November 2015

Newsletter December 2015

Hi

Well the end of the year is once again upon us. Thanks to all of you who supported us during the year, whether it was a cooking workshop, team-building cooking class, one of our feasts, or purchasing product from our online shop, it is through your ongoing generous support that we are able to continue to do our research and training, and survive as a small-scale farmer.

Between now and the end of the year we still have a lot on offer, including:

  • Before Thursday 3 December – Xmas Hams orders for collection on Saturday 19 December. More….
  • Saturday 5 December – Wickedfood Earth Farm will have a stall at the Banting market at Botanical Gardens, Pretoria. And for our Johannesburg clients, we have pre-order product collection at Wickedfood Sunninghillclick here to order;
  • Saturday 12 December – Christmas Biscuit Making Workshop – a one-day hands-on biscuit-making workshop, where we will teach you the finer arts of how to make 4 classic German Christmas biscuits More….;
  • Saturday 19 December Xmas Deli and mezze brunch – a mezze brunch platter of our cured meats and other goodies produced on the farm More…..;
  • Sunday 20th December  – Cooking for Christmas Workshop; – we guide you through a number of delicious dishes that you can make ahead of time, including how to de-bone a chicken, prepare two very different hams, and 2 delicious desserts More…...

 

Xmas Hams

At Wickedfood Earth Farm, we produce two very different hams for Christmas. (Pre-ordering before Thursday 3 December essential for collection on Saturday 19 December – click here to order):

  • Brined green ham (gammon) –  A pork leg that has been cured in a brine solution and sometimes cold smoked. This ham first needs to be boiled, before it is brushed with a glaze and then roasted in the oven. Our brined uncooked hams are between 3,5 and 6kg each, at R140/kg;
  • Hot smoked cured ham –  Cured in a brine, as above, and then hot smoked. They are already cooked, and are delicious served cold, with either a mustard sauce, sweet pickle or marjoram salsa. These hot smoked hams are between ±2,4kg and ±4,5kg, at R150/kg.

 

Produce order

Orders for our delicious pork and other farm made products are now open for collection at Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill, or Pretoria Botanical Gardens on  5 December.  We offer a wide variety of produce grown and produced at Wickedfood Earth including delicious fresh and cured meats and a wide selection of bottled fruit, jams, preserves and relishes. This week’s specials include:

  • 13kg 1/2 pigs, butchered, processed and packaged at R845, at R65/kg, a real bargain. Packaging as follows (Pre-ordering before Thursday 3 December essential for collection on Saturday 19 December – click here to order):
    • Mid-section (±3kg):
      • Loin ±2kg – roast , or Loin chops (± 12 x 2 per pack);
      • Belly ±1kg – whole
    • Leg (±6kg):
      • Roast  (±3,5kg), fresh;
      • 5 x 500g packs of Sausage or mince/stir-fry.
    • Bones, hocks and trotters (±2,5kg) – soup/stew bones, hocks and trotters.
  • Bottled preserves – We have harvested our apricots, plums and first season peaches, and turned them into a variety of delicious jams, preserves and relishes, including:
    • Whole peaches and apricot halves in syrup;
    • Plum, peaches and apricot compote, delicious with cream or ice-cream;
    • Curried peaches, add a new layer of flavour to chicken mayo or pork roast;
    • Plum jam, and spicy plum sauce;
  • Garlic – This season’s garlic is now fully matured and dry, order now and it will keep for at least 4 months.

 

Xmas cooking Workshops

  • Saturday 12 December – Christmas Biscuit Making Workshop. Home-made Christmas biscuits make the ideal gift, especially when packaged in decorative boxes, or antique tins. Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School is running a one-day hands-on biscuit-making workshop on Saturday 12 December from 9:00am, teaching the finer arts of how to make 4 classic German Christmas biscuits. Not only will you get to bake these four biscuits, but you will get to take home around 200 biscuits, 50 of each kind. More….
  • Sunday 20th December  – Cooking for Christmas Workshop. Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School will guide you through a number of delicious dishes that you can make ahead of time, thus releasing you from the kitchen to enjoy the celebrations with the rest of the family and friends. Dishes that will be covered in this cooking workshop include de-boned stuffed chicken, The perfectly cooked Christmas hams and  sauces, Tomato and basil tart, and two very different Xmas desserts. More…..

 

 Xmas Deli and mezze brunch

Saturday 19 December – We will be offering a mezze brunch platter of our cured meats and other goodies produced on the farm, on the day at R150pp, bookings essential (contact Cilla 076 236-2345, cilla@wickedfood.co.za). Take a drive out into the country and collect hams (must be pre-ordered – click here) and other goodies from Wickedfood Earth Farm. We will be cutting our cured meats to order, great for Xmas cold meat platters – coppa, pancetta, cured venison carpaccio and salami, and some great other specials. Other farmers will also be selling produce.

