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Wickedfood Cooking School, SUNNINGHILL

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In this weeks newsletter we look at the webstore, Food Shed. is the place for South African food producers & local shoppers to meet each other and do business directly, without a middleman. By gathering these producers together under one roof, Food Shed makes sourcing local ingredients a refreshingly easy task. We also take a look at the Soweto Mushroom festival and we highlight Beans in this weeks Food Tip.

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Wickedfood Cooking School News

Our  individual cooking class programmes are up on the internet. Click the link for the appropriate month – Octoberor November

Week 1 – 29 October to 04 November

Monday 29 October at 6pm – Informal festive entertaining (R 430 per person) Entertaining during Christmas time does not have to be laborious and stressful, our informal festive cooking class takes the stress out of Christmas food planning. Dishes include Potato cakes, Seafood salad, Orange glazed baby chickens, Walorf salad, Mushroom and cheese pie and a quick microwave Christmas pudding and brandy cream sauce.

Week 2 – 05 to 11 November

Monday 05 November at 6pm – 30 minute meals (R 430 per person). Trying to juggle work and home commitments can be tough in this day and age, and the statement of ‘who has time to cook these days’ is on the increase. In this ‘30 Minute meals’ cooking class we show participants how to produce quick and easy 30-minute meals that are delicious and well balanced. Dishes include Spinach salad, Braised chicken, Lamb curry, Stuffed calamari, and Fish burgers.

Please contact us should you wish to make a booking:

Green ideas for your Home:

Food Shed is a collection of independent food & drink producers, each with their own shop. Together, these shops form the Food Shed marketplace. Anyone who produces goods in accordance with our Producers Charter can sell on Food Shed. So even if you just have one apple tree in your garden, you can sell your harvest! If it’s for your family or your business, anyone can order items through Food Shed. Just remember to check each seller’s methods of distribution and order sizes to see if it suits your needs.Registering as a shopper is free, fast & easy. You can set up a virtual shop, they offer several affordable pricing plans, based on the number of products you sell. Find out more here.

Food tip of the week


500g Green Beans = 3 cups beans sliced in 1 cm pieces.

When buying snap beans (green or yellow) look for a fresh, bright appearance with good colour. Pick young, tender beans with crisp, firm pods.

AVOID: wilted or flabby bean pods, serious blemishes or decay. Beans with thick, tough fibrous pods were picked past their prime.

AVAILABILITY: Fresh green beans are available all year, with a peak season of May to October. Green beans are also available canned and frozen.

SELECTION: It is best to handpick green beans from a market that sells them loose. To ensure uniform cooking time, select beans of similar size and shape. Choose slender beans (no thicker than a pencil) that are crisp and free of blemishes. The beans should be a bright green colour. Do not purchase beans that are stiff or have the seeds visible through the pod because those beans will be tough.

STORAGE: Keep green beans dry in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for 4 to 5 days.

PREPARATION: Wash beans thoroughly in clear, cool water. Beans can be cooked whole, cut crosswise or diagonally, or French-cut (i.e., cut along the length of the bean). If you want sweet tasting, crisp fresh beans, cut them as little as possible. Cut older, more mature beans in the French style (lengthwise)


Interesting places in Joburg

Soweto Mushroom Festival

When: Saturday, 27 October 2012
Where: Soweto
Categories: Annual Festivals / Food & Wine

The Soweto Mushroom Festival is set to celebrate the best of mushrooms throughout Soweto at the end of October. Shoppers and mushroom lovers can treat themselves to a live mushroom cooking demonstrations which will be held at Soweto’s prestigious Maponya Mall. It includes mushroom tastings, lots of spot prizes and loads of information about fresh cultivated mushrooms! The event starts from 11h00 and ends at 15h00.

The SMF is a South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association initiative and is run in association with Pick ‘n Pay. The chefs will share some magical mushroom facts on cultivated mushrooms and special growing boxes of mushrooms will be on display so that visitors can see how mushrooms are actually grown!

Join them from 11h00 onwards … get the inside track on mushrooms and indulge in the wonderful dishes the chefs whizzed up right before your eyes!

Contact: +27 (0)11 325-6006
Venue: Maponya Mall, Soweto, Gauteng


The Wickedfood Team


Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking school. 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. Great Team building ideas.