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  • A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech

Want to learn how to make a super tasty tagine?  Then book a cookery class at the Riad Star, Marrakech!

One thing we both love is food (and travel of course).  I’m not the greatest cook in the world and I tend to leave all the cooking for Ian (ha ha).  It just so happened that the riad we were staying in Marrakech offered a cookery class.  Fantastic!  What better way to learn about traditional Moroccan food then to learn from a local chef.

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Pretty teacups


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Yummy chocolate mousse


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Golden pineapples


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Our Chef showing us the spices

The cookery class at the Riad Star is a half day course, which is available in the morning from 9am-1pm or in the afternoon from 2pm-6pm.

We decided to go for the afternoon slot so that we could enjoy the food as an early dinner.  Our chef, Khalifa, arrived at the Riad Star at 2.10pm ( don’t expect timings to be precise – it’s Morocco time!) and greeted us with a big friendly smile and kindly introduced himself.  Our private cookery class was to take place in the kitchen area of the open courtyard in the centre of the riad.  We had to select from the following dishes:

  • Appetizers: Briouates –  tasty triangle pastries filled with vegetables
  • Traditional Salads: Zalouk aubergine salad, Taktuka (tomato and pepper salad), sweet potato salad, cauliflower salad or apple and walnut salad
  • Main course: Tagine  – chicken with olives and preserved lemon or vegetable.  Or a chicken/ fish or vegetable pastilla
  • Dessert: Oranges with cinnamon, crepes or chocolate mousse

We opted to prepare the following:

  • Briouates 
  • Taktuka and a sweet pomme purée
  • Beef Tagine
  • Chocolate Mousse

First thing first, was to browse the local markets to select the ingredients for our Moroccan dishes.  Boxes and boxes of various fruit and vegetables of all colours, shapes and sizes were displayed out in the open.  One thing I thoroughly enjoyed was choosing the spices – being able to smell all the various herbs and spices which would uplift our food!  It was unusual to see that the spices were weighed and then neatly packaged from sheets of paper (in this case, an old notebook with someone’s homework on!).  The original idea was to prepare a lamb tagine, however there was no lamb available.  So beef it was!  Once all the ingredients were purchased, we headed back to the riad to start with the preparation.

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

So many olives to choose from


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Choosing spices


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Local market

Khalifa talked through each spice with us.  Then Ian and I were given the task to chop and slice the many vegetables.  Oh my …. let’s just say my chopping skills aren’t up to scratch.  Don’t worry, I didn’t slice my finger off!

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Spices

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Team work to make the briouates

Making the briouates was our favourite part.  Can you tell which ones I made??  We made enough to feed a huge family.

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Tasty briouates filled with courgette, carrots and cheese

The briouates were super tasty wrapped in a light crisp pastry (similar to filo), with flavoursome vegetables and the slight saltiness of edam cheese.  You could really taste the spices coming through with the first bite.

May I say that the Taktuka and the sweet pomme purée were well made (ha ha!).  The sweet juicy tomatoes and peppers with the parsley and coriander were heavenly.  The sweet potato was ever so creamy and smooth, not a lumpy potato in sight.

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Tasty Taktuka


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Sweet pomme puree

The beef took a while to soften but the end result was spectacular.  Tender pieces of beef with the sweetness from the prunes and a slight nuttiness from the almonds – the tagine was divine!

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Beef tagine with prunes and almonds

The chocolate mousse was Mmmmmm!  The mousse needed a bit more setting time in the fridge, otherwise the flavours were amazing.

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Chocolate mousse

We would highly recommend a cookery class at the Riad Star if you’re visiting Marrakech.  The class was informal, ever so fun and light hearted.  The chef was very patient with us and even took photos for us.  If you want to learn how to cook traditional Moroccan dishes, then book a cookery class. A fantastic and memorable experience!

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Look what we prepared


A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

Can’t wait to try the dishes

Price: 500 Dirhams

Book the cookery class through Riad Star.

