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Hi all,

In this week’s newsletter we focus on recycling in general and where one can go in South Africa to recycle paper, plastic, cans, glass and oil. In addition we look at how to be more frugal with waste management in your kitchen.

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Wickedfood Cooking School news

Our September individual cooking class programmes are up on the internet – click on the month for the programme – September.

Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes with a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12, this gives everyone hands-on experience  and keeps the class small enough for maximum learning.

Monday 23 August at 6pm Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Easy curries, salads and soups (R370pp). This Jamie Oliver cooking class is inspired by Jamie’s book Ministry of Food, at Wickedfood Cooking School we regard it as his best. It is a perfect book for any beginner. We take six recipes from the book and re-interpret them, with plenty of tips along the way. Learning the secrets to successful  easy cooking, including spicy Moroccan stewed fish with couscous, chicken and leek stroganoff, broccoli and pesto tagliatelle, classic tomato spaghetti, macaroni cauliflower cheese bake and banana tarte tatin, with a wicked twist.

Sunday 29 August at 4pm Classic French cooking (R390pp). French cooking class, an introduction to French cuisine with some classic seafood dishes including quiche Lorraine, bouillabaisse, sole meunière, salad niçoise and flourless chocolate cake.

Monday 30 August at 6pm 30 minute meals (R370pp). In this class we will show participants how to produce quick and easy 30 minute meals that are delicious, and at the same time low in fat and well balanced. Includes Tandoori chicken salad, penne with a tomato salsa and tuna, chilli seafood rice and apple and pear strudel.

Monday 06 September at 6pm Making filled pasta and accompanying sauces (R390pp). Dishes covered in this pasta-making cooking 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.

Sunday 12 September at 4pm Easy Entertaining Indian style (R380pp). Authentic Indian cooking class including bhel puri, lamb korma and potato and cauliflower curry, chicken pulao and cheese balls in syrup.

Please contact us should you wish to make a booking:

Green ideas for your kitchen? Disposing of the Kitchen Trash – 4 Tips to Do it in a Frugal, Clean, and Green Way

Buy a plastic garbage bin
For kitchen and bathroom, your priority number one is cleanliness. The advantage of a plastic garbage bin is that it is much easier to maintain and easier to clean. Instead of buying one large garbage bin, buy two smaller ones, so you can use grocery bags instead of liners, see the next tip. If you pay attention to ensuring that your plastic garbage bin is completely biodegradable, you can be proud that you are taking good care of the planet as well.

Use Your Grocery Bags Instead of Liners
When you are buying a garbage bin, make sure it has hooks where you can attach a grocery bag. Many plastic and stainless steel garbage bins will have these hooks on their rims. Be sure to buy  the size that will best fit a grocery bag. It turns out that, when you follow directions in the next tip, the number of grocery bags you need to bring your food home each week is just about the same as the number of grocery bags you need for the daily storage and disposal of kitchen trash. The bathroom trash bags will usually last longer.

Use Biodegradable Plastic Grocery Bags
The best choice for grocery bags when you bring your groceries home would be to use biodegradable plastic grocery bags. Ask your grocery manager what material the grocery bags are made of and whether it is biodegradable. If the plastic grocery bags in your grocery store are not biodegradable, then go with your own grocery bags.

Create an Easy Routine
A big advantage of using smaller, garbage bins is that as long as you are preparing food at home that day, you will fill up one or more bags in just a single day. It will be easy for you to keep to the routine of disposing  the filled trash bags by the end of the day, either to take them to the chute if you live in an apartment house or take them to the garbage bin if you live in a detached home. By not overfilling the trash bags, you will reduce the risk of breakage and spills which will help keep the garbage bin clean and odour free for a long time to come.

By following these four simple tips, you will keep your kitchen clean and free of garbage odours. You will save your money and you will save yourself from unnecessary deliberations such as – is it time to empty the trash yet? You will also live green and will take a good care of your environment. So now that you know what to do, is it time to get a new garbage bin yet?

Awesome website of the week:

Recycling is an important part of integrated waste management and has the following benefits:

SAVES RAW MATERIALS – Using recyclables rather than raw material to make new products
  • uses less energy, water and other resources during the manufacturing process
  • saves natural resources as recyclables are used as raw materials
REDUCES POLLUTION – Using recyclables rather than raw material to make new products
  • could result in less air and water pollution during the manufacturing process
SAVES LANDFILL SPACE – Using recyclables as raw materials results in less waste going to landfill, and
  • extends the life of landfills so saving scarce landfill space
  • saves the cost of purchasing and maintaining new landfill sites
  • reduces the cost of transporting waste
REDUCES LITTERING – Collecting potential waste for recycling
  • could reduce littering
  • could minimise the negative impact of litter on the environment and tourism
    could reduce the cost of picking up litter

Food Joke: “This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate two eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.” — Gracie Allen

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.