Since I absolutely love cooking and learning about different cuisines, we booked a Moroccan gastronomy class at La Maison Arabe cooking workshop for half a day. It was definitely one of the holiday highlights for me!
La Maison Arabe is an elegant 5-star boutique hotel situated in the Bab Doukkala neighbourhood, in the heart of the historic medina. The hotel’s workshops are held in a modern and well-equipped teaching kitchen. The workshops are conducted in small groups and instructed by Dada (traditional Moroccan cook), alongside a translator (Arabic/English/French).
Each of us made our very own chicken tagine with preserved lemon, olives and saffron. Tagines are a historically Berber dish, named after the type of clay pot in which it is cooked in. The pot consists of two parts: a flat and circular base with low sides and a large cone-shaped cover that sits on the base during cooking.
While the tagines were cooking we practised making the Khobz bread with Dada and then took it to the local bakery for baking. I heard this is how the locals do it every day – the bread is made at home and brought to the bakery. Usually, the family’s children will pick it up and bring it home at lunchtime.
We also learnt how to make two Moroccan salads: Zaalouk with aubergines and tomatoes and Taktuka with green peppers and tomatoes. Both delicious!
All around fantastic day, we both highly recommend!
I wanted to share my favourite recipe for the aubergine salad, so do give it a try and I’m sure you’ll love it! Just click on Zaalouk Salad.
LA MAISON ARABE COOKING WORKSHOP
1 Derb Assehbé, Bab Doukkala, Marrakech Médina | (+212) 5 24 38 70 10 | website