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Saturday 17th March 2018

People's Kitchen

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/img/arc/peopleskitchen.gifReviews on HappyCowA delightful dish is cooked and served at the Sumac Cafe by a different volunteer team each Saturday.

Dinner is served from 7pm, until it is all gone, for a suggested donation of 3.50. See Menu examples.

People's Kitchen is completely run by volunteers. Please get involved - email us with your name, email address & phone number to join the volunteer list. Find us on facebook.

See also Nottingham-Vegetarian-Vegan-Meetup-Group & Derby People's Kitchen

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245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX
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Peoples kitchen

People's Kitchen

  • Food at Sumac is vegan (pure vegetarian), so suitable for (almost) all diets and all cultures - see example menus
  • We aim to be allergy aware; to discuss your needs contact us.
  • The Bar will be open from 7.30 to party into the night.
  • Children very welcome. Dogs on leads please.
  • See our reviews at and Why not add your review too!


People's Kitchen often compliments fundraising events at the Sumac Centre, with extra funds raised to benefit the benefit. If you would like to hold a fundraising event, including a People's Kitchen meal, please email sumaccafe[at]

Advance notice:

20th June: Fundraising for Nottingham Green Festival
5th September: Stuff of Life after party.

Please support the People's Kitchen

People's Kitchen itself needs funds to maintain the kitchen, to support the Sumac mortgage and to maintain a stock of basic ingredients.

Click here for details of some of the other amazing projects supported by People's Kitchen.

Please Tweet about # SumacCentre #PeoplesKitchen

Can you Help?

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Please get involved - email us with your name, email address and phone number to be added to the volunteer list.

Roll up, roll up to volunteer for future Saturdays.

From chopping veg through to heading up the menu, there are hands-on opportunities at every level for anyone wishing to find out more about vegan cookery. 'Chefs', cookery assistants, serfs and washers-up welcome - guidance given!


See also Advice for Cooking for People's Kitchen
and Advice for Cooking for Events and Gatherings

Common food allergens

  • The following allergens are NEVER used in Sumac's Kitchen:

    • Eggs
    • Dairy Products / Calves’ Milk
    • Fish / Crustaceans / Molluscs / Shellfish

  • The following allergens are MAY BE present in Sumac's Kitchen:

    • Gluten (cereals, including wheat, rye, barley and oats)
    • Peanuts (serious allergen, we aim to phase them out)
    • Sesame seeds, celery, lupin, mustard
    • Soya – included in Veggies burger and sosage mixes
    • Tree nuts

Example Menus


16th May: fund-raiser for East Midlands CND

11th April: Fundraising for Notts Nibblers Rodent Rescue

4th April: Tagine meal in support of No Dash for Gas - Reclaim The Power

21st March: Derby Hunt Sabs: Pearl barley broth, Beans & sausage casserole, Chocolate cake with soya cream. If you can't make it - donate here!

24th Jan: a fundraiser for The Black Fish with Haggis & Mash + Iron Bru Porridge!

10th Jan: Veggies caters the Reclaim the Fields European Assembly: Veggies Hemp Burgers & Chips, with salad, relishes, followed by Apple Pie & Oatly Cream or Bananas & Custard.


22nd Nov: Tempeh fish, chips and mushy peas followed by a mystery dessert. Fundraising for Notts Nibblers Rodent Rescue.

15th Nov: Moroccan tagine with cous cous and salads, followed by a selection of flapjacks. Raising essential funds to replace the Sumac Cooker!

8th Nov: Smoky bean chilli with rooty mash and toasted seeds. Followed by chocolate chilli cake.

1st Nov: Thai curry with rice and the option of a spicy or a not spicy Thai salad. Followed by a Mystery pudding. Raising funds for Host Nottingham, a project that provides temporary accommodation to destitute asylum seekers.

25th Oct: Rich stew with creamy mash and steamed veg, followed by rice pudding

18th Oct: Veggies 30th Anniversary Bash. Chunky Soup & loadsa cake at 7pm, followed by a rolling buffet throughout the evening, with music & drinks until late.

