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With the icy weather over the past few days, what better way to spend a meal, then with the steaming plate of delicious oxtail stew, our recipe of the week.

As mentioned in the last newsletter, we are starting a new concept at Wickedfood cooking school – a 1 hour class starting promptly at 6pm, where students learn to cook a healthy homestyle dinner for two, and take the fruits of their labour home to enjoy with their partner. Each student will get to make a main dish, with veg and a starch. In the first class, we’ll be looking cooking delicious chicken breasts in a tikka yoghurt sauce, with couscous – Contact the school for more information.

Wickedfood Cooking School news

Our July individual cooking class programme is up on the Internet – click the relevant school for the July programme Sunninghill

Class highlights for the next two weeks include:

  • Tuesday 16 June at 6pmFlavours of the South African Portuguese Table (R360pp per person per class). 7 tasty dishes including trinchado, chicken livers, caldo verde, chicken peri-peri, portuguese salad and crème caramel.
  • Sunday 21 June at 4pm – Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Easy Curries, Lovin Salads & Simple soups (R380pp). We consider Jamie Oliver’s latest book his best. It is a perfect book for any beginner. Each month 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 chicken korma, lamb rogan josh, vegetable bhajis, evolution potato salad, pea and mint soup, vanilla cheesecake with a raspberry topping.
  • Monday 22 June at 6pmHome cooking – Dinner for two (R195pp). Learn to cook a healthy homestyle dinner for two, and take the fruits of your labour home to enjoy with your partner. These are quick classes starting promptly at 6pm and lasting 1 hour. You will get to make a main dish, with veg and a starch.
  • Sunday 28 June at 4pmAll you wanted to know about… Chocolate (R390pp). Part of the master class series. Our head instructor will give an indepth hands on demonstration on working with Chocolate, including cakes, glazes, Chocolate truffles, biscuits and chocolate mousse.

Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:

Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill

June individual class programme….. click here

Looking for info on food?
Over the last week we have had some great questions on food.  If you are looking for an answer to a food topic that has puzzled you, ask our online chef for assistance on any food-related topic, including recipes, and our two resident chefs will strive to get an answer back to you as soon as possable – Click here for more information, hope to here from you. Questions answered during last week (click on the green highlight for the answer):

Our food article of the week
Fish for thought – The messages surrounding our consumption of fish is more than a little murky. We’re told to eat more of it for our health, but are warned that some species may become extinct because of our eating habits. Confused? For more information Click here

Cookbook of the week
The Rose Bakery is a small Anglo-French restaurant, shop and bakery, tucked away in a Paris side street. Breakfast, Lunch and Tea is a book that introduces this hidden gem and the philosophy and style of its creator Rose Carrarini. Beautifully illustrated with more than 100 photographs, and featuring 100 of Rose’s most popular recipes, this book is as much a treat for the eye as for the taste buds… Read more ….

Did you know – Mangosteens, prized for their deeply aromatic and intensely sweet flesh, are popularly known as the ‘queen of fruits’. Many have rhapsodised about this South-East Asian delicacy, including famed botanist David Fairchild, who wrote of its qualities: ‘it is so delicate that it melts in the mouth like a bit of ice cream.’

Food quote of the week: – “Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” – Henry David Thoreau

Food tip of the week: – To clean cast iron cook-wear, don’t use detergents. Just scrub them with salt and a clean, dry paper towel.

Recipe of the week Slow cooked oxtail

For the launch of the monthly Wickedfood cooking School singles cooking class evening we cooked this delicious oxtail stew. We trimmed most of the fat off the meat, then made the dish in our brand new pressure cooker which worked a real treat, the meat being succulently tender, and the gravy thick, after one hour of cooking. Click here for the recipe.

Look forward to hearing from you.

The Wickedfood Team

Wickedfood Cooking School runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. 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 teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.