvest is a time when we thank God for the Harvest and for the food he provides for us. We have many things to give thanks for at Harvest-time.

Messy Church is all about fun-filled family activities, available for all ages based on creativity, hospitality and celebration. Find a Messy Church near you.

Messy Church Harvest

We plough the fields and scatter – watch We plough the fields and scatter and join in with the actions – this week it’s Little Notes

Harvest Samba – sing along to the Harvest Samba with acknowledgement to Out of the Ark Music, Zane Colquhoun and New Hope)

Thankful Tree – draw a tree. Make paper leaves or pieces of fruit. What do you want to say thank you for? Draw a picture/write a word on the leaves/fruit. Stick them on the Thankful Tree.

Little notes singing songs for the Messy Harvest

Make a cress head – get a clean yoghurt pot. Stick on some googly eyes. Put a piece of cotton wool in the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle on cress seeds. Water little and often. Wait for seeds to grow. Eat and enjoy!

Make bread rolls – make some bread rolls. Find a recipe on the Internet. You are likely to need:
*500g Bread flour (white or wholemeal)
*7g (One sachet) Fast-action yeast
*1 1/2 tsp Caster Sugar
*2 tsp Salt
*300ml Luke warm water
*3 tbsp Olive oil

Pots of cress with faces on them and bread rolls