As mentioned in the last newsletter, we will now be sending the newsletter out on an alternative weekly basis, as most of you requested in a recent survey. For those who cannot live without a newsletter, on every other week, we will be publishing our alternative newsletter on the blog. Look out for it from next week.
Who are Wickedfood instructors ?
Our classes for individual participants are still as popular as ever. These are hands on classes, run by professionals, who enjoy sharing the extensive knowledge of food with the students.
Mike and Cilla are the founders of Wickedfood and have been teaching at Wickedfood for over ten years. They have been in the food industry, writing about food, developing new food products and consulting to the food industry for over twenty years.
Steve has worked his way up in the food industry and has lectured students at most of south Africa’s prestigious chefs’ schools, where he continues to work with senior students.
Guest lecturers – from time to time we invite specialists to run classes, in the past we have had food writers, restaurateurs and even international chefs. Our quarterly sushi class is run by a sushi master (next class 19 April, book early as there are only a few places left).
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.
- Sunday 28 March at 4pm – Making flavoured pasta, shapes and sauces (R380pp). Adding flavour to pasta, dishes including pepper fettuccini with an Alfredo sauce, chilli tagliatelle with a seafood cream, beef filled spinach ravioli and fried sweet pasta with grappa.
- Monday 29 March at 6pm – The tastes of France (R360pp). An introduction to French cuisine including chicken liver pâté, French onion soup, entrecote pommes frites, and crème caramel.
- Monday 05 April at 6pm – 30 minute meals (R370 pp). Six quick and easy to prepare dishes for two includes chickpea and pumpkin curry, grilled beef, grilled tuna and rich chocolate self-saucing pudding.
- Monday 8 April at 6pm – Easy to prepare Italian dishes (R360pp). An introduction to Italian cuisine including tomato pizza, bean and pasta soup, cannelloni, grilled fish, bean salad and lemon tart.
- Sunday 18 April at 4pm – Simply Asian with Neil Perry (R390pp). Revered as one of Australia’s foremost chefs and international TV food celebrities, Neil Perry’s first love is Asian food, with a strong Chinese leaning. In this class we explore some of his favourite dishes, taken from his book, Simply Asian. Dishes include fried sweet corn cakes, steamed fish, tangerine beef and stir-fried vegetables with noodles.
- Monday 19 April at 6pm – Sushi 1 – The basics of sushi making (R395pp – maximum 18, so book early) The basics of sushi making – cutting fish, making rice, California and maki rolls, nigirizushi (finger), and hand rolls.
Please contact the school should you wish to make a booking:
Looking for info on food?
If you have any food-related questions, or a dish that you just can’t get right or even a certain recipe that you are looking for, but just can’t seem to find, then contact us and we will do our best to answer it as soon as possible. Click Here for more information. Hope to hear from you soon.
Cookbook of the week
To my mind, one of the best books to come out of South Africa, is A farm In My Heart by Emilia le Roux and Francois Smuts. It is written in a story form, and account of daily life on the farm… Click Here for more.
Click Here to see Wickedfood Cooking School’s top 10 food-related books for 2009.
On food – Preserving :
Now that autumn is officially upon us and the nights are definitely getting cooler, delicious summer fruits and vegetables will very shortly start becoming scarce. Fortunately at present there is still an abundance, a lot of it at very reasonable prices. The best way of storing these delicious flavours is through preserving.
Preserving food can be tricky business. There are however a few very simple points to remember … Click Here for more information.
Food personality feature – Hairy Bikers :
Over the past few weeks, a fascinating television series has been running on BBC Lifestyle entitled The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain. But who are the Hairy Bikers?
The Hairy Bikers are David Myers and Simon King, two northern blokes with a passion for cooking and food. The pair began their TV careers working behind the scenes, Si as a first assistant director and locations’ manager for film and television and Dave as a BBC make-up artist specializing in prosthetics. It was on the set of a TV drama that they first met and became friends. The cooks first appeared in front of the camera for their pilot Hairy Bikers series, filmed in Portugal … Click Here for the full story.
Recipe of the week:
North African cuisine, especially from Morocco cuisine, has taken the world by storm. It has a distinctive flavour, a blend of Middle Eastern ingredients with unique cooking styles. In our cookbook of the week, A Farm In My Heart is their take on Moroccan Chicken. .… Click Here for the recipe
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.