Hola lovely people, it’s been quite a summer! Popping Up @STAAltd @Cobden_Chambers #kickleftlion

I’ve not posted for a while, lack of internet and computer access is an quite an obstacle in this digital age not least because I am deprived of my most favourite procrastination activity (loosely disguised as work) scouring the depths of the internet for recipe inspiration! As I’m currently ‘popping up’ rather than being based in one place it’s been difficult to let you know where we’d be. Never the less it has been a good summer of festivals and events plus trying to find work to supplement my income in the leaner times. My personality type is much more grasshopper than ant so I do have a tendency to get distracted by the pursuit of summer fun! Being self-employed is a blessing and a curse, the freedom is wonderful but the lack of financial security is at times stressful. Those days when you wake up in the morning with a sense of dread and the most occupying thought is about how you are going to find the money to pay whatever bill that is urgent this week. Certainly as I’ve been battling depression and an eating disorder (I know, I’m a chef, I understand how ridiculous that is!) these last ten months have been incredibly testing. I have learned a helluva lot, particularly about living on nothing and asking for help which I am getting better at. Life is much easier when you have people to collaborate with. I realise I constantly brain dump the tangential thoughts that zigzag endlessly through my mind and it’s been useful to have people around as sounding boards instead of me just talking to myself! It helps me get my candy-floss scatter brain in working order.

After a good break away and an unexpected aura cleaning (those that know me well are aware of how sceptical I am about such things,  whatever happened it was quite a powerful experience) I’m ready to be a bit more ant like and get my working life on a productive tip. I’ve been in talks with some awesome people about a venue, working co-operatively with other groovers in Nottingham. As this brilliant plan unfolds, you will be the first to know!

Last Saturday we were really pleased to host a hen party at the gorgeous Dezigne in Hockley. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous food, relaxed and happy atmosphere plus the opportunity to indulge in a little retail therapy on a Saturday night. It’s great when the people you are looking after have a wonderful experience and partnerships benefit all involved. If you are thinking of having a party and would like a special tasty vegetarian/vegan menu please get in touch, we’d love to cook for you!

Coming up this weekend we were really pleased to be asked back to St Anns Allotments for their Harvest Day, if you haven’t yet visited their heritage allotment site then this Saturday 6th is the perfect opportunity. There is an incredibly diverse range of fruit and vegetables grown there and it simply feels like a magical world far away from the city despite it’s location in the heart of St Anns. We will be cooking up sexy vegetarian and vegan soups from allotment produce, there will be guided tours of the allotments, plus craft sessions, drumming workshops and I hear tell of Morris Dancing which I am particularly excited about! It’s on between 11.00 and 16.00 and the site is accessed via Ransom Road. The Blue Bus line from the city centre (40, 41, 42, 45) will get you there.

You will know that we have a particular soft spot for Cobden Chambers in the heart of the Creative Quarter and we will be Dressing up in our best vintage finery to serve hot delicious food on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st  of September 10.00-17.00 at The Vintage Reclaimed Fair. There will also be a tea party, a fabulous selection of vintage and antiques to peruse and purchase, retro music and an opportunity if you haven’t already, to peruse the beautiful shops in the terraces. Cobden Chambers is based in the courtyard off Pelham Street next to The Bodega

 One last thing for now the legends of Nottingham Culture Left Lion are running a kickstarter campaign to take their publication monthly. As far as we are concerned it is the only thing you need to read to find out what is happening and worth doing in hood town. For a bargain price of £200 I will come to your house cook a stunning five course dinner for you and 5 friends and do the washing up. It would make a fabulous birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s, ‘just because you are awesome’ present. All that plus the additional bonus of feeling good because you are helping something awesome to happen. Private home dining is another service offered by us so if this is something you are interested in, drop us a line and lets talk party!

If you made it this far, well done. You have just experienced one of my epic brain dumps, thanks for listening! x

Fancy treating your loved one to something delicious? @LeftLion Kickstarter #NottinghamRocks

Beccy’s Global Kitchen have teamed up with Nottingham legends Leftion Magazine to help them raise funds to take Nottingham’s best publication monthly. They are offering a badass set of rewards including us! For £200 we will come to your house and cook a sexy delicious five course meal for you and five friends and do the washing up. It would make a brilliant birthday, Christmas, just because you’re awesome present 🙂 Check it out!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leftlion/kick-leftlion-magazine-monthly

LeftLion Kickstarter

Sorry we’ve been absent, but we have exciting news!

A couple of weeks of rain gave me plenty of time to contemplate what on gods great earth am I doing with my life and wondering if I am ever going to make a proper go of this business. I love food, I truly do. It’s become a cliché to profess it’s an obsession, but it genuinely is for me. I believe wholeheartedly that the food I lovingly cook  is great. What has been greatly lacking is stability and investment. I’ve tried to make a go of it on a budget of £0 which has not been easy! Much of my equipment has come from Freecycle or surplus from friends, I do love this beg/borrow/exchange way of doing things but it has made things difficult. The biggest impact has been on trying to find the right venue to operate from, with no cash whatsoever I have been unable to secure a lease in the right location. The café has only been able to open purely on the the generosity of others.

I cut my teeth on Sneinton Market, a space that I have a long held affection for, a place steeped in history and ripe to transform into something wonderful. Wendy and Brian could not have been more accommodating and helpful. Guiding me through the pitfalls of things like insurance and maintaining a sunny disposition in cold weather or during those quiet days when customer footfall is low. I really want to see Sneinton Market thrive again, I would love to walk across the square and see rows of stalls and throngs of people shopping in a more sociable, local and interesting way.