Hope to see you at one of the above events before the end of the year. For all those lucky enough to be going away for Xmas we wish you a safe journey and relaxing break. And to all of you we wish you a blessed, safe Xmas break.

 

For more information contact:

Mike on 060 761 0885, earth@wickedfood.co.za

Cilla 076 236-2345, cilla@wickedfood.co.za

 

November 29, 2015
Newsletter December 2015

Wickedfood Earth Farm Christmas Programme 2015

At Wickedfood Earth Farm we still have a lot on offer from now until the end of the year. This includes:

  • 2 exciting cooking workshops, built around Christmas, scheduled for this year;
  • Limited artisanal cured Xmas hams for sale from our own free-range pigs;
  • Meat box order for delivery into Sunninghill and Pretoria Banting market 5 December;
  • Gift vouchers, a great Xmas gift idea, can be used for buying an array of food products and for booking classes at both our schools;
  • Featured recipe – Stone fruit crumble;
  • And more ….

Christmas Cooking Workshop

Christmas, more than any other occasion during the year is a time for friends & family to get together around a table. For many, the meal can also be a stressful occasion. On Sunday 20th December Wickedfood Earth Country School’s Christmas Cooking Workshop will guide you through a number of delicious dishes that you can make ahead of time, thus releasing you from the kitchen to enjoy the festivities. Dishes include:

  • How to cook the perfect ham;
  • 3 very different sauces for your ham;
  • How to de-bone and stuff a chicken/goose/turkey;
  • 2 very different dessert options.

Click here to find out more

Christmas Biscuit Baking

Christmas is a time for giving and what better way to get into the spirit than with a gift of home-made Christmas biscuits. In this baking workshop we will teach you how to bake four of the tastiest biscuits we know, recipes that have been passed down for over five generations. Participants will take home ±200 biscuits to give away as gifts. For more info click here.

Meatbox Order

All our meat is veld-raised, growth hormone and antibiotic free, and vegetables are naturally grown. Wickedfood Earth Farm has some great specials for the festive season dinner table:

  • We are offering a ±20kg half pig, butchered, processed and packaged at only R950, that is under R50/kg (only 3 still available).
  • An ±8kg Cured meat pack @ R640 a saving of R200 if you had to buy the products separately (we use no preservatives, or liquid smoke). The pack consists of 3 packets x 500g pulled pork, 9 x 2 kassler chops, ±1kg belly, 1x ±2,2kg cooked ham, and 4 x 500g sausage -  Plain, Italian, Chourizo.
  • 3 fruit compote – Fruit season is in full swing. We have just bottled a peach, plum and apricot compote.

Please note cut-off for orders is before COB on Wednesday 2 December (26 November for 1/2 pigs & cured meat packs), for collection on Saturday, 5 December, at either Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill, or Banting Market at Pretoria Botanical Gardens or Wickedfood Earth in Hekpoort.
Click here to get an order form.

Christmas Hams for Sale!!

Due to our natural farming practises at Wickedfood Earth Farm, our animals take on average, twice as long to reach maturity as factory-farmed animals. This means that the muscles of the animals get to work, which ensures added flavour. Our  Hot smoked cured ham is already cooked, and is delicious served cold, with either a mustard sauce, sweet pickle or marjoram salsa. These hot smoked hams are between ±2,2kg and ±,5kg, at R150/kg. They are vacuumed and flash frozen to lock in flavour, perfect for a hot Xmas day. Our hams have no preservatives, or liquid smoke. Limited numbers for delivery early December. Click here to find out more and how to buy.

Gift Vouchers

Thinking of a gift idea for a loved one this Christmas? Our gift vouchers can be used for buying an array of food products and for cooking classes at both Wickedfood Sunninghill and Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School. The monetary value is up to you making it the perfect gift for both the giver and receiver. For more information on how to purchase a gift voucher, click here.

Recipe

One of the quickest and easiest desserts to make, yet everyone’s favourite, served hot or cold. Make it with whatever fruit is in season. At the moment at Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School we are making it in our teambuilding cooking classes with our 3 fruit compote.  Serve with hot custard in winter, or thick yoghurt or cream in summer. Make it in either one large dish or individual ramekins. Click here for the recipe.

 

Click here to receive an e-mail order form.

For more information, or to book
Contact:
Mike: 060 761-0885 or earth@wickedfood.co.za
Cilla: 076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za

November 22, 2015
Wickedfood Earth Farm Christmas Programme 2015

Newsletter November 2015

Driving around the countryside the severity of the present drought really starts to hit home.  At Wickedfood Earth we have not had any rain for over a month, and with daily temperatures fluctuating between 35°C and 40°C, everything is suffering under heat stress. We’ve cut our planting programme right back, only concentrating on the vegetable gardens around the cooking school.