11th Oct: Spanish lasagne, salad & garlic bread plus chocolate orange torte. Fundraising for Captive Animals Protection Society

20th Sept: Raising money to help Greenpeace refit their boat, the Arctic Sunrise. On the menu: Blackbean 'chilly' with veg and rice, followed by vegan arctic roll!

13th Sept: Fundraising for Animal Aid. Menu: Parsley, Pea & Potato Patties on a Pea & Summer Fruit Salad; Baked Butternut Biryani topped with Aromatic Crispy Fried Onion and a Courgette & Apple Salad; Chocolate & Fruit Flapjack with Nut Cream and Coconut Popcorn.

30th Aug: Homemade salsa with nachos; Chilli with sweet potato wedges; Vegan chocolate brownies; live music and Mouthy poetry!

23rd Aug: a fundraiser for the Sumac centre - a delicious meal of tempeh crab Cakes (no actual crab), chips and salad, with a mystery desert!

9th Aug: Thai rice salad followed by... banana bread

2nd Aug: Greek beans and creamy mash,with roast veg and salad. A fundraiser for Solidarity Now!, a prisoner support and mutual aid project run by an anarchist prisoner in Sacramento, California.

19th July: Spicy tempeh and corn enchilladas with buckwheat salad, followed by sticky toffee pudding.

12th July: Savoury cauliflower cake, roasted carrots with garlic and cumin
garlic bread, followed by plum and apple crumble

28th June: Fundraising for Free English Language Classes for Women, at Sumac. On the menu: Chickpea and potato curry, Spinach curry, Roti. Surprise dessert (sorbet? cake?)

7th June: Fundraising for Calais Migrant Solidarity

31st May: Fundraiser for MIND, the mental health charity, with Gambian domoda with Offshoot Foods tempeh, fresh baked bread and salad. Followed by Summer fruits cheesecake and the talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Jamie Wakefield, performing songs from his self-produced album 'Hit & Mist
- The Unicorn Album'.

3rd May: A Feminist Feast for Nottingham Rape Crisis.

26th April: Not-tuna salad a puff-pastry nut roast with homemade tartar sauce & tomato rice. For desert we'll have pinacolada cake with coconut iced frosting.

29th March: Tomato & vegetable pasta bake, salads, bread, chocolate cake with buttercream icing. A fundraiser for Nottingham CYF project, working with Nottingham Children, Young People and their Families.

8th Feb: Sweet potato stew with cornbread & beetroot salad, plus pudding. Fundraiser for Calais Migrant Solidarity

1st Feb: Fundraiser for Solidarity Now

Sat 25th Jan: A Burn's supper of Haggis, Bashed 'neeps & tatties and possibly a wee dram of whiskey, raising funds for Food For Life Global - The world's largest vegan food relief organisation.

Sat 11th January: Lasagne with garlic bread and salad + Calais Migrant Solidarity fundraiser - Poetry Against Borders! Tasty bake sale, spoken word and traditional Kora recitals.

Sat 4th January: a tasty plate of Pav Bhaji with either rice, bread or poppadoms.

  • 30th November: Spaghetti bake, with pea & chickpea salad; and then... Gulab jamun (syrupy dumplings).

    Support Refs4Pets

  • 60 raised for the Women's Aid Pet Project, Refs4Pets, to provide temporary refuge for pets of families escaping domestic violence, whilst they seek new, safe homes. To help call Sarah at Women's Aid on 0115 9348487 or email ...more
  • 9th November: Butterbean and Butternut Squash Flan with Braised Cabbage, Root Mash and Creamy Cashew Sauce. Followed by Spicy Apple Cake and Custard!

  • 29th October: Beetroot Tart; Mdardara, Lebanese lentils and rice, with sweet and sour kolrabi and swede salad, ginger steamed kale and sweet roasted carrots; Pudding: Spirit Guide cookies. A fund-raiser to support DSEi Stop the Arms Fair defendants.

  • 5th October: Lasagna and a special surprise pudding in support of Nottingham Anarchist Black Cross, a prisoner support and solidarity group. Followed by Ryan Harvey, whose come to sing his rebellious songs just for us! With support from folk singer James Bar Bowen.

