Ancient Secrets is about exploring the richness of ancient cultures. It's about bringing new fragrances into your world, new flavours into your kitchen and expanding your palate. It's about sharing the knowledge and experience of various ancient cultures with people. We offer catering services for events, cooking classes, walking trips through some of the cultural enclaves in our community, and trips abroad for those looking to immerse themselves in the world's ancient cultures.
When I am not travelling to exotic destinations I spend my time teaching various ethnic cuisines. My main focus is on traditional ways of cooking, particularly in North Africa, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Central Asia and South East Asia. I began working in a vegetarian Indian restaurant at Laguna Beach, California in 1987 and have been involved with catering and teaching ever since. I currently lecture at Prue Leith Chef Academy. I am a traditionalist, and treat recipes as holy scripture, thus I will never create heretical fusion meals and prefer to keep exact recipes the way they have been taught for centuries.
Ancient Secrets caters events from private birthday parties to corporate team-building functions.
Every event is different and every detail discussed with the client before the function so it is exactly to their liking. Our catering functions include, weddings, year-end parties, birthday parties and corporate team building. Our events are exclusive, unique, and always unforgettable.
From the Beaches of Bali to the Markets of Marakesh.. From Vegetarian to Vietnamese... From Mexican to Moroccan... We explore our many various cultures through the medium of food.. Ancient recipes that have been passed down in villages for thousands of years come to life in comfort of your home... Learn about Galangal from Thailand ...Loomi from Arabia.. Neroli water from Morocco... Berbere from Ethiopia..
Classes consist of a minimum of 8 students. Taught in the privacy of your home. Particular cultural themes are explored through the use of food. We try to capture the essence of various world cuisines in a day workshop People are introduced to all things particular to a distinct cultures food. Spices, herbs, utensils pertaining to the various cuisines are used on the day. We learn where to buy various ingredients in our home town and how to prepare an authentic meal. Each class includes salads, side dishes, main meals, desserts and drinks particular to a cultural cuisine. All recipes and ingredients are provided...
Some of our cooking classes
Thai Vegetarian Menu
We do several tours a year to India, each with a particular focus, because to see all of India in two weeks would be impossible. Our tours are not about ticking off the most popular sights, but rather about immersing yourself in the Indian experience so that you return feeling transformed.
We stay in palaces, bungalows, hotels and ashrams ....places that are beautiful and comfortable... The emphasis is on authentic accomodation with good service and character (no Sheraton and no roughing it).
Tours include pilgrimage towns, temples, bird parks, forts, farms and palaces...we go for long walks in nature... eat on the side of the road... haggle in markets... meet gurus and sadhus. All the tours are custom made for what people want and require. Each tour has a minimum of six people and a maximum of twelve people.
If you would like to keep updated about cultural walks around Jo'burg on Saturdays then join the Ancient Secrets group on Facebook. Walks include: