Hi all,

We’re Back! To all our loyal readers out there we apologise for keeping you out in the cold. Wickedfood has moved away from a fortnightly newsletter to a monthly newsletter. In the past we have relied on our newsletter to advertise our classes and special events as well as trying to put together an interesting read to excite the foodie in all of us. Moving forward we are going to be posting new content via our social media platforms which will allow us more scope on the information we supply.

In our new monthly newsletter will wish to touch base with our readers by pulling together all our posts during that month and compiling a newsletter which will allow readers to find the info that is more relevant to them quicker. We hope that by doing this we can remain an insightful food destination while being locally relevant.

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Wickedfood Cooking School news

The Cooking class programmes for September  are up on the internet, and bookings are open. Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill (in red below) runs cooking classes with a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 12 giving everyone hands-on experience and keeping the cooking class small enough for maximum learning. At Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School (in green below) we run full-day Sunday cooking classes and food skills workshops, where each 3 to 6 students has their own fully-equipped cooking station. 

Week 1 – 01 to 07 September

Monday 01 September at 6pm – Thai flavours (R430pp for the class). Thai cuisine places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components. Thai cuisine is also known for being quite spicy as well as balancing the four fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, and (optional) bitter. Learn how to balance these tastes in this Thai cooking class. Dishes include Golden purses, Tamarend flavoured fish soup, Chiang Mai beef curry, Tofu salad with vegetables, Chicken rice and Fried bananas.

 Week 2 – 08 to 14 September

Monday 08 September at 6pm – Paleo Eating – 30 Minute Meals (R430pp). Whether you call it Paleo, Banting, or Caveman, these recipes focus on natural protein sources, lots of vegetables, and other healthy ingredients such as nuts, and seeds. And because the recipes do not include grain based products such as pasta, cereal, or bread, they are also great for those following a low carb or gluten free diet. Dishes include: Trinchado, Pork stir-fry, Creamy bacon and tomato linefish, Chicken tikka Masala, Fried eggs on a vegetable ragout and a Spicy roast pumpkin salad.  

Week 3 – 15 to 21 September

Monday 15 September at 6pm – Italian Class (R430pp). Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of difference in taste, and is known to be one of the most popular in the world. The main characteristics of Italian cuisine is its extreme simplicity. Dishes and recipes are often the creation of grandmothers rather than of chefs, and this makes many recipes ideally suited for home cooking. This is one of the main reasons behind the ever increasing popularity of this cuisine. Join us in this Italian cooking class for a more in-depth look at Italian cuisine which includes cauliflower frittata, risotto with dried mushrooms, lamb chops fried in parmesan cheese batter and cassata.

Sunday 21 September at 9:30am  – Sustainable living – From Earth to plate. (R495pp. No children under 16) Whether you live in a flat, or sprawling mansion, you can grow your own food, and therefore become more sustainable. In this workshop we show you how to establish a vegetable garden, be it a patio or hanging garden, or something more substantial. We’ll give you tips on compost making and water wise irrigation. In addition we’ll talk about seasonal crops and crop rotation. Back in the kitchen, we will cook a few of our seasonal vegetables and give you tips on how to get the most out of the seasonal bounty. Included in the price is a 3 course lunch, including some of the dishes we have cooked together.

Week 4 – 22 to 28 September

Monday 22 September at 6pm – Sweet treats – Basic Desserts (R430pp). It’s not necessary to master a huge amount of desserts. Just become proficient in making a few basic desserts, and people will think you’re a professional. Learn the secrets of making flop-free desserts in our desserts/baking class, including a chocolate soufflé, strawberry and cream treats, simple panna cotta, sticky toffee pudding with a butterscotch sauce, lemon meringue pie, pear and almond tart.

Please contact our booking office (076 236 2345)  to book a class. Or email enquiries@wickedfood.co.za  


Sunninghill News

We recently hosted a number of corporate groups at the cooking school. We have added some photos from our classes of the last couple of weeks onto our facebook page, click here to have a look at all photos from our classes. If you are interested in our Corporate and team building classes click here for more information or you can contact Cilla on 076 236 2345.


Wickedfood Earth news

Sunday 7 September – Cellar Rats 2014 Wine Festival. Wickedfood Earth will once again be participating in the Cellar Rats 2014 Wine Festival. We’ll be supplying a variety of our preserves and cured meats, as well as our famous pulled pork sandwich. Come and enjoy South Africa’s best wines and pulled pork. Held in Magaliesberg at “The Old Mill”, on the banks of the picturesque Magalies River, ±40 minutes from Jhb’s Northern Suburbs. More …

The Wickedfood Earth weekly Community Country Food Market from the premises of the Wickedfood Country Cooking School is slowly gaining momentum. The Market links local producers to consumers, as well as provides a location for food lovers to get together for a quick cup of coffee, cake and chat. All food sold at this market is seasonal, locally grown and produced. All products produced on the Wickedfood Earth farm through our community upliftment training programme are available for sale at this market. Apart from products produced by our trainees, the market is also open to local farmers and artisanal producers from the Valley to sell their produce and products.

Click here to see our latest newsletter, and Click here for our Cooking School photo gallery.  


What to do in Johanneburg

Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival – 4-6 September 2014

Taste over 1000 wines; delight in Gauteng’s finest foods, and unwind to the soulful sounds of Soweto’s finest DJs and musicians; browse through one of the many travel and wine lounges and learn to pair food and win at the Nederburg Wine and Robertson Herbs and Spices Taste Theatre.

Venue: University of Johannesburg, Main Hall, Soweto Campus, Chris Hani Road, Soweto


The Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg – 25-28 September 2014

Joburg’s top restaurants will join together to serve their fabulous, trend-setting signature dishes that have made them so popular with foodies and critics alike. The impressive list of participating restaurants, award-winning wineries, premium drinks brands and extraordinary exhibitors will guarantee that there will be something sensational on offer to appeal to every palate and taste.

Venue: Montcasino Outdoor Event Area
Tickets: Available through Computicket


The Joburg Festival of Beer – 27-28 September 2014

The festival is set to take place at Pirates Sports Club in Greenside. Look forward to 160 types of beer, great food, music and a buzzing atmosphere. Expect craft and commercial brewers such as SMACK Republic, BrewHogs, Just Brewing Company and SAB strutting their stuff as well as look forward to guided beer tours, food and beer pairings and live brewing demonstrations.

There will be a kiddies play area so the whole family is invited to join!

Tickets are R150.00 and are available from Webtickets.


Food quote of the week

“Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.”  by Homaro Cantu

Wickedfood Chef