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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

Deep Blue / Middle C

The making of the Deep Blue / Middle C was a passion project on a grand scale – a group of the most creative people at the top of their game, putting their heart and soul into this surf culture documentary set on the West Coast of South Africa – the result? A little bit of magic and whole lot of love.

The world premier will be on the 3rd of June 2017 at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival screening details are below:

Cape Town
World Première Screening
Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront
Sat 3 June
8.15pm

Johannesburg
The Bioscope
Sun 4 June
7.30pm

Cape Town
Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront
Fri 9 June
6.45pm
(post screening Q&A)
Durban Screenings to be confirmed

Take a look at the trailer below…

Deep Blue / Middle C official trailer from Fly on the Wall on Vimeo.

Deep Blue / Middle C
An ode to the weskus (west coast)
“I don’t have a tribal dance,
there are no manhood rituals for me.
Sitting round this fire with my friends,
surfing these West Coast waves,
This is my culture.”
– J’ bones / ‘ the dronk kreef ‘
A genre bending documentary – a personal project from director Bryan Little he describes as
“A glorious home video from an alternate reality, that is to be a surfer living and breathing on
the west coast of South Africa – to this sanctuary we make pilgrimages, to wash off the dirt of the world.”
For 10days&10nights we made a studio on the beach, from it our little community of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers made music with our true selves. Exploring the greatest force on earth : we ate our fill from the wilderness.
With themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, identity, and our natural place in the world,
Deep Blue / Middle C is an interwoven story where fiction and non-fiction co-exist; as do memory and dreams.
A wise man recently told me;
“The qualities of the steps to getting somewhere are the same as the qualities of being there”.
FB: facebook.com/DeepBlueMiddleC/
Insta: @deepblumiddlec

Deep Blue / Middle C
An ode to the weskus (west coast)

“I don’t have a tribal dance,
there are no manhood rituals for me.
Sitting round this fire with my friends,
surfing these West Coast waves,
This is my culture.”
– J’ bones / ‘ the dronk kreef ‘

A genre bending documentary – a personal project from director Bryan Little he describes as
“A glorious home video from an alternate reality, that is to be a surfer living and breathing on
the west coast of South Africa – to this sanctuary we make pilgrimages, to wash off the dirt of the world.”

For 10days&10nights we made a studio on the beach, from it our little community of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers made music with our true selves. Exploring the greatest force on earth : we ate our fill from the wilderness.

With themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, identity, and our natural place in the world,
Deep Blue / Middle C is an interwoven story where fiction and non-fiction co-exist; as do memory and dreams.

A wise man recently told me;

“The qualities of the steps to getting somewhere are the same as the qualities of being there”.

FB: facebook.com/DeepBlueMiddleC/
Insta: @deepblumiddlec

 

CARISSA MACROCARPA

CARISSA MACROCARPA
Carissa berries are commonly known as ‘Num-num’s’. The humble Num-num bush has glossy dark green leaves and big spiky thorns, protecting its delicate jasmine-like flowers and plump, juicy red berries.
When you pick a Carissa berry, you will find a milky latex at the base of the berry– this milky latex is usually a warning sign in most plants – but in the Carissa berry, it is non-toxic.
The berries are rich in pectin, which makes them great to add to jams, preserves and relishes, binding everything beautifully and glossing it with a ruby-red hue. It is also very high in vitamin C making it a nutritious snack eaten raw. The taste of the berries are tart, sweet, with a cranberry like flavour.
Carssa berry bush sketch

Carissa berry, beetroot and apple relish

Serves 6–8

Ingredients:
¼ cup of Carissa berries, sliced
2 apples cored, peeled and diced
4 small beetroots, peeled and diced
¼ cup of sugar
2 tbs honey
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
3 cloves
1 tbs fennel seeds
1 cinnamon stick
Salt and pepper

Method:
Place all the ingredients in a small pot, except for the honey. Simmer over a low heat until most of the liquid has reduced, for approximately 40 minutes. When it starts to look bubbly and sticky, add the honey and simmer at a low heat for another 5 minutes. Take it off the heat and let it cool down. Pour it over a soft, room-temperature cheese such as Camembert or Brie cheese. Try to share it with your friends – that’s if it even makes it out of your kitchen!

carissa and beetroot relish

How to grow Carissa
Carissa macrocarpa, or ‘Num-num’, is a handsome evergreen shrub with fairly large shiny leaves, and grows to about 2 meters in height. It has thick sharp thorns and can be used to create an effective, impenetrable hedge. Carissa is found naturally in coastal areas from Humansdorp, all the way up to Mozambique. Although able to survive drought and poor soil very well, it grows faster in good soil with some watering. Carissa berry produces beautifully-scented white flowers from spring to mid-summer, and is followed by large red fruits rich in Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Carissa can be grown easily from seed sown in the spring, but it can also be grown
from semi-hardwood cuttings in spring.

