Edwina grew up in a home where dinner parties and entertaining were the life blood. She was a medical social worker. It was not until July 2000, when having shed everything, she left Australia bound for Spain with receipts for things to follow. Later, she bought a riad in Morocco, adding another culinary destination to her seeming empire. In February 2007, the doors were flung open in welcome.
Dada Hasna is House of Fusion Marrakech's resident chef. Dada teaches all the more traditional Moroccan dishes using her own recipes. Edwina and Dada have been cooking alongside each other for more than five years, quite the team!
I took the class on December 19, 2016, on my own. The location is in the medina, very easy to find with the help of Google maps. The house is beautifully decorated. The teacher, Edwina, is from Melbourne, Australia. Her helper is a young Moroccan lady who does not speak a lot of English. They are very nice people.
I discussed the things that I would like to learn with Edwina. Then, she taught me some Arabic words, which I used when we were shopping for meat and veggies in the local market. I made 10 delicious dishes and finished most of them. I came back to my hotel with a full belly, a happy heart, and a new friend. I strongly recommend it to people who love cooking and love Moroccan flavors. Thank you, Edwina!
Sheryl W. Australia
Edwina's riad is both elegant and comfortable, you immediately feel very much at home. Apart from being a beautiful place to stay at, it is situated right in the medina so you can easily walk to the square and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of old Marrakech. At relatively short notice, Edwina cooked our group a delicious tapas dinner, which was the best food we had tasted during our whole trip to Morocco. Edwina also makes a pretty deadly mojito! Perhaps the highlight for me though was the cooking class the following day. I was fortunate to have a one-on-one session with Edwina. We talked, we laughed, we cried, and we cooked! Together we prepared the most amazing eight-course lunch. Back home in Melbourne some of these dishes, including the beetroot and orange soup, are now part of my standard repertoire. The whole experience was just amazing. Thanks, Edwina.
It was a celebration and an adventure in a wonderful country full of friendly people. Edwina's riad is stunning, restful, and elegant. Our cooking classes were fun and enlightening, not forgetting shopping for our ingredients in the market trying out our skills in Arabic. The road trip was marvelous but tiring at times. We were privileged to visit much more than the usual tourist route. Two extra days would be good.
a traveler Australia
The House of Fusion is a wonderful, colorful reflection of its owner, the gorgeous Edwina. The riad, in the heart of old Marrakech, has been beautifully renovated. The bedrooms and bathrooms are very comfortable with personal touches. The riad abounds with art work and many collectables. Our road trip with Edwina through Morocco was an adventure to non-tourist areas. The House of Fusion cooking classes are fabulous!
a traveler Mexico
We wandered into the house, intrigued by the name, and stumbled into a wonderful experience. Edwina, the owner, is a gem. We left the riad Dar and had a wonderful experience with cooking classes, as well as a wonderful guide to Morocco. Rooms were comfortable and the food was great.
a traveler Australia
We stayed here for five nights as part of a cooking program with Edwina. If you are looking for the tourist experience with average tagines and usual spots visited, then do not come here. If you want to see some less visited places like the extraordinary Tinmal Mosque and have tea with a Berber family, then this is the place. Having said that, the real highlight here is the food. No place we ate at, including the Richard Branson Kasbah Tamadot and Relaix and Chateaux, came close to Edwina's food. These were the most sparkling flavors I have ever experienced. You have to try her version of a pigeon b'stilla; of course, after you try the beetroot orange soup and the amazing chicken with lemon tagine. Make sure you still leave some room for an astonishing rose water meringue with saffron custard.
It was a relaxed home-stay riad in the heart of the medina; we had very good Moroccan cooking lessons. We also had excursions into the countryside with opportunities to meet local Moroccans, camel riding, and an overnight stay in the Sahara. There were carpet buying opportunities and attractive overnight stays on excursions. A little more of free time was needed to visit gardens, galleries, and palaces, but this could be arranged with Edwina, who is very accommodating.
a traveler United Kingdom
We were staying down the road and walked past the House of Fusion each day. We were delighted with the fact that Edwina provided cooking courses. We booked the full half-day, which runs from 08:50 to 15:30 and starts with a chat about the type of food we wanted to cook and how to order it in Arabic. The trip to the market was great fun and I must say it was the freshest chicken I have ever cooked. The cooking was brilliant and we both learned so much about a great range of dishes, some of which I have already re-created at home to the delight of my family. Not only did we take part in the cooking course, we also had our New Year meal, which was delicious and mouth-watering. It was also lovely to sit with Edwina at the end of the evening and just chat about how she ended up in Marrakesh. It was a lovely evening that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for a great experience; I am looking forward to returning in the future.
Big thanks to Edwina for a great day's cooking. Authentic food, friendly company, and lots of tips and tricks for back home. Low key, local operation is very laid back; the visit to the local markets was very eye-opening and a great feature, while the food cooked and recipes were delicious!
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