I needed to grow the business and move on from trading one day a week to working full time. At a time when I was experiencing a traumatic change in my personal circumstances, I was given the opportunity to run an actual cafe, like a proper grown up! I used to walk in everyday and feel incredulous that it was real. One of my strongest childhood memories is of Christmas Day when I was five, I got a bluebird a la carte kitchen and I remember pushing it into the kitchen where my mum was preparing the Christmas Feast (man did we ever stuff ourselves, trotting out another cliché here but my mum was an incredible cook) and Iwas pretending to cook alongside her, throwing smarties and quality street into my pans! I felt so happy and this is how I felt every time I came into the cafe to cook. Unfortunately whilst the rent and support given was fantastic the location wasn’t quite right and then we sadly discovered that having a cafe open to the public in the premises was going to push the insurance premium through the roof and it was not going to stack up financially.

So then we moved to Cobden Chambers! What an incredibly stunning space, a real oasis in the heart of the city. I love it there, it’s so wonderful. Unfortunately The Courtyard is not rain proof and I am not set up that well to trade outside in the glorious UK weather that comes in many guises! This gave rise to the aforementioned introspection and subsequent despair that despite trying and working really hard, the business wasn’t going to be successful. With a saddened heart and a deep set sense of failure I began updating my CV to send out to agencies to prospect for work.

What would I do now? A vegetarian chef in Nottingham has extremely limited options. I left office work for many reasons, it’s hard to be good at something that you have no interest in or enthusiasm for, I don’t have much to contribute to the ‘water cooler’ chat. The 9-5 life doesn’t suit me and I hate being told what to do! I became sad and angry that the last year and a half had been wasted, to end up back in the situation I happily skipped away from and then……..

I got approached by someone wanting to invest! The time of miracles is at hand! We are working hard to secure a lease and will announce the venue soon. This is a very exciting time for Beccy’s Global Kitchen and it is with a a bucket of ideas, exhilaration (and a little bit of fear) we look forward to the next phase.

In the meantime please feedback what you’d like to see in the new space! Updates will be posted, keep ’em peeled.

Xx

Cafe OPEN Tuesday 6th May 12.00 – 15.00 Today’s Menu @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Spicy Black Bean Soup with Bread £2.50 (vegan).

Tofu ‘BLT’ £3.50 (pressed tofu marinated in a smokey maple dressing, vegan)

Vegan Jaffa Cake £1.50

Short on time? Please call your order through on 07789917429 and I will have your order ready at your preferred time.

If you have any specific dietary requests please let us know and we will do our best to make you something fabulous and tasty

 

 

Cafe OPEN Tuesday 6th May 12.00 – 15.00 Today’s Menu @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Vegan Caeser Salad £2.50 (Romaine lettuce smothered in a creamy vegan caeser style dressing with avocado and chickpeas) .

Oriental Marinated Roast Vegetable Wrap with Salad £3.50 (vegan)

Baked Chocolate  Banana £1 (vegan)

Short on time? Please call your order through on 07789917429 and I will have your order ready at your preferred time.

If you have any specific dietary requests please let us know and we will do our best to make you something fabulous and tasty

 

 

Cafe OPEN Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 12.00 – 17.00 Today’s Menu. Origin One Video Shoot, @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Vegan Ceaser Salad (romaine lettuce hearts smothered in creamy Ceaser style dressing, with chick peas and avocado) £2.50

Veggie Kebabs marinated in an oriental style dressing, with salads and bread £3.00 (vegan)

Mushroom Burger marinated in a tangy and smokey dressing, grilled with cheese £3.50 (vegan)

BBQ chocolate bananas £1.50 (vegan)

In honour of the wonder that is a bank holiday  (winning a free Sunday yeah!) and because the awesome Origin One are shooting a music video we will be hosting a barbecue at Cobden Chambers, pack your sunscreen and come and play!

 

 

Cafe OPEN Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 12.00 – 17.00 Origin One Video Shoot and Barbecue Antics @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

In honour of the wonder that is a bank holiday  (winning a free Sunday yeah!) and because the awesome Origin One are shooting a music video we will be hosting a barbecue at Cobden Chambers, pack your sunscreen and come and play! Menu to follow soon.

 

 

Cafe OPEN Thursday 1st May 12.00 – 15.00 Today’s Menu @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup with Turkish Bread £2.50 (vegan) .

Sundried Tomato Hummus and Roasted Vegetable Wrap with Salad £3.50 (vegan)

Buffalo Tofu Strips With Salad and Bread £3.50 (vegan)

Chocolate Cupcake £1.50 (vegan)

Banana Flapjack £1 (vegan)

Short on time? Please call your order through on 07789917429 and I will have your order ready at your preferred time.

If you have any specific dietary requests please let us know and we will do our best to make you something fabulous and tasty

 

 

Cafe OPEN Wednesday 30th April 12.00 – 15.00 Today’s Menu @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup with Turkish Bread £2.50 (vegan) .

Sundried Tomato Hummus and Roasted Vegetable Wrap with Salad £3.50 (vegan)

Banana Flapjack £1 (vegan)

Short on time? Please call your order through on 07789917429 and I will have your order ready at your preferred time.

If you have any specific dietary requests please let us know and we will do our best to make you something fabulous and tasty

Cafe OPEN Tuesday 29th April 12.00 – 15.00 Today’s Menu @Cobden_Chambers

Today’s Menu in the café (we’re based in the gorgeous courtyard of Cobden Chambers

Lebanese Red Lentil Soup with Turkish Bread £2.50 (vegan)

Grilled Lemon and Basil Tofu Burgers £3.50 (vegan)

Vegan Jaffa Cake £1.50

Short on time? Please call your order through on 07789917429 and I will have your order ready at your preferred time.

If you have any specific dietary requests please let us know and we will do our best to make you something fabulous and tasty