9780624047292 To my mind, one of the best books to come out of South Africa, is A farm In My Heart by Emilia le Roux and Francois Smuts. It is written in a story form, and an account of daily life  on the farm with a wide selection of classic farm recipes, home remedies and preserving.

Emilia le Roux is one of the seven children who grew up on the farm Doornkraal. She and her husband, Francois Smuts, wrote this book for everyone who yearns for the land, and who wants to bake and cook utilizing recipes from a real farm kitchen.

This is not simply a cookbook, it’s also a down-to-earth, do-it-yourself guide to preparing your soil, making compost, planting, nurturing and harvesting. It will inspire you to reacquaint yourself with your own piece of land, and to live a simple and soul-filled life.

For a few recipes from the book, you see:

Deboned neck of lamb with garlic and herbs

Moroccan chicken


Focaccia or ciabatta

Créme caramel

Few more, click here

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252 sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

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.