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Veld and Sea Winter Events 2017

Join us for some deliciously exciting workshops this season. We will be heading inward to the land to experience the world of wild flavour in forests, wild mushrooms, botanical cocktails, kids holiday events, inspired gardening workshops and fragrant fynbos.
To book for any of these events, please email roushanna@hotmail.com

MUSHROOM FORAGING

Saturday 17th of June 9am-12pm

Saturday 1st July 9am-12pm

Join us on our winter forest forages led by avid mushroom hunter Justin Williams as we delve into the forest to learn all about the magical world of mushrooms! We will be meeting early and begin the foray with an educational talk about wild mushrooms, then head off into the forest to find what is on offer.

Participants will need to bring a basket, pocket/pen knife, rain coat (weather permitting) and outdoor-friendly shoes.
Cost: R350
Included: Notes, recipes, post-forage refreshments of nourishing mushroom soup, bread, aubergine and mushroom pate and a warming herbal tea prepared by wild food forager Roushanna Gray.
Location to be revealed to participants closer to the time.
Spaces are limited so book your place soon!
To join the wait list please email roushanna@hotmail.com

KIDS FORAGE AND HARVEST WORKSHOPS

Tuesday 4th July 10am-2pm ~ All ages

Thursday 6th of July 10am-2pm ~ Teenagers

Tuesday 11th July 10am-2pm ~ All ages

Kids are natural foragers. Remember growing up looking for Soursucks (Oxalis) in the winter and cape honeysuckles (Tecoma) in spring? It all comes very naturally. Imagine how fun a relaxed morning of gathering and tasting different scented leaves and edible flowers would be! This school holidays the kids will learn fun facts about which plants the birds and butterflies love, get to meet the farm animals, create some arts and crafts, make and eat delicious pizza with the foraged and harvested ingredients to enjoy with yummy wild flavoured flower drinks, and have fun in the playground with new friends.

TIME: 10am – 2pm

VENUE: Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point

COST: R280 per class for one child, or bring a friend and each pay R220 per class

TO BOOK: Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: These are small holiday classes – please book soon to avoid disappointment. Any kids under the age of 4 require a parent/guardian to accompany them.

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP 

Saturday the 22nd of July 11am-3pm 

 Join Caitlin Hill, brand ambassador for The Botanist Gin on this exciting wild alchemy, botanicals and floral food filled day.

We will start with a foraging master-class in the Veld and Sea classroom, followed by a walk where we will gather wild herbs and edible flowers to be used in the drinks. You will learn the basics of cocktail making – the ingredients, techniques and equipment plus a special introduction to gin as well as how to make two classic gin based cocktails. Discover the world of tincture making and create your own bitters and infusions. A light floral inspired lunch, cocktails and refreshments will be served. Leave with a herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations.

Venue: Veld and Sea classroom, Cape Point

Cost: R650 per person. R600 per person for a group of four

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

WILD PIZZA AND BOTANICAL DRINKS

Thursday 13th July 10am – 2pm

Join us for a delicious and nutritious day of  discovering wild flavour around us and in your own gardens, led by Roushanna Gray. Discover the delicious world of seasonally available indigenous plant flavours, aromatics and fragrances, wild herbs, edible weeds and flowers and their culinary and medicinal applications.

Includes an intro, walk and talk, a lunch of botanical drinks and pizzas (cooked on a wood fired pizza oven) all created by the group with foraged and harvested ingredients. Notes and recipes to take home.

Cost: R550 per person.

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

GOOD HOPE GARDENS WORKSHOP SERIES

Gardening with the elements – practical modules on how to work with nature and not against it.

Cost: R600 per workshop or R500 per workshop if attending all 4.

Teacher: All workshops are led by experienced indigenous plant landscaper Tom Gray who has worked in hard and soft landscaping for over a decade.

Venue: All workshops will take place at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd, Cape Point.

EARTH (soil)

In this half day workshop, you will learn how to set down a good foundation from the ground up for any garden – food producing or otherwise. We will look at soil types, soil enrichment, compost making and mulching.

Included: Notes, soil enrichment recipes and suggested reading list, refreshments and a wholesome light lunch.

Please bring: Paper and pen, comfortable gardening clothes and outdoor shoes. Sun hat / rain coat.

WATER (reduce, reuse, recycle)

Focusing on residential water usage with regards to recycling water, capturing rainwater, storm water management plus spring, borehole and well point water usage. Touching on the usage of pumps and gravity fed systems. Simple filtration via use of mechanical means or living filters (reed beds) and water storage into tanks, ponds, pools or dams.

Included: Notes, water-wise plant list, refreshments and a wholesome light lunch.

