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In this week’s newsletter we look at going green in your kitchen and bathroom and more specifically reducing water and energy waste as well as improving air quality. The awesome website of the week highlights Johannesburg city parks. Joburg doesn’t have a mountain or a sea close by so it’s really our beautiful city parks that we can shout about. See what they have on offer and how to find your closest park.
Also, don’t forget the new Festive entertaining cooking classes happening in the month of November. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment…
Wickedfood Cooking School News
Our November individual cooking class programmes are up on the internet – click on the month for the programme – November.
Sunday 14 November at 4pm – Alternative Christmas dinner 1/2 (R380pp). Ideal for a hot weather Christmas, including chicken liver mousse, sun-dried tomato soup, de-boned turkey, roasted medallions of fillet, and Christmas bombe. * Denotes dishes where, due to the length of the preparation, a hands-on demonstration of the preparation will be given, but the finished dish may not be sampled in the class.
Monday 15 November at 6pm – Alfresco Italian dining (R360pp). Classic dishes from the Italian kitchen, ideal for a 6-course summer buffet dinner – stuffed tomatoes, cheese mould, potato gnocchi with a gorgonzola sauce, cold sliced pork and tuna sauce, and zuccotto.
Monday 22 November at 6pm – Informal festive entertaining 1/3 (R380 pp). Easy stylish festive entertaining including seafood salad, orange glazed poussins, roast pork, and mini mixed fruit strudels.
Green ideas for your kitchen?
Going Green in Your Kitchen and Bathroom
Going green in your home is a good way to live a healthier lifestyle, to save energy and water and to lessen your impact on the environment. Furthermore, if you plan on selling your home in the near future, making a few eco-friendly upgrades is a good way to increase the value of your home while also making it more attractive to potential buyers.
It is no secret that the bathroom and the kitchen are two of the most important rooms in a home in terms of adding value. To make these rooms more eco-friendly, here are a few steps you might want to take.
Reducing Water Waste
One way you can make your bathroom and your kitchen more eco-friendly is to take steps to reduce the amount of water that is wasted. Installing aerators on the taps as well as on the shower head is an inexpensive and simple way to keep water waste down. Not only do aerators cut water usage in half, they create more pressure as well.
Installing a low-flow toilet system will also ensure that less water is wasted every time you flush the toilet. With the advancements that have been made with these toilets, you can save water while also resting easy in knowing that you will get the pressure you need to flush the toilet properly.
Reducing Energy Waste
There are several things that you can do to help reduce the amount of energy that is wasted in your bathroom as well as your kitchen. Replacing your tanked water heater with a tankless version, for example, will help reduce the amount of energy necessary to heat the water.
Installing compact fluorescent bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs will also help reduce the amount of energy that is wasted. These bulbs also last longer, which means you will create less waste from bulbs that are thrown away.
Improving Air Quality
Using paint with low volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, will also help improve your air quality because these paints are less toxic than traditional varieties of paint.
Taking steps to improve indoor air quality isn’t just important to the environment, it is important to your health as well.
Awesome website of the week:
Finding a green heaven in Joburg
But with the discovery of gold in 1886, Johannesburg was born. Folk living in the booming mining town soon realised the need to set aside areas where nature could flourish and residents could enjoy outdoor activities. Joubert Park, proclaimed in 1906, was the City’s first park.
Today,City Parks oversees 2 328 parks, all actively serving the communities in which they lie. Parks are essential green lungs for Johannesburg, but they are also priceless environments where residents can relax and revitalise body and soul.
“Watermelon — it’s a good fruit. You eat, you drink, you wash your face.” — Enrico Caruso
The Wickedfood Team
Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studio. 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.