Wickedfood Newsletter 3 July 09
There have recently been some interesting articles about beef in the press. One that is especially caught our eye was about beef feedlots that want to reintroduce omega 3 into their beef, the same way that egg produces do. What completely escaped these producers is the fact that good omega 3 occurs naturally in the yellow fat of grass fed beef – makes you wonder what else food producers get up to when disturbing the natural balance of our food.
If you would like a bit more information on how to practice a more natural way of life, then scroll down to read more about Wickedfood Earth.
Class highlights for the next two weeks include:
- Monday 06 July at 6pm – All you wanted to know about… Indian Curries (R390pp). Part of the master class series. In conjunction with our head instructor, will give an indepth hands on demonstration in preparing a number of great Indian curries. Cooking methods covered will include:
- Sunday 12 July at 4pm – Classic seafood dishes (R395pp). An introduction to fish including seafood cocktail, fish soup, steamed tuna, fried fish and squid with potatoes.
- Monday 13 July at 6pm – Classic French cooking class (R380pp). An introduction to French cuisine with some classic seafood dishes including quiche Lorraine, bouillabaisse, sole meunière, salad niçoise and flourless chocolate cake.
- Sunday 19 July at 4pm – Cookbook-of-the-Month Gordon Ramsey – Cooking with friends (R350pp). In Cooking for Friends, we see a very different side of Gordon Ramsey, more relaxed cooking for family and friends, using seasonal fresh ingredients at their peak and doing as little as possible to them to create a scrumptious meal. The book is full of Gordon’s best-loved versions of classic British dishes. We reinterpret a few of the recipes in the book for a delicious winter dinner party.
Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:
July individual class programme….. click here
July individual class programme….. click here
Over the past year we have slowly been developing a small farm approximately 80km from Fourways where we want to practice the concept of responsible use of sustainable resources. It has taken us a year to install basic services.
We envisage using the property to teach both the local community, as well as our present individual students and corporate clients about sustainability, from alternative building methods to establishing vegetable gardens and cooking seasonally using locally grown ingredients.
Over the next two months we’re going to be establishing a vegetable garden, orchard and an extensive herb garden. We’re looking for volunteers who would like to come out for a day over the weekend to share in our vision and participate in laying out the gardens. Our first open day will be Sunday 19 July – Click here for more information on Wickedfood Earth. Should you wish to participate, please contact Mike direct on 011 705-2616 or email@example.com
Looking for info on food?
If you are looking for an answer to a food topic that has puzzled you, ask our online chef for assistance on any food-related topic, including recipes, and our two resident chefs will strive to get an answer back to you as soon as possable - Click here for more information, hope to here from you. New articles this week include:
Intensive animal rearing contributes to climate change and eating too much meat is bad for both human health and for the wellbeing of the millions of intensively farmed animals. So, should we give up steak to save the planet?…….. Click here for more
After 18 years, this wine festival remains a small, elite showcase for the finest Cape wineries. With only 60 exhibitors, this small, focused festival appeals to tasters looking for old and tested or new and innovative wines, which are not available to the general trade and not easily available in retail outlets. Join an audience of sophisticated tasters and taste these individually handcrafted wines. Tickets cost R100.00 per person. To book, go to juliet cullinan – 22nd & 23rd July 2009 from 17h30 to 21h00 at Wanderer’s Club.
Cookbook of the week
The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a quirky and strong-minded book. This arm-straining volume (weighing in at an impressive and well illustrated 543 pages) is quite the most ambitious volume yet by an author on meat. ….. Read more
Did you know – Eating meat is considered a sign of wealth in many countries, but what is consumed is culturally variable. While many British people would baulk at a horseburger, our European neighbours show less concern. Similarly, man’s best friend is good enough to eat in some parts of Asia. Frogs, lizards and snakes also find their way onto the dinner plate in many countries.
Food quote of the week: – “Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat. - Fran Lebowitz
Food tip of the week: – When storing empty airtight containers, throw in a pinch of salt to keep them from getting stinky.
Braised beef with Guinness and prunes, a great winter recipe from Wickedfood Cooking school
Look forward to hearing from you.
The Wickedfood Team
Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes 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 classes 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 teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.