March 15, 2013
Get cooking with cuisine courses in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
To truly experience the culture and people of a city one needs to indulge in local cuisine.
While most of the Mother City’s culinary offerings are steeped in Dutch and Malaysian culture – legendary curries, bobotie, koeksisters, milk tarts and samoosas – Capetonians also draw inspiration from the cookery of Greece, Morocco, Nigeria and America.
The best way of taking home a taste of Cape Town is by learning to cook one of our irresistible meals.
Come to Cape Town for a cooking course and leave with a secret recipe...
A Cape Malay experience
After a guided tour and grocery shopping trip through the busy streets of this historical neighbourhood, you will learn how to mix masala spices, fold samoosas and balance the delicate flavours of a Cape Malay curry, before sitting down to enjoy the meal you’ve helped to prepare.
Contact: +27 (0) 21 790 2592
At Lekker Kombuis, also based in the Bo-Kaap, the chefs are as adept at teaching participants how to roll a roti, assemble a traditional Cape Malay curry or fold a samoosa, as they are at whipping up a cup of cardamom tea.
Contact: +27 (0)21 423 3849
A slice of the African motherland
Here you will learn to cook traditional African dishes such as pap, chakalaka and meat stew, as well as learning the art of sharing Xhosa beer.
Contact: +27 (0)21 694 0434
Spicy Spanish meals
Did you know that the largest paella dish ever made in Spain fed 160 000 people?
This astonishing little fact and others like it are just some of the tasty titbits you’ll pick up while being shown how to prepare an authentic Spanish paella dish by Perfect Paella, a local company that specialises in importing paella pans to South Africa.
Run by husband-and-wife team, Jose and Lisa Gomez, the course is offered at various establishments around the city. At My Basaar in the City Centre, these bi-monthly cooking demonstrations impart the fine art of cooking in the traditional Spanish way and include a flamenco show by Solo Flamenco or a spot of enchantment from magician Russel Fox.
Contact: +27 (0)73 366 2349
The magic of Morocco
Moroccan dishes are packed with flavoursome Northern African spices, one of the reasons why Stir Crazy Catering and Cooking School can't wait to show you how to make the best of their distinctive flavours.
The school offers a variety of courses including different recipes and cuisine styles from India, Europe and the Mediterranean, South-East Asia, Japan and a few other countries where this food style is growing in popularity.
Prepare to be guided through a cultural journey as you learn how to cook in traditional Moroccan tagines, prepare lamb dishes and create delectable desserts at various locations around Cape Town.
Contact: +27 (0)21 447 0323