Hi all,

In India they eat curry to cool down, but at Wickedfood Cooking School, we also believe that curries are a fantastic winter comfort food.  This week we review India Cookbook, subtitled “the only book on Indian food you’ll ever need.” A bold claim indeed, but once paging through the 1,000 recipes in this mammoth book we certainly feel it will give plenty of inspiration to anyone interested in Indian food.

And for our recipe of the week, keeping in the scene, we have a delicious curry recipe, taken from this book.  We are also running an Indian cooking class next Monday, see below.

Our August individual class programme is now live on the website.  We offer a wide selection of cooking classes for the next few weeks, see our programme for July and August.

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Wickedfood Cooking School news

The Cooking class programmes for July and August are up on the internet, and bookings are now open. 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.

  • Monday 08 July at 6pm – Indian class (R430pp). 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 Authentic Indian dishes including lamb kofta, fish in a yoghurt sauce, vegetarian biryani, parrathas and carrot halva.
  • Sunday 14 July at 4pm  –Making flavoured pasta, shapes and 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 and flavours. Dishes include pepper fettuccini with an Alfredo sauce, chilli tagliatelle with a seafood cream, beef filled spinach ravioli and fried sweet pasta with grappa.
  • Monday 15 July at 6pm – Hearty winter Entertaining (R430pp). Easy buffet dishes to prepare in advance for entertaining. Learn how to  cook these hearty winter dishes easily in this cooking class. No-fuss dinner party for six including mushroom soup, Caesar’s salad, braised chicken, mini vegetable filo pies, and chocolate pudding.
  • Monday 22 July at 6pm – The tastes of Europe – German comfort food (R430pp). Cosy gatherings with food and drink are the essence of German Gemuetlichkeit (comfort and cosiness). German cuisine has often been labelled as stodgy and fatty, but Germany has benefited from a close association with Italy and France and adopted many of their spices and cooking methods but with a German twist. Join us in cooking the hearty tastes of central Europe including blinis, green pea soup, Vienna schnitzel, creamed spinach, potato salad and apple strudel.

  • Sunday 28 July at 4pm  –Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Easy curries, salads and soups (R430pp). We consider Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of food book his best. It is a perfect book for any beginner. We have taken six recipes from the book and re-interpreted them, with plenty of tips along the way. In this Jamie Oliver cooking class, learning the secrets to successful easy cooking, including a pea and mint soup, vegetable bhajis, chicken korma, lamb Rogan Josh, potato salad and a great vanilla cheescake

Cookbook of the week

 India Cookbook

The first comprehensive guide  to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India’s rich and colourful culinary heritage.  Written by Indian culinary academic and cookbook author, Pushpesh Pant, who lives and works in Delhi, the recipes are a true reflection of how traditional dishes are really cooked all over India. … Click here to read more.

Click Here for reviews of all our cookbooks.

Food quote of the week

“Stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  Coincidence?  I think not!”  ~Author Unknown

Recipe of the week

 Chicken Masala

From our cookbook of the week, India cookbook, this delicious dry chicken curry, originates  from Punjab. Quick and easy to prepare. … 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. We’ve just launched a new and exciting class, Wickedfood Master Cook. Think Master Chef with a fun twist.