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In this weeks newsletter we look at having organic foods delivered to your doorstep. This idea is a good way to start supporting a healthier way of eating. Small scale organic box schemes are offered across South Africa, below we point out the Gauteng box schemes. We are also attending and participating in the Slow Food Market in Skeerport this weekend, come say hi. We also highlight the use of Bacon in this weeks Food Tip.
Wickedfood Cooking School News
Our individual cooking class programmes are up on the internet. Click the link for the appropriate month – October
Week 3 – 17 to 23 October
Monday 17 October at 6pm – Easy to prepare Italian dishes (R380pp). Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of difference in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world. The main characteristics of Italian cuisine is its extreme simplicity. Dishes and recipes are often the creation of grandmothers rather than of chefs, and this makes many recipes ideally suited for home cooking. This is one of the main reasons behind the ever increasing popularity of this cuisine. Join us in this Italian cooking class for an introduction to Italian cuisine including tomato pizza, bean and pasta soup, cannelloni, grilled fish, bean salad and lemon tart.
Sunday 23 October at 4pm – Outdoor Cooking – beef class (R395pp). A braai is essentially a traditional way of preparing a meal on the open fire. It has evolved to take on many forms since early pioneering days – from a wood fire to the use of charcoal and gas. Today a variety of BBQ shapes and cooking surfaces allows for exciting and innovative methods of meal preparation. It is unquestionably the most enticing, easy and informal way to entertain. Join us in learning the Delicious secrets for cooking beef on kettlebraais and gas barbecues in our Outdoor cooking class. Dishes covered in this class include spicy beef burgers, secret of cooking the ultimate steak, prime rib roast, and Béarnaise sauce.
Week 4 – 24 to 30 October
Tuesday 25 October at 6pm – Indian class (R370pp for the class). Indian food is a diverse and extraordinary one, reflecting a complex layering of cultures through history and based on religious beliefs, geography, climate and availability of ingredients. India’s range of cuisine can amaze even a connoisseur. Different regions in India offer their own specialties with their very own taste, subtlety and aroma. The exotic tastes, hues and textures of Indian food have ensured a steady growth in popularity in the West. Join us in discovering these incredible dishes in our Indian cooking class. Dishes including samoosas, vindaloo, spinach kofta, mushroom pulao and gulab jamons.
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:
ORGANIC BOX SCHEMES
The organic food industry is still in its developing stages in South Africa. When you buy organic food from either an exclusively organic shop or from a retailer that offers an organic option, you are contributing to the increase in demand for organically grown food. Organic farming systems use environmentally-sound methods to control weeds and pests and naturally maintain and replenish the fertility of the soil. Food is grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilisers. This is good for the health of our planet and ultimately our bodies.
Suppliers of organic boxes from their shop with a weekly list of available products emailed to clients for them to choose from.
Deborah Logan • www.organicemporium.co.za
firstname.lastname@example.org • 011 704 0786
011 704 5475 • 083 225 0861
A large variety of organic produce (including fish, vegies and cleaning materials) delivered to your doorstep in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.
Tim, Sue or Crispin Jackson • www.wensleydale.co.za
email@example.com • 012 650 0064
086 511 44 71 • 082 410 3479
They grow and distribute certified organic fruit and vegetables. They also have a vegetable box scheme where they deliver fresh organic produce direct to the public.
Food tip of the week:
Cooked bacon loses about 80% of its raw weight (which is mostly fat and a small amount of water).
This is why raw bacon has about 126 calories per slice, and cooked crisp bacon has only about 35 calories.
1/2 cup crumbled Bacon = 8 crisp cooked slices
Bacon is cured and smoked pork. Mostly pork bellies are used, some countries bacon is made from the rib eye of boneless pork loin, and most European countries use the ham (thigh) or shoulder to make bacon.
An opened package of bacon keeps for about 1 week. Unopened vacuum sealed packages of bacon will keep in the freezer for about a month before the fat begins to oxidise and turn rancid.
Blanch heavily salted bacon in boiling water for a minute before using in recipes to reduce the amount of salt in the bacon.
Interesting places in Joburg:
Wickedfood Earth will be participating at the new Slow Market in Skeerport. This local produce market is all about fresh ingredients and bringing the local farmers closer to the general public. See you there..
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.