With Christmas less than two months away, Wickedfood Earth Farm has some great pork specials for the festive season dinner table. We are offering a ±20kg half pig, butchered, processed and packaged at only R950, that is under R50/kg. If you’re interested, please click here to receive an order form.  See the various options below.

We have started making Xmas hams. The first batch has just come out of the smoker and because it is so delicious we want share some with you. We are selling 200g sliced and vacuum packs at only R30. Our whole Xmas hams are between 2,2kg and 4,5kg, at R150/kg – no preservatives, or liquid smoke. We also hot smoked some bellies, delicious thick sliced rashers, plain and in a spicy peach marinade @ R40 for 300g.

Apart from our pork, this week we have been busy making some mutton sausage. We have 4 flavours, spicy North African, summer herb, mint and a Greek style. These are all thin sausages, packaged in 300g.

Orders for our delicious meat and other farm made products are now open for collection at Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill, or Pretoria Botanical Gardens on  7 November or collection at Wickedfood Earth in Hekpoort by prior arrangement. Please get your order in early to avoid disappointment – orders close at COB on Wednesday 4 November. See below for details, or click here to receive an order form.

With the festive season fast approaching, Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School  is starting to get busy with end of year functions, from country cooking classes, to spit braais, Thai street food parties and exclusive gourmet country meals. If you book the Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School venue, you have exclusive use of our facilities while you are with us. We still have limited dates available at both Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School and Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill. For more information contact Mike: 060 761-0885 or earth@wickedfood.co.za or Cilla 076 326-2345.

On-line food sales

Drop-off at Wickedfood Cooking School, Sunninghill, or Pretoria Botanical Gardens on  7 November or collection at Wickedfood Earth in Hekpoort by prior arrangement. Orders close at COB on Wednesday 4 November.

All our products are made from our own free-range, growth-hormone and antibiotic-free meat, slow grown for maximum flavour. Our meat has no MSG, and is liquid smoke, nitrate & nitrite, gluten and cereal free. Click here to order.

This months special

  • 20kg 1/2 pigs, butchered, processed and packaged at R950, under R50/kg, a real bargain. Packaging as follows:
    • Shoulder cuts (±8kg):
    • Mid-section (±6kg):
      • Fillet – ±300g
      • Loin ±3,5kg – roast , or Loin chops (± 12 x 2 per pack), or half and half;
      • Belly ±2,2kg – whole, or hot smoked and cut into rashers.
    • Leg (±6kg):
      • Roast – 1/2 leg (±3kg) or whole (±4,5kg), fresh, or hot smoked Xmas ham (±2,3kg cooked to 3,4kg cooked);
      • Sausage – remaining meat (1,5kg to 3kg) packaged in 500g packs – plain breakfast, Italian style or Chourizo or 500g packs of mince/stir-fry.
  • Whole pigs for Spit braai – We have a few ±20kg small pigs, perfect for entertaining large groups @ R50/kg.
  • Xmas hams.  200g sliced and vacuum packs at only R30. Our whole Xmas hams are between 2,2kg and 4,5kg, at R150/kg – no preservatives, or liquid smoke (get your orders in early).
  • Hot smoked pork belly rashers, delicious thick sliced, plain, and in a spicy peach marinade @ R40 for 300g.
  • 300g thin mutton sausage at R40 per pack, 4 flavours – North African, summer herb, mint and a Greek style.
  • 300g thin breakfast @ R30 and 500g Chourizo pork sausage @ R50 per pack.
  • 700g whole salamis at only R150 each.  Our salamis have been slowly maturing over the winter, and are now at their optimum.
  • 100g coppa at R40 per pack – this is a new batch, just out after 4 months of slow curing.

For more information contact Mike: 060 761-0885 or earth@wickedfood.co.za

End of year functions

At Wickedfood Earth Country cooking school we work together with our clients to develop specialised events to suit both the occasion and their budgets. Whether its a team building cooking class, corporate function, product launch, spit braai, cocktail snacks or exclusive gourmet country meals, over the last 15 years, we have been tailor-making food-related functions for our clients. These include:

  •  Mystery basket cook-offswe supply each team with the same mystery basket of meat/chicken, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Each team works together to come up with a menu and prepare it, with the help of our staff and a selection of related recipes. At the end of cooking, participants get to enjoy the meal they have cooked together. (Click here to see how much fun these classes are);
  •  Themed feasts – from suckling pig, lamb or chickens on a spitbraai, to Middle Eastern banquets, Asian street food party,  and themed gourmet sit-down dinners. (Click here to read about a past feast);

It is through these events that we raise funds for the on-going research and our education programmes. For more information on our teambuilding cooking classes, extensive corporate and group programmes click here ….

For more information contact Cilla on 076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za

November 1, 2015
Newsletter November 2015