Wickedfood Newsletter 7 August 09

SUNNINGHILL>> information & bookings (011) 234-3252 sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

BOKSBURG>> information & bookings (011) 823-5365 boksburg@wickedfood.co.za

Hi all,

This past week saw us having some aweful weather but let’s hope that that’s on its way out and our warm South African weather is on its way in. This weekend, as I’m sure you all know, is a long one with Sunday being “Women’s Day” on behalf of all the staff at Wickedfood we would like to wish all women a happy day and hope that the men in your lives spoil you and don’t allow you to lift a finger to do any chores. There is also rugby on Saturday with the springboks taking on Australia. Kick-off is at 17h00 and let’s hope they do us as proud as they have done in the last 2 matches.


Wickedfood Cooking School news

Our August individual cooking class programme is up on the Internet – click the relevant school for the August programme Sunninghill / Boksburg.

Class highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Monday 10 August at 6pm30 minute meals course 1/2 (R380pp). Dishes include spinach salad, braised chicken, lamb curry, stuffed calamari, and fish burgers.
  • Sunday 16 August at 4pm All you wanted to know about… Outdoor Cooking (R390pp). Part of the master class series. Our head instructor will give an in-depth hands-on demonstration on what can be achieved on a Kettlebraai and gas BBQ. Students will learn the secrets of cooking fish on an open flame, chicken on a rotisserie, leg of lamb in a closed Kettlebraai, perfect roast veg on a braai and crème caramels on a gas BBQ.
  • Monday 17 August at 6pm – Spicy Thai (R370pp). In this 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.
  • Sunday 23 August at 4pm – Easy to prepare Spanish dishes (R380pp). Classic easy-to-prepare Spanish dishes including chicken livers, stuffed tomatoes, white gazpacho, fish stew, virgin paella, and chocolate pudding.

Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:

Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill

August individual class programme….. click here

Wickedfood Cooking School, Boksburg

August individual class programme….. click here

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. Our two resident chefs will strive to get an answer back to you as soon as possible –  Click here for more information, hope to hear from you.

Cookbook of the weekAppetite –  With his unique blend of simplicity, wit and relish Nigel Slater shows us how to break the rules, experiment with recipes and satisfy our appetites. There are brilliant templates for a large range of classic dishes and hundreds of ideas for how you might adapt each dish to produce something quite different. A celebration of uncomplicated cooking, good ingredients and the joys of eating, this is Slater’s most exciting book yet”. Click here to read more.

Our food article of the weekIs organic produce no better for you than conventionally grown foods? That’s what a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests. Researchers looked at 50 years of data from a variety of sources to come to this conclusion, saying that they found no significant differences in most nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Personally, this won’t stop me from cooking with mainly organic produce. For one thing, more and better studies are needed. Not to mention that I’d rather not eat food that’s grown in depleted, chemically-enhanced soil and drenched in pesticides. The health of the planet seems like something worth considering, too.-Victoria von Biel-Saveur

Our favourite ingredient – Cocoa butter – is the natural fat extracted from the cacao bean. Also known as oil of theobroma, cocoa butter is slightly yellowish in colour, and while it is extracted from chocolate, it has a bland taste and only a faint chocolate smell. It is edible and is used in making white chocolate and certain confections, but has many uses beyond the kitchen.The most desirable quality of cocoa butter is its stability as a fat containing natural antioxidants that also preserve it well. Click here to read more

Food quote of the week: – Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie. ~Jim Davis

Food tip of the week: – Tamarind pulp –  has more sugar and fruit acid per volume than any other fruit. It is also an ingredient in Worcestershire sauce

Recipe of the weekCrème caramels

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 events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.