Propagating Rosemary from cuttings April 27 2017
I'm very proud this evening to be attending a party thrown by my dear friends Gabriella and Molly to celebrate the 1st birthday of their vegan food start-up - Planted.
Planted was launched in 2016 when, after both adopting a vegan diet around the same time, Gabriella and Molly struggled to find vegan versions of their favourite dishes. The desire to recreate popular foods with non-animal ingredients soon evolved into a business idea and Planted was born.
As well as supplying baked goods to cafes in and around Brighton, Molly and Gabriella also run a pop-up every month, where a different location plays host to an elaborate 5-course meal made only of plant-based ingredients.
Describing themselves as ‘two home cooks with a shared love of all things food’, the Planted ethos is all about naturally healthy, seasonal, plant based ingredients.Their cooking has gained a huge fanbase already, and last year (in their first year of business!) they were even shortlisted in the YBF Foodie awards. This involved them cooking their whole Puglian pop-up dinner for a host of celebrity chefs at Claridge's in London!
To celebrate their first birthday, Molly and Gabriella are putting on an evening of vegan cocktails and canapés, with all proceeds from ticket sales going to charity. Both members of team Planted lost their mothers at a young age to cancer and diabetes respectively and their 1st birthday event will recognise this. Funds raised will be split between Diabetes UK and The Forever Friends appeal – a charity set up by Molly’s family in memory of her mother.
Rosemary plays a big part in the branding of Planted - a herb used to represent remembrance, Molly and Gabriella use it to garnish and flavour their creations (such as the amazing chocolate cakes below which taste as good as they look), to decorate their communal table at pop-up events as well as forming a part of their beautiful logo.
So when they asked What You Sow to contribute a gift to the party goody bags, rosemary was the natural choice. Party guests this evening will receive a sprig of rosemary picked fresh from What You Sow HQ along with a selection of other plant-based goodies.
If you are the lucky recipient of one of these goody bags - here's a reminder of how to grow your rosemary... Do tag us on instagram with #whatyousowing to let us know how you get on.
As soon as possible, pop your sprig into a very small pot of gritty compost, water it and place the plastic bag over the top to create a mini greenhouse environment.
Keep in a sheltered, shaded area, not too hot or cold. Water your plant every now and then to keep the soil moist and after a few weeks the roots will start to develop. Pot them on to a larger pot each time the roots fill the pot and they should be ready to plant out next Spring!