  • 28th September: Vegan Sushi - a Japanese People's Kitchen to raise funds for Sea Shepherd

  • 8th June: Black Bean and Beetroot Chilli with homebaked Cornbread and Salsa, plus a bake sale, raising funds for Calais Migrant Solidarity

  • 1st June: Arabic Mezze: Aubergine stew, Tabouleh, Fattoush, Hummus, Mautabel, Zaatar bread, Pitta & Baklava - all for 3.50!

  • 20th April: Pasta with wild garlic pesto and salad, apple crumble.

  • 23rd March: Spicy bean chilli with rice OR Aubergine and parsley stew with garlic parsnip mash. And salad for all!

  • 9th March: Herby bean&beer casserole (+non-beery option), mustard dumplings, mashed potatoes, syrup sponge pudding & custard. Raising funds to Stop the Badger Cull

  • 16th Feb: Dahl and Rice, Salad & Coconut Cake

  • 9th Feb: Lasagne with garlic bread. Treacle sponge and custard

  • 2nd Feb: Melanzana alla parmigiana (like lasagne but aubergine instead of pasta), Focaccia, Winter salad. Followed by Tiramisu. Raising funds to Take Back Control

  • 26th Jan: Spicy three bean chilli, Rice, Fried plantain, Winter coleslaw. Raising funds for Shakedown

  • 19th Jan: Spicy sweet potato stew with rice and winter salad, followed by a surprise pudding!

  • 12th January: Pasta with tasty, chunky veggie sauce and a mixed salad, plus "chocolate fudge cake topped with something mildly Italian".

  • 5th January: Baked potatoes, Chilli, Garlic Mayo Coleslaw. Followed by pudding a la Mack

  • 22nd Dec: Shepherds pie and vegetables

  • 15th Dec: Garlic mushrooms, Pea-lenta with toasted seeds, Pepperonata, Salad, Mince pies

  • 1st Dec: Maple mustard glazed potatoes, Sweet potato casserole, Green bean or carrot casserole, Hummous and toasted pittas, Coriander and red onion garnish.Also warm spicy mulled cider and a range of lovely cakes.
    - raising money for Calais Migrant Solidarity.

  • 24th Nov: Lentil soup with sweet and sour red cabbage and naan. Read review and recipe at Graceful Kitchens Blogspot

  • 17th Nov: Thai red & green curries, jasmine rice and banana fritters
    - raising funds to stop the badger cull

  • 10th Nov: Russian borsh with vegetable pierogi (soup and dumplings)

  • 3rd Nov: Lentil Daal, Cous cous, 2 salads and dressing. Plus Apple Crumble.
    - Raising funds to host the Stop The G8 Gathering

  • 27th Oct: Yellow Thai Curry, Tempura Rice, Cabbage Salad. Plus Citrus Fruit Salad. Read review at Graceful Kitchens Blogspot

  • 20th Oct: Squash n tomato pasta with toasted seeds, garlic bread, salad and then... toffee apples

  • 13th Oct: Mexican Mayhem with Veg soup, fajitas, chilli, garlic mushrooms, salsa, wedges.
    - Fundraiser for Forest Fields Fire (newsletter from Autonomous Nottingham

  • 22nd Sept: Dhal with vegetable rice and big colourful salads

  • 15th Sept: Baked Potatoes & Chilli
    - Raising funds for Autonomous Nottingham.

  • 8th September: Caribbean bean stew, Chilli sweet potato wedges, Foraged salad, Coleslaw and Banana bread.

  • 30th June: English Enchilades & Rice salad

  • 23rd June: Baked Bean Bake with sage & onion stuffing, mustard mash potatoes, vegetables and onion & red wine gravy. Chocolate fudge cake with hot chocolate sauce.
    - Fundraiser for Nottingham Hunt Sabs.

  • 16th June: Noodles with seaweed, sweet cabbage salad, plump berry afters.
    - DavidO's Dark & Delicious Fundraiser Dinner for Brinsley Animal Rescue.

