When I meet co-owner Adrian for a coffee walk near mine he’s seeing the positives rather than dwelling on lost time. They have a small, close-knit team, and the downtime has allowed them the opportunity to support other businesses they wouldn't have been able to otherwise. He reels off a list of Birmingham independents from whom he’s had takeaways, singling out Hampton Manor as his recent favourite. Land are launching their own home delivery themselves this week; 2 vegan courses with neighbours The Pineapple Club on drinks duty. The first menu features cauliflower with satay sauce and tofu for main. It's safe to say I'll be ordering it.
Given that an estimated half a million people in the UK are taking part in Veganuary this year. I’m keen to learn some tips to make the most of plant-based cooking. The response is typically low-key and unassuming; treat the produce simply and with respect, use influences from other cuisines to (literally) spice things up. I meet Adrian again, this time in the kitchen of Land where he takes me through a relatively simple dish of celeriac in garlic sauce which has all the qualities of an indulgent bowl of pasta with just a few dairy-free ingredients. It tastes incredible and he's been kind enough to share the recipe here.
We talk plans for the future that include collaborations and maybe an expansion in sites. Land look set to build on the last twelve months and make next year their own.
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