Please bring: Paper and pen, comfortable gardening clothes and outdoor shoes. Sun hat / rain coat.

AIR (wind)

The Cape Of Storms is our home. This workshop deals with how to manage wind on a micro scale for the purpose of gardening. We will look at the use of indigenous trees, (edible and non) screens and structures as wind breaks, how the wind affects the soil and water usage in a garden, and touching on how wind can be harnessed to create alternative power. Looking at how aspect, micro-climate and location effect the immediate area around your house in which you are gardening.

Included: Notes, wind tolerant plant list, refreshments and a wholesome light lunch.

Please bring: Paper and pen, comfortable gardening clothes and outdoor shoes. Sun hat / rain coat.

FIRE (sun and seasons)

A workshop aimed at helping to plan your garden (edible or non) in terms of seasons and how to achieve an abundance of food. We will discuss the use of indigenous plants and conventional exotic plants as food crops. Adapting your garden plan to suit what is practical and attainable compared to what you wish to have in your garden, taking into consideration our harsh, dry local climate. Discussing scenarios such as hot, sunny, dry gardens vs cold, shady, wet gardens and possible practical solutions.

Included: Notes, suggested plant list, refreshments and a wholesome light lunch.

Please bring: Paper and pen, comfortable gardening clothes and outdoor shoes. Sun hat / rain coat.

Cost: R600 per workshop. R500 for attending all 4.

FYNBOS FORAGING

Saturday the 29th of July 10am-2pm

Sunday the 13th of August 10am-2pm

Saturday the 26th of August 10am-2pm

Introductory half day forage and feasting experience guided by Roushanna and Gael Gray. Each individual class is different according to the season and availability in the gardens and the bush. Explore the gardens, discover and pick edible floral foods and fresh organic vegetables. Forage for indigenous edibles, learn how to sustainably harvest them, utilize them in your kitchen, grow them in your garden and some of their medicinal properties. Learn about wild herbs and how to preserve and prepare them. After snacks and a gathering tour we will get creative in the foraging classroom kitchen and prepare and share a feast.
This half day course includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged, harvested and prepared by the group. You will also receive information sheets and recipes on the plants that we will use in the meal.

Bring: Gumboots or comfortable walking shoes, raincoat/sun hat – suitable outdoor gear. Cameras are welcome. Don’t forget an open mind and your sense of humour!

Cost: R550 p/person or R2000 for group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

Venue: Veld and Sea Classroom at the Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Plateau Rd (M65),Cape Point.

To book please email roushanna@hotmail.com

AUTUMN ~ Wild Food events with Veld + Sea

We are getting very excited at the approach of the cooler season, the first rains have already fallen, encouraging tiny, delicious winter shoots to show, and the first mushrooms have already been spotted in the forests.

Have a look at some of our upcoming wild food events below…
FREE TALK AT SCARBOROUGH HUB
Saturday the 9th of April 11am
Join Roushanna Gray at the next Food Dialogue Series hosted by the Foragers Shop in Scarborough under The Hub Café where she will be discussing and introducing some of the delicious wild flavours our area has to offer. She will be introducing you to 10 of her favorite indigenous edible plants, wild weeds, edible flowers and seaweeds. The discussion will touch on history, seasons, identification, sustainability issues, preparation, recipes and which plants you should be planting in your gardens.

MUSHROOM FORAGE
Wednesday the 4th of May
Saturday the 14th of May
Join us at our autumn forest forage led by avid mushroom hunter Justin Williams as we delve into the forest to learn all about the magical world of mushrooms! We will be meeting early and begin the foray with an educational talk about wild mushrooms, then head off into the forest to find what is on offer.
Participants will need to bring a basket, pocket/pen knife, rain coat (weather permitting) and outdoor-friendly shoes.
Cost: R350
Included: Notes, recipes, post-forage refreshments of nourinshing mushroom soup, bread, mushroom pate and a warming buchu brandy and rooibos hot toddie prepared by wild food forager Roushanna Gray.
Location to be revealed to participants closer to the time.
Spaces are limited so book your place soon!
To book please email roushanna@hotmail.com
 
WILD FOOD PAIRING EVENT
Fri 27th and Sat 28th 
This wildly exciting event will be hosted by the Culture Club Cheese restaurant on Bree Street in Town.
Details and menu TBC – watch this space or to put your name down please email roushanna@hotmail.com

Mushroom Foraging

We had a very successful mushroom forage last weekend. We got lucky with both the mushrooms and the weather, and it was agreed by all that it was a very well spent Sunday morning activity. Led by our keen Mushroomer, with over 10 years of experience under his hat, we were taken to the secret spots of edible fungi abundance….