 

Did you know…our recipe book is in the making! Take a sneak peak on the Veld and Sea website HERE

Summer 2017 with Veld and Sea

 

 

COASTAL FORAGING

Sunday 26th March 9am – 1pm

This half day course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare your macro-algae and shellfish, make various recipes together that will end in a feast.
We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to the Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point (a 5km drive from the beach) with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.
Includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged and prepared by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

More info on our website HERE

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

 To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

WILD LOVE DINNER

Tuesday 14th Feb 6pm

Come and experience this once-off pop-up event dedicated to sustainable cuisine that will tantalize all of your senses.

The meal will be created by Roushanna Gray of Veld and Sea, using fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced products, transforming them into delicious foods.
Vegetables, herbs and wild foods will be picked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. Indigenous edibles, seaweeds, floral foods and local artisan products will be used.

Quality not quantity is to be observed and that means limited spaces! There will only be 12 seats available at this pop-up so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

The Wild Love dinner will be held in the Veld and Sea classroom at the Good Hope Gardens in Cape Point on Tuesday the 14th of Feb at 6pm.

Tickets: R500 per person

Included: Four course meal, 1 large botanical cocktail, 1 small gift. Guests are welcome to bring bring own wine, corkage not charged.

Vegetarians and Vegans options available!

To book contact Roushanna Gray at roushanna@hotmail.com

 

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP 

Saturday 18th of Feb 11am-3pm 

 Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar 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

FERMENTATION WORKSHOP

Saturday 4th of March 10am – 2pm

Fermentation workshop led by Zayaan Khan.

Join us for a session in wild fermentation!  We will learn about chopped veg fermented in its own juice (such as sauerkraut), whole ferments in brine (such as pickles), and layered ferments (such as kimchi).  We will taste various ferments as well as condiments, mustard and ketchup and discover how to make them.

We will discuss the scope of fermentation and learn the basic understandings to build a community of fermenters and begin to revive the pantry.
We will discuss starters, jars and fermentation time as well as eat delicious lunch using fermented flavours.

Bring: Glass jars and bottles. Any sad looking or surplus vegetables, even that heart of lettuce at the back of the fridge! Please bring any fermented drinks or cultures you may want to share.

COST: R500

INCLUDES: Fermentation Guide, New Skills, lunch and refreshments.

Venue: Veld and Sea Classroom, Cape Point

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

WILD FLAVOUR

Fri 24th March & Fri 31st March    and repeated on

Sat 8th April & Sat 15th  April 

This is a two part introductory session in 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, snacks and notes.

Time: 9.30am – 12pm

Venue: Veld and Sea classroom, Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Cape Point.

Cost: R250 per class or R400 for both.

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

Summer events with Veld and Sea

Join us for some deliciously exciting workshops this season – We are heading back to the beach for the much anticipated return of our coastal forages, plus there are some new and exciting collaborative workshops featured in the lineup which we are very excited to share with you!
To book for any of these events, please email roushanna@hotmail.com

COASTAL FORAGING 2017

Saturday 7th Jan 10am – 2pm

Saturday 21st Jan 9am – 1pm

Saturday 11th Feb 9am – 1pm

Saturday 25th Feb 9am – 1pm

This half day course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare your macro-algae and shellfish, make various recipes together that will end in a feast.
We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to the Veld and Sea classroom at the Good Hope Nursery in Cape Point with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.
Includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged and prepared by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

More info on our website HERE

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

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

Saturday 26th Nov 11am-3pm

 Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar 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

FORAGED WREATH WORKSHOP

Saturday 10th Dec 2pm-5pm

Join us for this fun and festive wreath making workshop at the beautiful home of artist and singer songwriter Amy Ayanda. A day of dreaming and creating, learn to use natures symmetry and design in two beautiful wreaths to take home. Led by foraging teacher Roushanna Gray, there will be a demo and introduction followed by a wreath making session with summers wild flowers, fynbos and foliage. No experience necessary and all equipment will be provided. Enjoy floral inspired snacks, home-made kombucha and botanical cocktails.

Spaces are limited to 10 participants.

