One of the top activities that I can recommend is to take part in a cooking class. I have done two cooking classes and enjoyed both allot.
The experience for both were totally different therefore I will give you a overview of each of the cooking classes and if you end up choosing to do one of these, hopefully I was able to match you to the course you enjoy the most.
This was the first cooking class that I took at Riad Monceau – www.riad-monceau.com/cookery-school.
On arrival you are made to feel at home in stunning surroundings, and with true Moroccan hospitality offered a mint tea. On the whole this is a stunning Riad and the cooking class was really good too.
This event we were taught to cook a traditional Tagine, and starter. The tagine was done on little small tagines for one and each person get to make their own.
We were also taught to cook a traditional starter with a roll of vegetables in a kind of traditional Moroccan philo pastry.
The class consist only of cooking and no venturing out where as Dar Zaman offer a option to have a wonder to the local market.
After all the foods prepared, the riad set up a stunning location to have lunch in their restaurant. The food off course was delicious and lovingly prepared.
This was the second cooking class that I did – http://www.darzaman.co.uk/
This is a cooking class that took the opportunity to go out into the neighbourhood and learn about the communal baker, the hammam and the local market. During the venture out Hassan the host got us a few bits and bobs to enjoy however the ingredients for the cooking class was pre-purchased.
This class was done as a group and we cooked a traditional tagine in a modern way. The tagine was for 3 people as we were three guest that participated.
Part of this class we cooked three “Salads”. An Aubergine, Courgette and a tomato (More like a relish) “salad”, and a chicken tagine. Our host Hassan translated the chefs instructions and allow us to smell all the spices etc.
Again, this is a great class that started at 10am in the morning and lunch was served around 3pm in the afternoon, therefore this is a full day activity.
One great addition to this course is Hassan teaching us to make traditional Moroccan tea.