Mushroom foraging

Pine forest

Mushroom foraging

Pine Ring mushrooms

Mushroom foraging. This ones not edible!

Happy mushroom Forager

Mushroom forest

Mushroom hunting Cape Town

Mushroom Forage with Forage Harvest Feast

Mushroom foraging course Cape Town

Wild mushroom harvest

Once our mushroom eyes had peeled open, we really got lucky. And even got some exercise too – someones pedometer said she took 10 000 steps. Food and exercise – endorphins AND enough Pine Rings for the next few meals? Who could ask for more. Although I will never look at a packet of Dennys in quite the same way, those wild mushrooms are packed with flavour.

Its no wonder the Pine Rings Latin name is Lactarius deliciosus.

Fried up in butter with a bit of garlic and fresh herbs, with scrambled eggs on toast, in a venison stew, rolled up in a pancake, in a pasta sauce, cream of wild mushroom soup. Now my mouth is watering. I have to go make a snack quickly…

  Looks like fun? Why not join us for the next one happening this Saturday the 14th of June at 11am. Email roushanna@hotmail.com for more details.

Mushroom foraging

The soil is moist, the days are cool, the rain has fallen.

Its time for mushrooming in the forest.

forest

The atmosphere in the forest is calm and clear and fresh. Under the pine needle mulch, the earth teems with life.

Led by my father, a very keen and experienced mushroom hunter, we were hoping to find the romantically common named saffron milk cap/pine rings or the scientifically named Lactarius deliciosus. The Latin name says it all.

In the parking lot, we met foragers returning from the forest. With baskets in hand and a glint in the eye, foragers are easy to identify.

What was collected and how they were going to prepare them were discussed. Then we were off, excited and dreaming of mushroom dishes already.

Mushroom foraging

These orange-brown fungi start popping up in the Autumn in the acidic soil under conifers. If they are handled too much, they bruise a dark green colour. Knives are used for harvesting and baskets are used for collecting them in, so any spores that are released from the gills may fall back down onto the ground.

Rusulla mushroomThe first mushrooms we spotted were one of the toxic Russula species. These were quickly shown to the children to identify as poisonous. Please – never go mushroom foraging without an experienced mushroomer – there are far too many seriously toxic species out there. Don’t risk it – this is a job for a knowledgeable human, not Google images.

Wild brambles

Wild brambles were spotted. But no mushrooms yet.

We were not the only species foraging in the forest.

Finding ourselves surrounded by a big troop of baboons, we stopped gazing down and looked around. A huge alpha male, mothers, uncles, aunties, sisters, brothers and babies. About 20 Chacma baboons were playing and slowly making their way up the mountain, scratching and nibbling at bits and pieces along the way.

BaboonsbaboonsBaboons

Two massive baboons had recently and unusually raided our house, terrifying our kids in the process. So it was quite special to walk quietly through this playful and nonchalant troop and watch and enjoy them in their own environment as opposed to being fearful of them in ours. My kids now have a different outlook on them and the fear factor is somewhat reduced.

BaboonChacma BaboonsThe real foragers.

And then we found them. Nestled in between some wild Centella asiatica, a couple of beautiful orange caps were winking at us. Our mushroom eyes were now open – let the hunt begin!

Mushroom foraging

Pine ring mushrooming

Mushroom hunting

Pine ring mushroom foraging

Mushroom foraging

Wild mushrooms

Did you know there is such a thing as mushroomers etiquette? Never pick the small ones, rather leave them to grow bigger. He who finds it, picks it. Dont wander over to where a stranger has struck it lucky and start picking, its rude. If you have founds loads and a sad forager walks by with nothing in their basket, you can share a few if you are feeling generous.

Mushroom foraging

Satisfied with our gathered goods and our afternoons adventures, we made our way back down the mountain, discussing recipes and getting hungrier and hungrier with each step.

Mushrooms fried with garlic and fresh herbs in butter. Eaten on toast. Blended up for a hearty soup. Mushroom risotto. Mushroom quiche. Mushroom omelet. Creamy mushroom pasta. Mushroom steaks slow baked with Camembert and rosemary.

Mushroom foraging

Unfortunately I have no food photos to show you – somehow the eating of the food became more important than the photographing of it.  But I can assure you they were the best mushroom omelet and mushroom, Bree and rosemary quiche ever. Next time I will take photos, I promise – for there are more mushroom forages to come. We thank you mycelium. If you want to join us, we will be going on a few very small grouped forages this winter – email roushanna@hotmail.com for more info.

Keep warm and happy Autumn!