January 2018 Newsletter

January 22nd, 2018

Hi all,
Welcome to 2018, we look forward to making this year a memorable food year for you. At Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School have a lot planned and will keep you updated through our newsletter. Over the next two months the cooking school has the following scheduled (see below for more details):

We are in the planning stages for a number of  cooking classes and food workshops for later in the year. These include:

  • Our ever popular series of meat curing and sausage making workshops, in the cooler months, from May onwards;
  • Food workshops with an emphases on skills training –  bread baking, cheese making and establishing your own food gardens, to name but a few;
  • Foods of the world cooking classes – from French bistro to pasta, Thai Street food and North African feasts;

With regards to the food calendar, this is the cooking schools favourite time of the year – figs are plump, sweet and juicy; the best of the peaches, cling-stone, are oozing with flavour; all the melons and smaller pumpkins are ripening; and the tomato bushes are groaning under the weight of the fruit. At the moment the cooking school kitchen is flat out bottling and preserving for the leaner months of the year. You too can enjoy these organically grown vegetables at our Mezze Country Lunches or for sale through our cooking school shop on the farm.

We will be slaughtering an ox in the next few weeks. Our meat is all hung for a minimum of 30 days. This means it will be ready during the month of March. Should you wish to purchase some of this meat once packaged please email me (earth@wickedfood.co.za) with your requirements and we will bare them in mind when we are ready to package.

This year for the first time we will be selling Garlic seed. For the last 6 years we have been growing garlic organically at Wickedfood Earth. This last season was particularly good and thus we are able to a sell a  limited amount of seed in bags of 100 at R100 per bag. A great winter crop, planted in late March, for harvest around September. Each seed should give you a head of garlic, that’s 100 heads of garlic which will last you for at least 6 months and give you enough seed to plant the following year.

On a sad note the Wickedfood Cooking School in Sunninghill was forced to close in mid December due to an ongoing dispute with the landlord which they were unable to resolve. Wickedfood Earth Farm and Country Cooking School however continues to operate as a separate entity and grows from strength to strength with your ongoing generous support. We hope to welcome you and your friends at one of our events in the near future.

Have a great food year
Mike and the Wickedfood Earth Team


BBQ inspired lunch and craft beer tasting

Sunday 28 January, R290pp

Come enjoy a unique lunch, where the Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School team has been inspired by the art of open fire cooking, and the unique flavour of small batch craft beers, especially brewed for the event. We combine our favourite South African braai techniques, with BBQ smoking and open fire cooking of the Americas, to produce a really unique 5 course meaty menu. Only 2 tables of 4 to 6 or 1 table of 8 to 12 left, plus a few seats at the communal table left. More…

Valentines cooking classes in the country

Spend the evening or day in the country, with a special person in your life, enjoying scrumptious food and good company. As Valentines falls in the middle of the week Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School is offering a choice of 2 very special Valentines day experiences:

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 – from 5:30pm to ±10pm (workshop starts at 6pm sharp)
  • Saturday 17 February 2018 – from 10am to ±2pm (workshop starts at 10:30 sharp)

More…

Functions, specialised cooking class and other food-related events

If you planning a team building cooking class, event, corporate function, product launches, kitchen tea, milestone birthday, please consider Wickedfood Earth Country cooking school. We work together with our clients to develop specialised events to suit both the occasion and their budgets. (Click here to read about past functions). It is through these events that we raise funds for the on-going research and our education programmes. For more information click here ….

Looking forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the not-too-distant future.

 

Booking office – Cilla  076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za;

Information and event planning – Mike 060 761 0885 earth@wickedfood.co.za

 

 

 

January 2018 Newsflash

January 8th, 2018

Hi all,

Hope you have had a relaxing festive break and are ready for an active, delicious food year. This is just a short newsflash to keep you on top of a few mouthwatering happenings for the next two months at Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School.

Saturday 13 January Preserving Workshop (R750pp including R250 worth of bottled fruit to take home, and lunch). We are in the midst of our of Cling peach harvest from the cooking school food gardens. Come celebrate the crop at Wickedfood Earth Farm Country Cooking School, where we will show you a number of very different delicious ways of locking all that summer goodness up in a bottle to enjoy at a later date, as well as  the secrets of successful preserving and bottling. And to crown it all off, enjoy a peach inspired lunch and take home 6 bottles of preserves, one sample of each product made during the  workshop. More….

Sunday 14 JanuaryMezze country lunch (from R195pp, booking essential). Built around the best naturally grown ingredients available from Wickedfood Earth Farm and surrounding small scale producers.  More…

Sunday 28 JanuaryBBQ inspired lunch and craft beer tasting (R290pp, very limited space still available) staff have been inspired by the art of cooking over an open fire and the unique flavour of small batch craft beers, especially brewed for the event. The Country Cooking School staff will combine their favourite South African braai techniques, with BBQ smoking and open fire cooking techniques of the Americas, to produce some really unique meat dishes – ribs, pulled pork, sosaties, slow cooked brisket, sticky wings  and even a dessert and beer pairing. More…

Sunday 11, Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 February – Valentines cooking classes in the country (R995 per couple). Valentines Day cooking classes have always been very popular at Wickedfood, and we are usually fully booked by mid January and dates are already starting to fill up. As Valentine falls in the middle of the week Wickedfood Earth Country Cooking School is offering a choice of 3 very special Valentines day experiences, on two consecutive weekends. More…

Functions, specialised cooking class and other food-related events

If you planning a special event this year, kitchen tea, milestone birthday, team building cooking classes and events, corporate functions or product launches, please consider Wickedfood Earth Country cooking school. We work together with our clients to develop specialised events to suit both the occasion and their budgets. (Click here to read about past functions). It is through these events that we raise funds for the on-going research and our education programmes. For more information click here ….

Looking forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the not-too-distant future.

Booking office – Cilla  076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za;

Information and event planning – Mike 060 761 0885 earth@wickedfood.co.za

 

 

 

Preserving Workshop

January 8th, 2018

 

It’s coming to the end of the fruit season. This season’s fruit on the whole, was rather disappointing, but thankfully we are in the midst of a bumper crop of Cling peaches from the cooking school food gardens. Come celebrate the crop at Wickedfood Earth Farm. At the Country Cooking School, we will show you 6 delicious ways of locking all that summer goodness up in a bottle to enjoy at a later date, as well as teaching you the secrets of successful preserving and bottling in this preserving workshop. And to crown it all off, enjoy a peach inspired lunch and take home 6 bottles of preserves one sample of each product made during the cooking workshop.

Techniques covered in this workshop will include:

  • General principles of preserving and preparing fruit for processing, including some secrets on easy pealing difficult fruit;
  • Working with sugar, vinegar, spices and herbs;
  • Bottling of whole fruit in syrup and alcohol;
  • Jam making;
  • Interesting fruit and vegetable combinations for chutneys and relishes;
  • How to make delicious fruit sauces and syrups.

 

WhereWickedfood Earth Farm, Hekpoort, ±70km from Fourways.
When
Saturday 13 January from 9:30, workshop starts at 10am sharp;
To book
contact Cilla – 076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za
Price –  R750pp including R250 worth of bottled fruit to take home, and lunch. Booking essential, limited space.