To all the lovely ladies out there, happy Valentine’s day. Did you know that over 1 billion Valentine’s cards are sent each year. Every year Wickedfood Cooking School runs a special Valentines day cooking class. This year because Valentine‘s day falls on a Sunday, we’re running two classes, one on Saturday night and the other on Sunday late afternoon. We still have space for one couple on Saturday night and four couples on Sunday, so book soon. Hope to see you at one of our cooking classes.
As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, we are introducing a new Greek cooking class. Book and pay for the class during the course of February, you will receive a 10% discount on the class’ published price (subject to our standard terms and conditions).
Wickedfood Cooking School runs classes with a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12 as this gives everyone hands-on experience and keeps the class small enough for maximum learning.
- Saturday 13 February at 6pm or Sunday 14 February at 4pm – Romantic Valentine’s dinner, easy summer entertaining (R720 per couple). Join the staff at the Cooking School with the love of your life for a Valentine’s dinner with a difference. Not only will you get to enjoy a delicious 4-course dinner, but you will learn the secrets of how to cook it. Included in the price is a welcome glass of sparkling wine, house wine while preparing the food, and some specialist wines, complementing the food, with the meal. Space is limited to 30 students per class, so book early.
- Monday 15 February at 6pm – 30 minute meals (R380pp) How to prepare 6 nutritious quick and easy meals for two. Dishes include Thai vegetable curry, Chicken breast with feta and pasta, chilli steak wraps, penne with a rich tomato vodka cream sauce, fried fish with oven chips and homemade burgers.
- Monday 22 February at 6pm – All you wanted to know about… beef (R390pp). Part of the master class series. In conjunction with our head instructor, one of Johannesburg’s leading butchers Caroline McCann from Braeside Butchery will give an in-depth hands-on demonstration in choosing and preparing beef for a variety of dishes. Students will learn the secrets of cooking a number of classic mouthwatering beef dishes.
- Sunday 28 February at 4pm – North African feast (R370pp). How to prepare a delicious North African feast including a selection of salads, Moroccan frittata, chicken tagine, 7-vegetable couscous and roasted fig parcels.
Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:
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Cookbook of the week
Franchhoek is justly regarded as South Africa’s food capital, and has more good restaurants than any other town in South Africa. Franchhoek Food by Myrna Robins features 18 of the Valley’s best chefs. … Click Here for more.
Click Here to see Wickedfood Cooking School’s top 10 food-related books for 2009.
Did you know:
Macaroons (not to be confused with the dense coconut biscuit) date back to the 17th century. Though widely credited as being a French invention, it is thought that the original macaroon came via Italy. The word, it is said, is taken from ‘maccarone’ (from ‘macarre’, to pound or crush) – which coincidentally is the same word from which ‘macaroni’ is derived.
Food quote of the week:
“Raspberries are best not washed. After all, one must have faith in something.” – Ann Batchelder
Food tip of the week:
If you’re green fingered you may be feeling overwhelmed with all your homegrown fruit and vegetables. So if you want to enjoy what you’ve grown for longer, try some ideas for storing, preserving and cooking the seasonal produce of the summer and autumn …. Click Here to find out more.
Fruit crumbles are extremely popular at Wickedfood cooking school, especially in a group cooking classes, and this recipe is a perennial favourite at La Petite Ferme restaurant in Franschhoek, that the staff dare not remove from the menu.
The Wickedfood Team
Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studio. 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 – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.
Our classes 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.