Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Spring!

Our colorful Chicken Eggs

Pink Onions!


Hello from the bakery up on the hill. Did you know that the Round House Bakery is part of what makes the Round House Café happen?

We have a wonderful bakery and kitchen here at Pompanuck Farm on Chestnut Hill Rd. where bakers and cooks are working almost round the clock making biscuits, scones, cookies and bread…soups, pickles, salads, sauces and side dishes. Every morning, someone, usually Scott, drives the van down to the café with a wide assortment of items that are needed for the day; rubber bands, blueberry muffins, leek and watercress soup, clean table cloths, Italian dressing, clean compost buckets…..

And did you know that each of our full time employees not only works at the café but also works at the bakery? We’re all skilled cooks and each one of us gives our best to the cooking we do for you. I think it’s pretty cool that the counter person can proudly take an order for the chili that she knows is super good because she made it herself the day before up at the bakery.

It can be tiring making endless batches of roasted eggplant for all of those Mediterranean Sandwiches but then aroma of 8 trays of eggplant roasting in olive oil is one of the perks of our jobs and everyone of our employees has this experience.

Right now, everyone’s chickens are laying like mad so we have plenty of local eggs for omelets, crepes and breakfast sandwiches at the café and we’ve brought back egg salad for the Spring. We make ours with our own organic eggs, chopped fresh herbs (dill, parsley and scallions), a little Dijon mustard and enough Hellman’s mayonnaise to moisten the eggs and hold them together but not so much that it will fall out of your sandwich. It’s delicious on a baguette but also between slices of sweet potato bread or any of our other varieties of sandwich bread.

We would love to offer avocado as part of our regular menu. We found that we were wasting a lot of avocados last year because we lacked proper cool storage. Thanks to a fortuitous donation by the Patterson family we now have a refrigerator in the café basement, our new mini walk-in. Joanna Patterson of said Patterson family, is a part of round House Bakery and Café. She has worked mostly at the bakery and Farmer’s Market but you’ll be seeing more of her at the café in weeks to come. Anyway, now we’ll be able to order avocados by the case and be able to control their ripening time. So if you see Joanna at the café or bakery, thank her for the avocados.

As always, we want to make the kind of food our community wants to eat. We love your suggestions in our suggestion box or through email. I know, we still haven’t brought back the homemade tuna burger. There’s a good explanation for this but it would take too long to read. Over the course of this first year in business we’ve continued to make adjustments as we attempt to give you the best quality food we can. Providing quality food at reasonable prices is our greatest challenge and we’re always looking for new ways to connect local food producers to local businesses and consumers. Thanks for participating! We love you!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Music, Dinners, more Music and 7 days a week!

Dear Friends, Tomorrow, Sunday January 12, we are happy to be welcoming a fine bluegrass trio to the cafe for some swinging live original music! Brent Weaver (guitar) Dave Lawler (mandolin) and David Cuite, (bass), will be playing from 11am until 1pm (or 2pm!). Come on in for a breakfast/brunch special of Sweet Potato French Toast,  2 eggs (any style) Yushak's hickory smoked bacon or breakfast sausage, and real maple syrup... or any of our other specials of the day.

This is also a reminder that, on Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), we will begin to open 7 days a week! Our winter hours are 8am- 3pm (open until 6 on Thursdays). Please be on the lookout for announcements of our once a month evening prix fixe dinners. Next one up is on February 6th.

Also, On Thursday, January 16, Deena Chappell will host our second Open Mike night (6:30-8:30pm). Come on down and hear some great local original music with a light menu of great Round House Bakery Cafe originals! We look forward to seeing you!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Special Breakfasts this weekend...


Just a pretty picture of the makings of a quiche!


Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

Corned Beef Hash is one of our favorite breakfasts and we’ve enjoyed many versions of it far and wide. Recently we purchased some beautiful beef brisket from Adirondak Grazers of Argyle, NY, which we pickled in fragrant spiced brine and then cooked to tender perfection. We wanted to try this process without using the “pink pickling salt” aka “nitrates” which give the meat the lovely pink color we’re used to seeing. The result is delicious! The meat is tender and flavored just right and it makes a pretty damn good hash even if it’s less pink.

It fries up real nice and lovingly cradles the eggs. We look forward to your feedback and consider this recipe to be a work in progress. There are many schools of thought in terms of how to prepare the potatoes, what other vegetables and herbs should be added to the mix, etc.

Did you know that the eggs we serve at the Café really are farm fresh? They come from these farms: Taproot Farm, Cambridge, the Lathrop Family, Cambridge, Long Days Farm, Cambridge and Pompanuck Farm, White Creek. (at times, we use other local-ish eggs from Cornell Farms and Thomas Farms when the local chickens are not keeping pace...)


 Quinoa!
Back by popular demand are our gluten-free quinoa cakes and muffins. Quinoa, touted as the “perfect grain” is in very short supply globally. Our supplier had only black and red quinoa available so we tried it. It definitely has a more complex flavor than the white quinoa we’re used to. The flavor difference is similar to the difference in flavors between white rice and wild rice. Gluten-free folks, let us know what you think.