Do you fancy trying your hand at making a Moroccan dish?  Try out the recipe below for the warm tomato and pepper salad.

Have you tried a cookery class in Morocco?  Did you enjoy the experience?

 

 

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* Disclaimer: The cookery class was complimentary by the Riad Star.  However, as always, all opinions are our own.


 

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A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!
Taktuka Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

A mix of sweet juicy tomatoes, peppers, parsley and coriander served warm

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ to 1 tspn Cumin - to taste
  • ½ to 1 tspn Paprika - to taste
  • ½ to 1 tspn Ginger - to taste
  • ½ to 1 tspn Tumeric - to taste
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 4 Large Tomatoes
  • 3 Mixed Peppers
  • 1 Handful Parsley
  • 1 Handful Coriander
  • Salt & Black Pepper - to taste
Instructions
  1. Chargrill the peppers in the oven until blackened. Transfer them into a plastic 

    bag and leave for 5 mins. Peel the skins off and then chop


  2. Slice an 'X' at the bottom of the tomatoes, remove the core and place them in 

    boiling water for 1 min. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in ice cold 

    water


  3. Remove and peel the skins off the tomatoes. Cut in half, squeeze out the

    seeds then roughly chop


  4. Chop a mix of parsley and coriander


  5. Chop the garlic


  6. Heat a frying pan with some olive oil


  7. Add the garlic, chopped tomatoes, salt and black pepper to taste and stir for 2

    minutes


  8. Finally add the chopped peppers and stir for a further 2 minutes


  9. Simmer for 5 mins and then serve


 

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!

 

A Fantastic Private Cookery Class @ The Riad Star, Marrakech – WhodoIdo: Being huge foodies, we thought it would be a great idea to learn how to cook a few traditional Moroccan dishes. What better way to learn than to book a cookery class at our riad. Get the chance to make Moroccan salads and tasty tagines!
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14 Comments

  • Debra 26/10/2017 (15:01)

    What an awesome idea to take a cooking class while traveling to get a taste of authentic native cuisine. Oh, and thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Lana
      Lana 26/10/2017 (15:11)

      It was so much fun learning how to make traditional dishes – highly recommend it! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Amrita 22/10/2017 (15:49)

    This looks spectacular. That tagine sounds interesting. But that mousse had my attention

    • Lana
      Lana 22/10/2017 (16:14)

      The chocolate mousse was delicious! Love chocolate too much! 😉

  • Sheri 22/10/2017 (14:47)

    I would have love to do this when we went to Marrakech! We ate so much food but I was all Tangined out after Day 10! I love this post and will be sharing.

    • Lana
      Lana 22/10/2017 (14:58)

      We were pretty much tagined out by the end of our holiday too! haha If you go back to Marrakech, you must book a cookery class – it’s so much fun! Thanks for the lovely comment Sheri! 🙂

  • Christa L Sagmoe 20/10/2017 (19:46)

    Everything looks so delicious. I enjoyed seeing the market pictures as well since I enjoy going to farmers markets!

    • Lana
      Lana 21/10/2017 (12:25)

      It was great visiting the local market and see the fresh produce. The beef tagine was tasty! 🙂

  • Rachel 20/10/2017 (18:37)

    Looks tasty! I also love the idea of taking a cooking class while traveling, I’ll have to remember that the next time I go on a trip!

    • Lana
      Lana 20/10/2017 (18:42)

      Food was so yummy! It’s great taking a cookery class, you get to learn how to make their local dishes! Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • May 19/10/2017 (16:23)

    It looks like so much fun!

    • Lana
      Lana 19/10/2017 (16:35)

      We had so much fun learning how to make these dishes. Food was super yummy too! 🙂

  • Laura Brawn 18/10/2017 (12:37)

    Amazing post! I want some of that chocolate mousse!!! X

    • Lana
      Lana 18/10/2017 (13:57)

      The chocolate mousse was yummy! Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

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