Cost: R500 per person or R450 if you bring a friend.

KIDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

Monday 12th Dec 10am-1pm

Tuesday 13th Dec 10am-1pm

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! So imagine how fun a morning of gathering and tasting different scented leaves and edible flowers would be! The kids will learn fun facts about which plants the birds and butterflies love, get to meet the farm animals, create some artwork, make and eat delicious pizzas or scones with the foraged and harvested ingredients to enjoy with yummy Fynbos iced tea, and have fun in the playground with new friends.

VENUE: Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point

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

TO BOOK: Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com

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

COASTAL FORAGING + HAND PLANE WORKSHOP

Saturday 17 Dec 9.30am

We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to the Burnett Wood Surfboards workshop for a coffee and a snack before starting on your handplane creations under the expert guidance of Patrick Burnett. This handplane course offers the opportunity to make a functional and beautiful surfcraft out of wood in one day. Participants will learn about the enjoyment of bodysurfing, the design dynamics that underpin handplanes and the pleasure of shaping something out of wood. Participants walk away with their own self-crafted handplane. Learn more about Patrick and his craft in this beautiful video clip HERE

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

WHAT TO BRING: Beach gear, slip-slops or booties, your mollusk permit (essential – available at your nearest post office), cameras, water bottle, a sense of humour and an appetite! Also please bring your drink of choice for yourself to enjoy with the meal

BONUS: Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day.

PRICE: R1200 p/person. Full payment will secure your booking. Please note, this is a small workshop and only 6 spaces are available, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

TIME: 9.30am

VENUE: Scarborough beach + Burnett Surfboard Workshop

TEACHERS: Patrick Burnett and Roushanna Gray

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SUMMER 2016 with Veld and Sea

Join us for some deliciously exciting workshops this season – We are heading back to the beach for the much anticipated return of our coastal forages, plus there are some new and exciting collaborative workshops featured in the lineup which we are so excited to share with you!
To book for any of these events, please email
 roushanna@hotmail.com


COASTAL FORAGING

  • 29th Oct 9am-1pm

  • 13th Nov 9am-1pm

  • 3rd Dec 10am-2pm

  • 30th Dec 10am-2pm

This half day course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare your macro-algae and shellfish, make various recipes together that will end in a feast.
We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to Gael’s Beach Cottage on foot with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.
Includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged and prepared by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

More info on our website HERE

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

NATURE ART WORKSHOP

  • 5th Nov 2pm-6pm

Join artist Janet Ranson for a Nature Art immersion workshop.
We will meet at the Veld and Sea classroom for an intro to Nature and Land art with historical and contemporary examples plus introductory demo’s and exercises. This will be followed by a walk through the fynbos to a ridge above the nursery, where each participant will find a site to start their land art piece. We will end with a discussion over soup, salad and a botanical cocktail back in the classroom.

Janet Ranson is a painter, educator and nature artist with a passion for art and the beautiful Cape fynbos. She finds inspiration all around her. She works from and in the natural environment, walking, sketching, creating temporary land art installations and collaborations – and using all these to inform her energetic paintings. Bold gestures suggest growth, movement and the flickering light of a windswept mountainside, with succeeding natural phases reveled in washes and layers of paint. For more information on Janet Ranson and her beautiful art, please take a look at her website HERE

Cost: R350 per person

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

  • 26th Nov 11am-3pm

Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar and foraging teacher Roushanna Gray 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.

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

COASTAL FORAGING + HANDPLANE WORKSHOP

  • 17 Dec 10am

We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to the Burnett Wood Surfboards workshop for a coffee and a snack before starting on your handplane creations under the expert guidance of Patrick Burnett. This handplane course offers the opportunity to make a functional and beautiful surfcraft out of wood in one day. Participants will learn about the enjoyment of bodysurfing, the design dynamics that underpin handplanes and the pleasure of shaping something out of wood. Participants walk away with their own self-crafted handplane. Learn more about Patrick and his craft in this beautiful video clip HERE

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

WHAT TO BRING:
Beach gear, slip-slops or booties, your mollusk permit (essential – available at your nearest post office), cameras, water bottle, a sense of humour and an appetite! Also please bring your drink of choice for yourself to enjoy with the meal

BONUS:

Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day. 