On Sunday, Baked French Toast! 

Back by popular demand is our Baked French Toast made with our rustic bread and our own eggs...served with a side of Yushak's bacon or breakfast sausage and real maple syrup!


                                                                                           

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Today, Christmas Eve, Scott and Lisa will open the Cafe from 9am-noon!

Buche de Noel...

Preparations for a Christmas Quiche...
The Cafe will be open today, Christmas Eve from 9am-noon, for folks to pick up special orders and for those still looking for the perfect gift to give their loved ones. 

We have many beautiful items in "The Vault" and a wide selection of our cookies packed and dressed for the holidays. Art is a gift for a lifetime and we have Gigi Begin's beautiful paintings for sale, some of which are priced at less than 50. Gigi's art is full of color and whimsey and they make a perfect gift that keeps on giving. 
"Early Bird Coffee Co." Gigi Begin 

  (this painting has been sold!)
We will have the "Zola" our espresso machine fired up and there will be coffee and teas, cookies and pastries available.



We will be closed on Wednesday, Christmas Day and Thursday, the day after Christmas. We will reopen on Friday, December 27 with new winter hours of 8am-3pm Tuesday- Sunday. We will continue our late Thursdays - open until 6pm.

On Monday, January 20th we will begin opening 7 days a week with our winter hours and we hope you'll take the opportunity to join us for a meal in these new open days.

We have plenty of beautiful holiday gifts in The Vault at the Cafe and a delightful array of seasonal baked goods Hope we see you today.

Please check in at our blog and our Facebook page for upcoming events and news and always, for what our specials of the week are.

We wish you a very joyous Holiday Season in whatever ways you celebrate. We hope that you will be inspired and healthy in the New Year!

Season's Greetings to you,

Scott and Lisa and the staff 
of Round House Bakery and Round House Bakery Cafe

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Dear Friends, this coming week...


Snow Frosted Bakery at Pompanuck Farm

Dear Friends,

The Cafe will be open tomorrow, Sunday, and we will be at the Cambridge Valley Farmers Market in the Depot building behind Hubbard Hall. We will be closed on Wednesday, Christmas Day and Thursday, the day after Christmas. We will reopen on Friday, December 27 with new winter hours of 8am-3pm Tuesday- Sunday. We will continue our late Thursdays - open until 6pm.

On Monday, January 20th we will begin opening 7 days a week with our winter hours and we hope you'll take the opportunity to join us in these new open days.

We have plenty of beautiful holiday gifts in The Vault at the Cafe and a delightful array of seasonal baked goods and at the last Cambridge Market of the season. Hope we see you one way or another.

Please check in at our blog and our Facebook page for upcoming events and news and always, for what our specials of the week are.

We wish you a very joyous Holiday Season in whatever ways you celebrate. We hope that you will be inspired and healthy in the New Year!

Season's Greetings to you,

Scott and Lisa and the staff 
of Round House Bakery and Round House Bakery Cafe

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Here are a few Round House Bakery and RH Bakery Cafe bits "o' news....






Friends, a few upcoming things to know.... 

Today is Alliya Lovestrand's last day with us at the Cafe. We'll miss her enthusiasm, good cheer, and thoughtful, diligent work. Stop in to send her off with good wishes!

Tonight, we are holding our first Open Mike Night! with Deena Chappell hosting. Performances will run from 6:30-8:30. Sign up starts at 6pm. There will be light fare for purchase and we hope to see you for some great music and excellent company!

We will be closed on Christmas Day and the day after (Dec. 26) but will reopen on Friday, December 27 - but with our new winter hours... 8am-3pm each day and we will continue our late Thursdays, open until 6pm for light fare dinners...

And perhaps the Biggest News: During the week of January 20 we will begin opening the Cafe 7 days a Week! (There will be a Cambridge place to eat on Mondays! Yay!)


Please look for new items on the menu and visit our Coffee Vault! (for small gift items and our great coffee and teas!). We also have a new Suggestion Box sitting by the espresso machine. Please use the cards available for your thoughts on: our menu, our service, our ambiance, and any events you would like to see us create.

Please help spread this news by: sharing on Facebook and suggesting to friends that they "like" our page. Also, if you would like to receive this blog by email, please follow this page.  (We think that at this moment, Scott is the only follower of this blog! Hey, how 'bout it Lisa?!)

Thanks for reading and hope we see you soon....

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Specials for the Week!


Café Menu for Dec. 18 thru Dec. 22, 2013

Pastries:
Muffins – Morning Glory or Pumpkin Pecan
Scones – Blueberry Filled
Lemon-ginger
Maple Oatmeal

Gluten Free Corn Muffins
 
Omelet – Fresh Organic Spinach and Feta 7.95
Available with a side order of herb roasted organic potatoes 2.

Crepe Special -- Mushroom, Ham, Caramelized Onions, Egg, and Swiss 7.95

Lunch

Soups   

Leek & Potato Soup 4.95.

Veggie Chili 4.95

Side – Roasted Beets

Mac n Cheese! – Homemade cheesy goodness.