The Alternate Newsletter – 26 October 2011
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In this weeks newsletter we look at 3 different food events happening in Joburg right now. The Soweto Mushroom Festival, the Oktober Bierfest in Montecasino and the ever popular RMB WineX Wine Festival where you Drink wine and be fabulous. We also look into ways of creating a greener kitchen. A green kitchen will have a positive impact on both your family and the environment. Something to keep in mind: this is not an all-or-nothing proposition. If you can even integrate one or two of these ideas into a remodel or kitchen upgrade, you're having a positive impact. We also highlight 'Bacteria in the home' in this weeks Food Tip.
Wickedfood Cooking School News
Week 1 – 31 October to 06 November
Tuesday 01 November at 6pm – Informal festive entertaining (R390pp). Entertaining during Christmas time does not have to be laborious, our informal festive cooking class takes the stress out of Christmas. Dishes include seafood salad, orange glazed poussins, roast pork, and mini mixed fruit strudels.
Sunday 06 November at 4pm – Spicy Thai (R380pp). Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai cuisine is also known for being quite spicy as well as balancing the four fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, and (optional) bitter. Learn how to balance these tastes in our Thai cooking class. Dishes include Minced pork northern style, Spicy chicken soup, Deep-fried fish in a garlic sauce, Sweet and sour vegetables, Stir-fried noodles and Sweet rice pudding
Week 2 – 07 to 13 November
Monday 07 November at 6pm – Classic French cooking (R370pp). This French cookery Class is a perfect introduction to French cuisine, which includes cheese soufflé, potato and leek soup, coq au vin, potato gratin, and tarte tatin.
Green ideas for your Home:
The Green Home: Kitchen Ideas
Benefits of a Green Kitchen
A green kitchen will have a positive impact on both your family and the environment. The materials that go into a green kitchen are more ecoloically friendly than traditional materials. Special attention is paid to creating less waste in a green kitchen renovation. Green design typically integrates other Earth-friendly features, such as spaces for recycling, collecting compost, and maybe even growing a few fresh herbs. Finally, a green renovation pays special attention to the health of your family. Issues like indoor air quality, reduction of allergens and other chemicals, and increasing your exposure to natural dayliight are all part of the plan. It's about a healthier Earth, and a healthier you.
Please keep in mind: this is not an all-or-nothing proposition. If you can even integrate one or two of these ideas into a remodel or kitchen upgrade, you're having a positive impact.
Features of a Green Kitchen
Here are some of the aspects of a green kitchen:
1. Real wood cabinets, or cabinets made from natural materials such as wheatboard or strawboard.
Cabinets made with materials such as particle board or plywood are made using binders and adhesives that offgas harmful chemicals in your home. These chemicals, including formaldehyde, have been shown by the EPA to cause and worsen conditions such as asthma and allergies. In addition, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Real wood doesn't offgas, and, if it's finished with natural waxes or no VOC paints or stains, you won't have to worry about chemicals from the finish either. Ideally, the wood for your kitchen cabinets should be from an eco-friendly source—either certified as having been sustainably grown and harvested, or reclaimed from other sources.
2. Natural flooring.
Look for natural materials such as bamboo, cork, natural linoleum, or reclaimed or sustainable wood, and finish them with natural oils or sealers. Again, traditional materials such as vinyl offgas in our homes, negatively affecting our health and indoor air quality. Other materials, such as granite and marble, are fine for air quality but are not sustainable options.
3. Natural countertops.
Many of the same issues found in flooring are issues with countertops as well.
4. Energy Efficient Appliances and Lighting
Try to buy the most efficient appliances you can afford. If you can only choose one item to splurge on, purchase an energy efficient refrigerator. Look for the Energy Star label. You can also visit the Energy Star website to compare several different brands and models of refrigerators. According to Energy Star, refriger
ation accounts for up to 10% of our total home energy use. If we can make this area more efficient, it will go a long way toward reducing our environmental impact. Of course, be sure to use compact fluorescent or LED lights throughout your kitchen as well.
