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Absolutely stellar, a very enriching experience. I think they might do a different menu every day I was there on a Thursday, they mentioned doing a different menu the following day. If that's the case, it might be worth spending several days here. Have a few of your best French jokes ready to shut down the principal chef's husband btw. You'll see what I mean... Come prepared to throw it back in his face, it should add to the fun.
This was the outstanding day of our week in Marrakech. The driver picked us up on time at our hotel and took us and the other participants to the farmhouse for the cookery class. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Michel who is the epitome of French charm. We were also introduced to Ilham, his wife, who was teaching us that day. Introductions were made over a glass of mint tea - our fellow cooking classmates were, like us, keen cooks and had travelled extensively, so I knew we were going to enjoy the company as well as the class. Ilham demonstrated breadmaking, Batbout bread cooked on the stove top making it look so simple of course. Then Michel tested our knowledge of spices with some blind smelling. We wore special funky purple sunglasses, which was somewhat disorientating, which is of course the purpose, to shut down our senses. Some we all got but others baffled us - we all learned something new though. Then it was our turn to make the bread getting our hands into the flour and getting the right consistency was tricky at first, but Ilham was on hand to put us right. Next we prepared the beef tagine. Ilham talked us through it step by step, from the unique way of chopping onions the Moroccan way, cutting into the onion in a criss cross pattern, to preparing an artichoke which I messed up and then adding the ingredients to the tagine and using the spices, some of which we had been learning about earlier. Once we all had our tagine bubbling on the stove, Ilham prepared three salad dishes to go with our meal, an eggplant salad, a cucumber 'soup' and a tomato, cucumber and grilled pepper salad. While we watched this demonstration we nibbled on some home made savory biscuits which were delicious. Then while we waited for a tagine to finish cooking the class retired to the sunny terrace to chat about our day. The last demonstration was the making of Msemen, which is is a sweet pancake type dessert. The highlight of the day of course was sharing the food we had made on the terrace, with our fellow classmates. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish - we were all reluctant to leave. Michel is a charming host, with a sense of humour that makes the day a relaxed affair. Ilhad is an excellent and patient teacher. While we all learned new skills, most importantly we had fun, had good conversations and enjoyed a traditional meal in a lovely location.
A great experience shared with a great group of people. Thans to Micheal and team.
Excellent, friendly and fun, closed on Tuesdays and different food to cook every other day of the week. We went on a Thursday and made the beef Tajine with pears and caramelised orange. We also made the bread to go with it, best meal of the week for me.
We LOVED this day! The activity was so well paced and ended with such a delicious and relaxing meal! We learned and made out bread and tagine. We learned by demo to make several salads. And we assisted with part of making the crepes. On departure we got all the recipes as well as a little bag of spices. This tour is a must do!
Great team between Michael and Ilyam. Made the experience fun and lively. The group was pretty cool to be with.
Perfect class, menu, and chefs.
I really recommend it even for children.
Loved Marrakech but knew before we went August not the best time to go. Baking hot and heat quite exhausting. My biggest tip is not to choose a Riad near main square. They are mostly in one of the tiny alleys which traffic, except mopeds and bikes cannot drive in to consequently it's quite a hike in blazing heat to get anywhere, even to get to a taxi. Also note that most raids do not have lifts and if, like us, you find yourself on the top floor it's quite a hike each time to get to your room/apartment. Bikes and mopeds also a huge problem as they zoom around the tiny alleys at great speed. However apart from all of this, we found the whole experience absolutely fascinating and a completely different kind of holiday to our normal ones. The thing my husband and I both agreed on was the one day Farmhouse cooking course which was great fun and very informative.
We had a wonderful time. Michel picked us up and kept us entertained. The chef was wonderful and we made so many new friends. The setting was as wonderful as the food.
Loved this cooking class! Ilham and Pascal are wonderful, the place is beautiful, the food amazing, and they provide pick-up and drop-off to your riad. I highly recommend this activity! They off a hammam/cooking package deal with a hammam in the medina--take it!
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