PRICE:
R1200 p/person. Full payment will secure your booking. Please note, this is a small workshop and only 6 spaces are available, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

TIME:

9.30am

VENUE:

Scarborough beach + Burnett Surfboard Workshop

TEACHERS:

Patrick Burnett and Roushanna Gray

Pelargonium graveolens

There are many different species of the rose-scented Pelargonium. With the Pelargonium graveolens being my personal favorite, it is the one I most frequently use. Just a mere stroll past a Pelargonium graveolens, and crushing a leaf under your nose can inspire a host of tea-time recipe ideas including iced teas, jellies, scones, cupcakes, ice-cream and much more. Used in the correct way, this delicate fragrance can be carried out into your food. If you simmer the leaves gently in some milk, you will be left with a kind of fragrant milk. NOTE: Be careful not to bring the milk to a boil as this will leave a leafy taste.

Spearmint chocolate cake with rose Pelargonium chocolate-truffle icing

Serves 8

FOR THE CAKE

What you will need:

½ cup of cocoa powder

1¾ cups of flour

1½ cups of sugar

½ cup of oil

1 cup of spearmint tea (simmer spearmint in water for 5 minutes)

2 tbs spearmint, chopped

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 eggs, separated

Method:

Sift the flour and cocoa into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients, except for the egg whites. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until they are stiff and then carefully fold them into the cake mixture. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for approximately 40 minutes. Test to see if the cake is ready by gently pricking the cake with a butter knife, and if the knife comes out clean; your cake is ready to come out of the oven.

FOR THE ICING

What you will need:

175 ml of cream

1 slab of milk chocolate, crushed into tiny pieces

A handful of rose-scented Pelargonium leaves and flowers

50 g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

Simmer the leaves, butter and cream over a low heat for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a metal bowl over the crushed chocolate. Add the vanilla essence and beat with a whisk until smooth. Leave the icing to cool. Once it has hardened slightly, ice the cake and decorate it with the Pelargonium flowers.

Pelargonium cake

What is the difference between Geraniums and Pelargoniums? They both come from the same family or Genus called Geraniaceae. An easy way to tell these two species apart is observing them when they are in flower – Geraniums have five petals all of equal size and Pelargoniums have two petals of equal size at the top, and three of a different size below.

How to grow Pelargonium graveolens

Pelargonium graveolens, or more commonly known as ‘rose-scented Pelargonium’, is an easy-to-grow shrub, and grows to a height of one metre. Pelargonium grows naturally from George, through the Eastern Cape, and northern regions, right up to Zimbabwe. It grows best in moist, semi-shaded positions. Pelargoniums flower right through from August to January. The flowers are easily distinguished by their distinct white, pink or mauve-coloured flowers. Pelargonium leaves can be used to make a tea to treat stomach ailments. The tea or crushed leaves are also good for treating symptoms of insomnia.

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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

Yoga + Foraging Retreat

YOGA + FORAGING RETREAT

Rejuvenate yourself with a coastal immersion.

DATE: Feb 20th
TIME: 9.00 am till 4.00 pm
WHERE: Cape Point (beach to be announced closer to event)
COST: R500 per person or R1800 for a group of four.

This day retreat is all about tuning into the natural flow of things. We’ll start at the beach, when the tide is low, with a nourishing pranayama and wild foraging adventure. We then move to Shamballah Tea House & Holistic Centre for a gentle mid-morning, hatha flow. After that you’ll enjoy a seaweed inspired, vegan lunch made from the fruits of your labor. At the end of the day, you’ll get to drift away to a guided yoga nidra relaxation and will be pampered with a foraged seaweed facemark. Leave floating and nourished, reconnected to natures’ bounty and rejuvenated in mind, body and spirit.

What to bring:

  • A hat and some sunscreen
  • Yoga mat
  • Wear comfy clothes you can move in
  • Water bottle
Facilitators:
Roushanna Gray – Wildfood teacher
Alana Cremonte  – Yoga teacher
To book:
Email roushanna@hotmail.com

Forage Vegan Pop-up dinner

What happens when you put a vegan chef and a wild food innovator in the kitchen together? Something fresh, festive and fantastic…take a look at Parusha Naidoo and Roushanna Gray’s first collaborative dinner that happened in the Veld and Sea foraging classroom at Good Hope Gardens Nursery. Gorgeous photos taken by the talented Gabrielle Holmes.

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A big thank you to all our wonderful guests who attended, to Mount Gay Rum for donating some of their delicious Black Barrel rum that worked so beautifully in our botanical cocktails and to Skermunkil for the use of her stunning ceramic bowls and spoons.

To join the next #foragevegan Food Art Feast happening in on the 16th of January 2016, take a look at the Food Art Feast Facebook event page for details and updates. To book and for more info, please contact roushanna@hotmail.com