5. Pay attention to your windows.
A large part of the green home movement is about improving our health through improving our homes. One way to do that is to make wise window choices. Make sure that your kitchen windows are operable, so that you can get fresh air into your home. Also make sure that your windows let in plenty of natural sunlight. Sunlight not only reduces our need for electric lights during the day, but it has been shown to have a positive impact on our health as well, reducing afflictions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
6. Reduce waste.
From the start of your renovation through to the day-to-day use of your green kitchen, try to reduce waste as much as possible. During renovation, look for places to donate or recycle your old appliances, cabinets, and building materials. The less we send to the landfills, the better. Along the same line of thinking, green kitchens focus on making recycling and composting easy. A dedicated area for recycling, as well as being sure you have an area for collecting compostable kitchen scraps, are both great ideas for a green kitchen. It can be as complex or simple as you'd like. Simple solutions include an area set aside for a recycling bin system and a crock or pail stored on your countertop for collecting kitchen scraps.
Food tip of the week:
BACTERIA IN THE HOME
The most dangerous sources of virulent bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and others, is the typical kitchen sponge and 'dish cloths' in American homes. They provide a source of moisture, a ready food supply in the form of food particles, and an easy surface to which the bacteria may cling. They can easily be disinfected however, by placing in a microwave oven for 60 seconds. The odor is improved too!
Interesting places in Joburg:
Soweto Mushroom Festival
When: Friday, 28 October 2011 to Sunday, 30 October 2011
Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine
The Soweto Mushroom Festival,is set to celebrate the best of mushrooms throughout Soweto during the last weekend of October, from October 28-30. Shoppers and mushroom lovers can treat themselve to a live mushroom cooking demonstrations which will be held at Soweto’s prestigious Maponya Mall on Saturday, October 29, It includes mushroom tastings, lots of spot prizes and loads of information about fresh cultivated mushrooms! The event start from 11h00am and ends at 16h00pm.
The SMF is a South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association initiative and is run in association with the Soweto Tourism Association. Besides the participating restaurants, pubs and bed and breakfasts, live mushroom cooking demonstrations will be held at Soweto’s prestigious Maponya Mall on Saturday, October the 29th when shoppers, mushroom lovers and mushroom novices will be treated to live mushroom cooking demonstrations, mushroom tastings, lots of spot prizes and loads of information about fresh cultivated mushrooms! You will even be able to see how mushrooms actually grow!
Join us for all the fun from 11am onwards … get the inside track on mushrooms and indulge in the wonderful dishes the chefs whizzed up right before your eyes!
Contact: +27 (0)11 325-6006
Venue: Maponya Mall, Soweto, Gauteng
Oktober Bierfest Sandton
When: Thursday, 27 October 2011 to Saturday, 29 October 2011
Categories: Annual Festivals / Entertainment
Oktober Bierfest launches in South Africa!
More than 200 years old and attracting more than five million people from around the globe to Germany each year the annual Oktoberfest in Munich has been a defining part of Bavarian culture and has grown to become the world’s largest festival. “Oktober Bierfest is a recreation of traditional Bavarian beer festivals,” says Andrew Douglas, Director of The Entertainment Group (TEG), producers of the event. “Halls will be draped in traditional style and guests can enjoy an array of Bavarian cuisine supplied by the finest local purveyors of German food, be served by Fraulein while listening to an entertainment lineup.”
Closely resembling the Oktoberfest in Munich, The Oktober Bierfest in Sandton, Johannesburg promises to be an authentic Bavarian festival complete with limited edition beers brewed exclusively for the event, German food and even Oompah bands!
Venue: Montecasino, Fourways, Sandton, Gauteng
For More Information: phone +27 (0)21 448-5722
RMB WineX Wine Festival
When: Wednesday, 26 October 2011 to Friday, 28 October 2011
Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine
Don't miss this year’s WineX. Come and meet local and international winemakers, taste their current releases and learn about the latest trends in winemaking, glassware, coolers (home storage) and wine racks.
Sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank, WineX is the premier public event on South Africa's national wine calendar and draws thousands of wine enthusiasts every year.
Don't miss this year’s WineX. Come and meet local and international winemakers, taste their current releases and learn about the latest trends in winemaking. Sponsored by Rand Merchant Bank, WineX is the premier public event on South Africa's national wine calendar and draws thousands of wine enthusiasts every year.
Bookings: Bookings via Computicket
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre
Times: 5pm to 9pm daily
The Wickedfood Team
Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking school. Cooking lessons are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.
Our cooking courses are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and team building cooking classes, these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients. Great Team building ideas.