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17 Days Cooking Holidays in Morocco

  • House of Fusion Marrakech, Marrakech - Tizi n’Tichka Pass - High Atlas Mountains - Sahara Desert, Morocco

Exclusive Food Tour Morocco

You are invited on a Moroccan escapade in Marrakech where you will sleep and dine sumptuously, enjoy a High Atlas gourmet picnic, immerse yourselves in fusion and traditional cooking classes, market in newly learned Arabic, and shop the souks for hearts' desires. You will then head off to the Sahara where you will have a class with a family near the Algerian border, sleep en-suite in a tent beneath the dunes, in an auberge upon the desert sands.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • 6-night inclusive road trip
  • Shop at traditional markets
  • Degustation dinner and gourmet picnics
  • 1 hammam gommage and massage
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with drinks
  • Airport transfers
  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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On this exclusive holiday, you will spend 10 nights at the House of Fusion Marrakech. You will also spend one night in an auberge (an inn) at a hidden oasis, two nights in a desert auberge upon the sands, one night in an en-suite camp, and two nights in a kasbah (a fortress).

House of Fusion Marrakech

The rooms of this lovely riad are reserved exclusively for guests booking culinary holidays. All rooms are doubles, except for Itri, which is a twin or king room. All en-suite bathrooms are inspired by Philippe Starck and have cascading glass hand basins. Bedrooms all have bedding by Simmons, walls of tadelahkt, tiled floors, regional rugs, French antique bed linen, antique Kasbah door headboards, toiletries, and fresh flowers.

The laundry services in House of Fusion Marrakech are included in the price. Your clothes will be washed, dried under the Moroccan sun, ironed or folded with a whoosh of rose water to finish. In House of Fusion Marrakech, you will find shampoo and body lotion in your room, and theres a fabulous hairdressing supply shop nearby if you want specialty shampoos. The riad has sun block for guests.

Friday - October 13, 2017

Welcome feast with Moroccan wines.

Saturday - October 14, 2017 - Gourmet picnic day

  • 07:45 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart from riad for gourmet picnic day along the Tizi n Test Pass to the mosque at Tin Mal followed by dinner and wine in the riad

Sunday - October 15, 2017 - 8 dish Moroccan fusion class

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:50 Class begins with a discussion as to the lunch menu
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time
  • 19:30 Champagne and tapas
  • 20:30 Visit to the big square, Djmna F'na for ginseng tea and sellou

Monday - October 16, 2017 - Day trip to Essaouira

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 07:30 Two-hour drive to Essaouira, a Portuguese settled port, to stroll the ancient medina with its artisans now occupying what had been chandlers' buildings, under the ramparts beside the sea wall. You will lunch at terrace top overlooking the Atlantic, where gulls the size of small cars circle and call as if in greeting for a wonderful time (drinks with lunch are not included) followed by dinner and wine at the riad.

Tuesday - October 17, 2017 - 10 dish lunch and dinner class

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Discussion as to the day's menu and optional trip to the market to shop
  • 10:00 Prep begins
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 19:30 Dinner and wine

Wednesday - October 18, 2017 - Cooking in a Berber village kitchen

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 90-minute drive to a valley village where it is market day. You will choose produce to cook for lunch with the family who awaits you with morning tea and their kitchen prepped. Mustapha, the glorious driver, will be with you translating the Berber of this region and telling the stories. After lunch, you will walk ancient olive groves and fields of bounty. This is followed by dinner and wine at the riad.

Thursday - October 19, 2017 - Shopping extravaganza

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Visit souks
  • 14:00 Lunch inside the medina followed by dinner on a terrace of a hip restaurant (drinks are not included)

Friday - October 20, 2017 - Road trip to desert begins

  • 06:45 Breakfast
  • 07:30 Depart the riad for the Tizn Tichka Pass and the oasis

Traveling up and over the Tizn Tichka Pass to an auberge in a hidden oasis, where you will stroll the riverbed, through the palms and fruit trees and dine terrace top in the most wonderful of settings, a trillion miles from everywhere.

Saturday - October 21, 2017 - To the desert

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:15 Drive through the spectacular scenery of Morocco's important date growing area, where the palms flow like a river all the way to Mauritania. You will stop at the Saturday market of Nkob, where date sellers will have their produce laid in makeshift stalls or in the open, where the bargaining fills the air and of which you will be a part, claiming a box to take to tomorrow's desert class for Fatima to make date honey with you.
  • You will have a roadside barbecue lunch here before continuing up the middle of Morocco to Rissani and then it's only half an hour to the turn off to the desert auberge. Dinner and wine at the auberge and perhaps a swim.

