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Wickedfood Cooking School, SUNNINGHILL

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Hi all,

In this week’s newsletter we look at 10 easy tips for going green in the kitchen which saves time, money and resources in food preparation and storage. Our awesome Website of the Week highlights the website Green Map. This interactive mapmaking tool quickly allows us to share green sites such as: biodiversity hot spots, green spaces, sustainable living projects, alternative energy sites, recycling projects and drop-offs, local green events, markets, eateries, responsible tourism, green accommodation, eco products and services, green attractions, alternative energy sites and more.

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…

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Wickedfood Cooking School news

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

Sunday 31 October at 4pmIndian class 1/4 (R370pp). More advanced Indian dishes including samoosas, vindaloo, spinach kofta, mushroom pulao and gulab jamons.

Monday 01 November at 6pm Formal traditional Christmas dinner 1/1 – (R380pp). Formal traditional Christmas dinner including Christmas tapas, prawn cocktail, rolled stuffed turkey breast, gammon and steamed Christmas pudding with a classic brandy cream sauce. The gammon dish, 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 08 November at 6pm Classic Indian dishes (R370pp). Authentic Indian dishes including chicken mulligatawny, classic lamb buriyani, soya korma, spicy chick peas, naans and coconut pastries.

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. * De-Boned turkey and the Christmas bombe dishes, 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.

Please contact us should you wish to make a booking:

Green ideas for your kitchen?

10 Easy Tips for Going Green in the Kitchen.

Save time, money and resources in food preparation and storage

The fact is, that our food choices have an enormous impact on the environment, from food miles to high meat consumption to pesticides, fertilisers and energy use. You probably have heard that organics and eating local can make a big difference, but it may seem overwhelming.

1. Ditch the Bottles
Bottled water is pricey and uses a lot of fuel to transport, as well as to make and store all those bottles. Use what comes out of your tap instead. Get a good filter to boost its purity.
2. Buy Local
Reduce all that shipping by rediscovering the fresh bounty of your surrounding area. Find farmers’ markets, co-ops and CSAs (community-supported agriculture projects).
3. Dispose of Disposables
Instead of relying on single-use containers, get real dishes, and wash them! The resources saved will really add up.
4. Banish Excess Packaging
Buy things in larger sizes if you know you’ll use them. Try to select items that have less plastic and extra filler stuffed with them.
5. Bring Your Own Bags
It’s so simple, and plastic bags take resources to produce and distribute, and end up as litter.
6. Get a Green Thumb
Growing plants not only helps soak up excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but it can help clean toxins from the air and provide habitat (and food, though you may not want to hear that) for wildlife. And it reconnects you with nature!
7. Eat Less Meat
Modern meat is energy- and resource-intensive, and factory farms are huge polluters. Eating lower on the food chain reduces those problems.
8. Use Your Appliances Wisely
Get an energy audit (doing one yourself is easy), unplug unused devices and pick energy efficient appliances  when it’s time to replace.
9. Cook!
Plan meals ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling to pick up something convenient, which is likely to be less healthy and wrapped in more packaging.
10. Become Educated
Learn to save money and time by reducing waste and unneeded consumption, whether that’s water, energy, paper, food, travel and more.

Awesome website of the week:

Green Map: Think Global, Map Local!

Green Map System has engaged over 700 communities in 55 countries in mapping green living, nature and culture with adaptable tools and award-winning icons.

Since 1995 , Green Maps have charted a sustainable future! Green leaders, educators, supporters, media and YOU – get involved and expand this perspective-changing movement.

Cape Town Green Map has joined the Green Map movement – a community of over four thousand local green living sites around the world. Capetonians happen, arguably, to live in one of the most spectacular settings on the planet. The Mother City’s unique environment is its greatest and most fragile asset. It lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, the smallest and most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms and Cape Town is blessed with a wealth of biodiversity hot spots of international importance, green spaces and natural resources – it is one of few cities in the world with a national park within the city’s limits.

Johannesburg is very far behind Cape Town in this initiative but there is an Egoli map where they are currently looking for information on the area to build it up to match Cape Town’s. So let’s all get involved and help out where possible…

Food Joke:

“Health food makes me sick.” — Calvin Trillin

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.