May 2014

The most exciting news of the month is that Wickedfood Earth was nominated  for the Eat Out Produce Awards, Best Small Producer: Paddock (fresh) category.  And this after less than six months in operation, thank you to all of you for your support.

It’s amazing how quickly the seasons seem to have changed. Wickedfood Earth farm is a hive of activity, getting in the last of the summer harvest, mulching winter crops so that the seedlings don’t get damaged by any early frost.

The change of seasons is always an exciting time, and none more so than autumn/winter. Beef, lamb and venison is at its prime, having benefited from a long season of grazing, and the late rains certainly helped. All the squashes are starting to ripen, including butternut and pumpkin, and Jerusalem artichokes and sweet potatoes will be harvested shortly. From the summer vegetables, the last of the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are at their very best. We are also harvesting the very last of our raspberries and turning them into delicious jam, juice and ice cream.

Plantings for the winter include garlic, kale, lettuce, cabbage, broad beans and peas.

Country Cooking School programme

Our purpose-built Country Cooking School is located ±70km north west of Fourways. We offer real country cooking classes, from how to use seasonal local ingredients and establishing your own food gardens, to kitchen confidence, and specialist skills training. We run evening, half-day, one-day and week-end classes, for both individual students as well as group classes for corporates, whether it be a fun day out with friends or colleagues, or serious teambuilding. Forindividual students, we run classes mainly on Sundays, with a maximum of 16 students. Each 4 to 6 students has their own fully-equipped kitchen station. Apart from the cooking classes, students also get to sit down to enjoy the meal they have prepared. - more

May programme:

Sunday 11 May at 9:30am - Mothers day cooking experience (R495pp, No children under 14) – sorry  fully subscribed.

Spend a relaxing day in the country, with mom, learning the secrets of no-stress entertaining, 6 perfect dishes for this coming winter. We show you how to stuff a pork roast, prepare a variety of accompaniments and how to make a delicious hot winter pudding. At the end of the class sit down and enjoy a scrumptious 4-course feast and a glass of wine.  More 

Sunday 18 May at 9:30am - Suckling pig cooking class (R495pp, No children under 16) – only two spaces left.

Due to popular demand, we are once again running this delicious class. Not only is suckling pig a great centrepiece for a celebration for up to 20 people, it is also a perfect option for a small family, giving 6 perfect roasts, each serving between 4 and 6 people. In this class you will be given the secrets on how to roast a suckling pig, shown how to break it down into the various joints, as well as ideas on how to cook them. And at the end of the class, sit down to a delicious 4-course suckling pig banquet. More 

June programme (see the website for more in-depth details on the classes below):

Sunday 1 June at 9:30am - Cheese Making workshop (R995pp) – A step-by-step trip through the basics of fresh cheese-making – yoghurt, Labne, spicy cheese logs, ricotta, feta and halloumi. More...

Sunday 15 June at 9:30am  - Charcuterie (R1 500pp) – a full-day interactive, hands-on workshop, breaking down a pig into its various components and how to cure the different cuts – coppa, pancetta, bacon, kassler, brawn and salt pork, and take some of it home with you. More...

Sunday 29 June at 9:30am  - Sustainable living - From Earth to plate, per season (R495pp)how to establish a vegetable garden, tips on compost making, water wise irrigation, seasonal crops and crop rotation. We also cook seasonal dishes. More...

 

Community Country Food Market

(see our Facebook page for special products and produce available each week at the market)

Due to cold winter mornings, and later sunrises, as of this Saturday, The Wickedfood Earth Community Country Food Market will run from 9am to 11am at the premises of the Wickedfood Country Cooking School. This food market links local producers to consumers, as well as provides a location where foodies can get together for a quick cup of coffee, cake and chat. All food sold at this market is seasonal, locally grown and produced.

Products on the Wickedfood Earth farm, produced through our community upliftment training programme are available for sale at this market.  Apart from our products, a number of local farmers and artisanal producers from Magalies Valley, also sell their produce and products. Products for sale include:

  • pre-packed pork and lamb cuts (and beef and goat from time to time, when available);
  • pork sausage, bacon, pancetta and cured meats;
  • olives;
  • goats’ milk and cheese;
  • raw cows’ milk, yoghurt and cream cheese;
  • fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables;
  • salad and micro greens;
  • honey;
  • jams, preserves, sauces and relishes;
  • bread, baked goods and koeksusters;
  • fruit and vegetable seedlings.
  • tea, coffee, fresh fruit juice and cake in our small tea-garden.

 

Happy cooking

 

For more information, or to book:

 

Contact Cilla on 076 236-2345 or cilla@wickedfood.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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