  • 9th June: Veggies Catering for Punks Picnic at Sumac

  • 2nd June: Moroccan tagine over couscous, Carrot raisin salad and chocolate cake in a strawberry sauce
    - A fundraiser for Nottingham Central Women's Aid

  • 26th May: Lasagne, garlic bread & salad, Fruit crumble

  • 12th May: Mushroom stroganoff, rice, garlic bread & lemon cheesecake

  • 5th May: Carrot & Corriander Soup; Burger, chips &peas with 100% Sumac Garden Salad; Flapjack - fresh from the oven

  • 21st April: Aubergine peanut and coconut curry, chana daal, koftas, coconut rice, glazed carrot, ginger and fennel salad

  • 14th April: Fajitas with salsa and potato wedges.
    - Raising 80 for Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue

  • 7th April: Spicy Bean Stew, Parsnip Scones and Salad, with Apple Crumble for desert

  • 31st March: Bangers and Mash with gravy

  • 24th March: Chilli and Apple Crumble & Custard.
    - A discussion, meal and fundraiser for Occupy Nottingham

  • 10th March: Hearty Irish stew, with greens and home-made soda bread.
    - A fundraiser for the Rossport Solidarity Camp campaigning against Shell exploiting gas from protected coastline in County Mayo.

  • 25th Feb: Starter: Borscht (Beetroot Soup); Main: Zwiebelkuchen (German style sourdough pizza with onion & creamy mushroom topping). Served with mixed salads including foraged leaves - the first wild food of the year!

  • 18th Feb: Summer Dreaming Chilli with Mixed Potato & Veggy Wedges, Rice & Salad. Plus Cinnamon Apple Sultana Crumble & Cream.

  • 11th Feb: Moussaka (from Veggies Scoffer recipe book)

  • 4th Feb: White wine and butter bean stew with garlic bread. Chocolate and banana pancakes.

  • 28th Jan: Baked potatoes with ratatouille and fava, and beetroot/carrot salad.

  • 21st Jan: Lasagne, salad & vegan cheesecake.

  • Hummous Platter; Spicy veggie dishes & salads; figs in syrup & almond sauce, apple & blackberry ginger crumble.
    - 360 raised for Refugee Forum Destitution Fund.

  • Mushroom Soup, Chickpea Curry, Cous Cous & Green salad

  • Aromatic Cuban White Bean & Pumpkin Stew with Grated Salad & Pitta

  • Chana & Aloo Saag*, with , chapati and papadum

  • Vegetable Crumble with Mash & Gravy

  • Lo Han Jai* (Buddha's Delight - a traditional Chinese New Year's Dish)

  • Aromatic Thai Curry, with Wholegrain Rice and Coriander & Carrot Salad

  • Pan fried mediterranean vegetables with organic lentils, in a rich puttanesca sauce.
    Served on a bed of organic wholewheat spaghetti with a warm red onion & baby leaf spinach garnish.

    • Mediterranean Tomato & Pasta
    • LolloRosso, OakLeaf & Spinach Salad
    • Grated Salad & Pitta

    • Italian homestyle pan fried courgettes
    • Roast red pepper sauce
    • Spaghetti
    • Italian garden salad

    • Arabic Chickpea and Veg Stew
    • served with M'Jadra (a thick stew of onions, rice and lentils)
    • and Lavash (a thin, soft flatbread popular in Turkey, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries.)

    • Med Veg BakeMediterranean Veggie Bake or Zimbabwean Peanut Stew*
    • Roast Potatoes and Salad Surprise
    • Richard's Homemade Banana Stodge Cake

    • Malaysian Veg Curry
    • Burmese Salad
    • Rice and Naan Bread

    • Toad in the Hole
    • Potato and Swede Mash
    • Red and Green Cabbage
    • Autumn Pudding

    • Mexican Beans
    • Rice and Cole Slaw
    • Hot Salsa, Guacamole and Tortilla
    • Chocolate Banana Cake

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* Note some of the linked recipes vary from what we actually cook ourselves and are given as a guide to vegan cookery ideas.

sumac centreThe Sumac Centre is an independent community and social centre in Nottingham, part of the UK Social Centre Network and Radical Routes.

Sumac provides resources, meeting spaces and skills for groups and individuals campaigning for human rights, animal rights, the environment, peace and co-operation world-wide. [wikipedia]

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the Centre becomes the Forest Fields Social Club (FFCS a.k.a Sumac Bar) from 7.30. The FFSC is a members club, but membership is easy and guests are welcome. For gigs and fundraising benefits, guests can pay at the door and members are invited to make a donation.

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