Another year gone. I’m sure many of you are going away for the festive season. Hope you have a relaxing break with family and loved ones. And for the budding cooks out there, the Wickedfood Blog has over 200 great tried and tested recipes on it, so use the break to relax in the kitchen.
Wickedfood Cooking School closes for the Christmas break on Friday 14th. Our offices reopen on Tuesday 8 January 2013, and our first scheduled class is on Sunday 13 January. The January programme is up on our website, see the outline below. We have some exciting culinary adventures on offer, hopefully a class for everybody, whether you want to learn the basics of cooking, how to make pastas and sauces, flavours of the Italian table, or some spicy Thai.
If you are looking for something special and different for Christmas, then see a recipe of the week below.
Wickedfood Cooking School has a lot planned for 2013, including:
- Opening our country cooking school, Wickedfood Earth, in April. Here we are planning both full day and weekend classes, that will cover a range of topics from basic classes teaching confidence in the kitchen, to seasonal cooking and gardening, and specialists’ skills;
- Develop a selection of new classes; and
- Give the Wickedfood Cooking School Sunninghill a complete facelift.
Hope to see you at one of our classes in the new year.
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If you have any food-related questions, or a dish that you just can’t get right or even a certain recipe that you are looking for, but just can’t seem to find, then contact us and we will do our best to answer it as soon as possible. Click Herefor more information. Hope to hear from you soon.
Wickedfood Cooking School news
The Cooking class programme for January is up on the internet, and bookings are now open for January. Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes with a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12 giving everyone hands-on experience and keeping the cooking class small enough for maximum learning. These cooking classes are conducted by our senior instructors who have extensive experience in the food industry and share a variety of additional cooking tips throughout the cooking class.
- Sunday 13 January at 4pm – The Naked Chef (R430pp).Stop making reservations, and start cooking dinner! Jamie Oliver introduces us to his concept of naked food, and shares his simple, feisty, and delicious recipes that combine bold flavours with fresh ingredients. Oliver’s cookbooks appeal to anyone who wants to prepare fantastic meals but doesn’t want to spend all night cooking. This Jamie Oliver cooking class proves that even kitchen novices can make perfect foolproof roast chicken with roast potatoes, fresh tomato and sweet chilli soup, homemade pasta with mushrooms, roast butternut and fruit crumble.
- Monday 14 January at 6pm – 30 Minute Meals (R430pp). Trying to juggle work and home commitments can be tough in this day and age, and the statement of ‘who has time to cook these days’ is on the increase. In this ‘30 Minute Meals’ cooking class we show participants how to produce quick and easy 30-minute meals that are delicious and well balanced. Dishes include, Thai vegetable curry, chicken breast with feta and pasta, chilli steak wraps, penne with a rich tomato vodka cream sauce, fried fish with oven chips and homemade burgers.
- Sunday 20 January at 4pm – Classic Italian dishes (R430pp). Note that there is no such thing as ‘Italian cuisine’ with a unique nation-wide tradition of preparing food. Our Italian cooking class showcases the classic Italian dishes that every Italian food lover must have in their cook book. 6 hearty dishes include chicken liver crostinis, zucchini frittata, pasta with a clam sauce, Osso Buca, polenta and pannacotta.
- Monday 21 January at 6pm – Southeast Asian – Thai Class (R430pp). 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 this Southeast Asian, Thai cooking class. Dishes include fried spare-ribs, Tom Yum soup, yellow curry chicken, spicy glass noodle salad, Phat Thai and a black rice with coconut pudding.
- Sunday 27 January at 4pm – North African Morocco tagines (R430pp). The exotic flavours of North Africa reach their full expression in the cooking of Morocco. In this Moroccan cooking class we learn how to prepare a delicious North African feast including harira; lamb, chicken and pumpkin tagines; couscous; and coiled almond pastry.
- Monday 28 January at 6pm – Making filled pasta and accompanying sauces (R430pp). Making pasta is really easy, and fresh pasta tastes better too. Learn the secrets of making pasta from scratch in this pasta cooking class. We also include fillings and sauces for these unique pasta shapes. Dishes covered in the class include cheese and ham ravioli with a tomato sauce, meat filled Agnolotti, spinach and ricotta tortellini, cappelletti filled with sweet potatoes and ravioli with apple and pecan nut stuffing.
Cookbooks of the year
Every year we publish a list of our favourite cook and food related books that we reviewed over the last year or two. Click here for this year’s selection.
Click Here for reviews of all our cookbooks.
Food quote of the week
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”
Recipe of the week
Instead of traditional turkey, why not try succulent roast goose this Christmas. Roast goose has been the centerpiece of European and Chinese festival tables for centuries, and these days is more readily available (Wickedfood Earth has a limited number of dressed geese for sale – give us a call if you would like to buy one 072 548-8814). …. Click Here for all our recipes.
Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. Cookery 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 – teambuilding cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference. Our cooking lessons 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.