Wickedfood Newsletter 5 June 09
Today is World Environment Day, why not take a moment to enjoy nature. And, we believe strongly that responsible, sustainable hunting is environmentally friendly, as it helps to keep nature in the balance in an unnatural environment – game farms and game parks, where animals continue to multiply and therefore numbers have to be controlled to ensure the biodiversity of the preserved area. We have a great article on venison on the blog, together with some mouthwatering recipes.
We are introducing a new concept for hobby cooks to the cooking school – a 1 hour class starting promptly at 6pm, where students learn to cook a healthy homestyle dinner for two, and take the fruits of their labour home to enjoy with their partner. Each student will get to make a main dish, with veg and a starch. – Contact the school for more information.
Class highlights for the next two weeks include:
- Monday 08 June at 6pm –Home-style Middle Eastern cooking class (R350pp). A delicious combination of easy to prepare dishes with a strong Lebanese influence, include baba ghanoush, H’reesy, Bean stew, Lebanese rice, Lebanese bread salad, making pita breads and Rice pudding within an apricot compote.
- Sunday 14 June at 4pm –Easy classic pasta dishes and sauces (R360pp). In this class we make pasta, spaghetti carbonara, spaghetti with tuna sauce, fresh tomato sauce, Bolognaise sauce and the perfect lasagne.
- Tuesday 16 June at 6pm –Flavours of the South African Portuguese Table (R360pp per person per class). 7 tasty dishes including trinchado, chicken livers, caldo verde, chicken peri-peri, portuguese salad and crème caramel.
- Sunday 21 June at 4pm – Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Easy Curries, Lovin Salads & Simple soups (R380pp). We consider Jamie Oliver’s latest book his best. It is a perfect book for any beginner. Each month we take six recipes from the book and re-interpret them, with plenty of tips along the way. Learning the secrets to successful easy cooking, including chicken korma, lamb rogan josh, vegetable bhajis, evolution potato salad, pea and mint soup, vanilla cheesecake with a raspberry topping.
- Monday 22 June at 6pm – Home cooking – Dinner for two (R195pp). Learn to cook a healthy homestyle dinner for two, and take the fruits of your labour home to enjoy with your partner. These are quick classes starting promptly at 6pm and lasting 1 hour. You will get to make a main dish, with veg and a starch.
Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:
June individual class programme….. click here
June individual class programme….. click here
Looking for info on food?
Over the last week we have had some great questions 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. Questions answered during last week (click on the green highlight for the answer):
- How can I prepare chicken feet the Chinese way or any other way?
- My pancakes seem to come out a bit chewy rather than soft and fluffy. Can you make any suggestions?
- Looking for a reasonably “authentic” Biryani recipe. Can you help?
Our food article of the week
Carving Pork Shoulder - Try this simple technique for carving a pork shoulder perfectly.
What’s new on the Wickedfood blog
Apart from our weekly newsletter, we’re also very active posting interesting food-related articles on the Wickedfood website. New articles this week include:
Venison pie - our recipe of the week
There are also a host of other mouthwatering recipes and travel related articles on the blog. Please feel free to comment, or let us know if you cook any of the recipes and how they turn out.
Cookbook of the week
At Wickedfood cooking school we find Fergus Henderson’s approach to cooking whacky, wonderful and deliciously different. He plunges you into his imaginative, energetic kitchen where you keep boiled hams up your sleeves, and squish the tomatoes in your hands, giving your dish a slight blush. Nose to Tail Eating (Pan MacMillan) is a truly British cookbook, in which Henderson tackles the whole beast, with seldom-tried dishes .. Read more ….
Did you know – In the 15th century, Columbus introduced the lemon to the New World and, later, the Portuguese took it to Brazil. Ironically, none of the sailors on those early voyages knew that the Vitamin C content of their cargo would have been a far more effective remedy for the scurvy sufferers among them than the ‘cures’ doled out by dodgy apothecaries.
Food quote of the week: – “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – Proverb
Food tip of the week: – When boiling eggs, add a pinch of salt to keep the shells from cracking.
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.