Sunday - October 22, 2017 - Cooking up a desert storm

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart the auberge for the class ‘cooking up a desert storm’ with Fatima and her family in their desert home, 30 minutes from the Algerian border.
  • Today’s class will be cooking the food of the region and cooking it in the community oven, pre-dating Islam. After lunch, you will go to an emporium hidden away to buy your scarves for the ride into the desert for dinner and the night, sleeping in en-suite delight, later in the afternoon. Tonight is grog free.

Monday - October 23, 2017 - Pre-dawn dune climb

Climb the dune pre sunup, for a sunrise spectacular, this will take from 15 to 30 minutes. Then it’s a slide down the dune to breakfast before climbing aboard your camel and returning to the auberge for a lazy day beside the pool before a wonderful starlit dinner with red wine, once more. For those of you who love to write, you could spend time with Edwina doing some diary writing beside the pool.

Tuesday - October 24, 2017 - To the kasbah

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Drive to the kasbah. You will lunch along the way under vines and arrive at the kasbah mid afternoon in time for a wonderful walk through the kasbahs below yours and through fields of nut trees and palms beside the river. Dinner, red wine, and the night in the kasbah.

Wednesday - October 25, 2017 - Hidden gorge picnic day

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Depart the kasbah for the hidden gorge, climbing higher than the sky, and passing the most wonderful earth-built villages and scenery to keep you knocked off your socks. Dinner and red wine in the kasbah.

Thursday - October 26, 2017 - To Marrakech

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:45 Trip to Marrakech with lunch in a garden along the way. A wonderful dinner awaits in the riad, prepped by Hasna.

Friday - October 27, 2017 - Hamman and massage

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Off to the Marjorelle Gardens, this is an option for those of you who would love to go, others may prefer to shop or pack or loll until lunch
  • 13:00 Lunch in the riad
  • 14:30 The ladies begin their hammam and massage while the men go for their nose, neck, and ear trim and a barber shop shave, nearby with Hakim, the barber
  • 16:00 The men begin their massage and hammam
  • 18:30 Champagne in the riad
  • 19:30 Depart the riad for the degustation menu in the Palmeraie (drinks tonight extra)

Saturday - October 28, 2017 - Soup, tanjia, pastries, and a farewell feast with wines

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Prepping the tanjia to marinade until you walk it to the hammam coals around noon. Then it's the soup prep followed by pastries
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 An afternoon in the souks for a little more shopping
  • 20:00 Tanjia farewell dinner and wines

Sunday - October 29, 2017

Flights back home.

  • Camel ride
  • Cooking in a Berber village
  • Explore Sahara Desert
  • Gourmet picnic day along the Tizi n Test Pass
  • Meet and cook with a Moroccan family, 30 minutes from the Algerian border
  • Scenic drive through Draa Valley and Rissani
  • Shopping in traditional markets for ingredients and souvenirs
  • Visit the 12th century Tin Mal Mosque
  • Visit the spice traders' market in Taliouine
  • Edwina Golombek

    Edwina grew up in a home where dinner parties and entertaining were the life and blood and this lifestyle continued for the million married years that followed but in July 2000, came the time for re-invention. Shedding everything with a key, she left Australia bound for Spain with receipts for things following. After a few years, with the re-invention still a work in progress, she bought a riad in Morocco, as a culinary destination for gourmands wanting to come, be and do fabulous, with cooking classes and way off the tourist trail, wonderful food, road trips, and picnics.

This vacation will take place in Morocco, including Marrakech and certain areas of the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert.

On this amazing holiday, you will be served 14 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 16 dinners. You will learn to cook and taste Moroccan specialties such as tanija, and you will also learn about Japanese treats like miso soup, vegetable tempura, sushi, sushi rice, and hanimaki. You will also discover the secrets of Moroccan tea by preparing it and tasting it.

Degustation sample menu

First course

  • Blistered eggplants in a chermoula of sweet red paprika, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and caramelized onion
  • A duo of wakha wraps; honey salted eggplants or caramelized peppers

Second course

  • Tanjia of lamb cooked over eight hours in the hammam coals
  • Butter roasted spiced and floured vegetables
  • Glazed zucchini shavings
  • Saffron mashed potatoes
  • Tomato jam

Dessert

  • Rosewater meringues folded over roasted almonds and caramelized orange zest served on a bed of chocolate ganache

On day 16, you can relax in the hammam (sauna), request a massage, or go to the barber shop.

  • 1 cooking class with a tribal desert family
  • 3 cooking classes at the House of Fusion Marrakech
  • 6 nights fully inclusive road trip
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with wine
  • Degustation Dinner at Les Deux Tours, the Palmeraie
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • God and Goddess pamper afternoon (hammam gommage and massage)
  • Gourmet picnic day along the Tiz n Test Pass
  • Beverages at two dinners and one lunch

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. House of Fusion Marrakech will pick you up from the airport.