It’s goodbye at the end of August to the long standing El Piano on Grape Lane after 21 years of upholding the values of vegan and vegetarianism and hello Los Moros, the Moroccan and Middle Eastern street food stall that has been trading from York’s Shambles Market for the last three years and who will be moving into the Grape Lane premises in the autumn.
Tarik Abdeladim at his Los Moros stall at Shambles Market, York
El Piano was founded in 1997 by Magdalena Chavez ‘We are moving on’ she says ‘Our job is done. Twenty one years of blazing the vegan and gluten-free trail has led us all to the happy point where almost all eateries in York are now offering vegan and gluten-free options’.
And to her customers Magda says: ‘It has been our absolute pleasure to serve you all these years and we thank you for your loyalty and support. You will still be able to find us and our products, recipes, videos and books at www.elpiano.com.”
Los Moros owner Tarik Abdeladim is a worthy successor and while Los Moros will not be wholly vegetarian, Tarik plans to uphold the principles of El Piano with ‘tasty vegan and vegetarian dishes. One of our most popular dishes on the stall is our vegan falafel’.
‘We’re describing the restaurant as a modern North African kitchen’ says Tarik. ‘We’ll be serving some favourites from the kiosk, like our handmade merguez sausages, but using the restaurant as a space to develop the food in new directions, and play with different techniques and ingredients’.
Los Moros will be open for lunch and dinner from the autumn at 15-17 Grape Lane.
Joan, our recipe writer, put us onto Green Kitchen Stories, a website and app of ‘healthy vegetarian recipes’. Joan is a nutritionist, so is far more nutritionally savvy than Mandy and I, who far too often find ourselves devouring a feast.
But when we are not stuffing ourselves on your behalf, we are very happy to eat meals without meat and are constantly moaning about what a bad deal veggie’s get in restaurants.
So we were delighted when the book of the website arrived on our desk. The Green Kitchen is written by a beautiful young Swedish/Danish couple, David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl. David, the Swedish one is a magazine art director so naturally the pictures and styling is fabulous. Danish Luise is studying to become a Nutritional Therapist so that’s where the health-giving recipes come in. But don’t think dull and worthy, think banana and coconut pancakes with maple syrup; think herb and pistachio falafel; think stone fruit salad with goat’s cheese and Moroccan vegetable tagine with dried apricots.
The majority of the recipes are gluten free and many of them are vegan and they’re excellent, inspiring dishes that restaurant chefs would do well to consider. You might want to stock up on spices and a few less familiar ingredients like kamut flour and kelp noodles (though mostly you can substitute), but most of the recipes don’t involve any special ingredients other than fruit, veg, nuts and seeds.
I do draw the line though at the Bubbling Kombucha Cocktail, a non-alcoholic drink made with kombucha – a fermented enzyme and pro-biotic- rich tea which involves steeping it for a week until mushrooms grow in it. I’ll stick to my 1.9 units of caipirinha thank you. I know Joan, don’t judge me.
The Green Kitchen: Delicious and Healthy Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day