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Moroccan Cooking Workshop

Berber Cookery Course at Dar TassaM

Moroccan cuisine is extremely exciting, appealing to look at, delicately spiced with subtle blends of flavours, full of fresh ingredients and delicious to eat. It has been described as ‘the perfumed soul of Moroccan culture’, a blend of Berber, African, Arabian and European influences. During this stimulating workshop at Dar Tassa you’ll have the opportunity to prepare your own 3-course meal in a professional kitchen workshop environment with the support of an experienced Moroccan chef and an interpreter.


Duration 2.5 hours Tour Starts Dar Tassa
Group Size From 1 to 8 Tour Ends Dar Tassa
Trip Type Experience Prices From £25 pp (Resident Rate)
Operating Season All Year Round Operating Days Daily – AM or PM


An Introduction to Moroccan Cooking

Cooking class - herbs & spicesDrawing from Arab, Berber, Jewish, African and French traditions, Moroccan cuisine is widely recognised and provides a healthy diet. Morocco is home to an abundance of locally grown fresh food, due to the wonderful year round climate and extensive irrigation.

Used with an imaginative range of spices, herbs and oils, the produce creates a distinct range of tasty meals including Tajines, Couscous, Salads and Berber flat breads. A wander round a souk gives you a sense of the immense range of fresh vegetables and fruits available to Moroccan families and chefs.

Our Berber Cookery Courses

Cooking class at Dar Tassa (2)If you are expecting some sort of regimented classroom style cookery course then its best you do not read any further. Our Moroccan, Berber cooking courses are more about spending some quality time in a beautiful location and taking a more intimate and personal approach towards the Berber style of cooking:

By definition, most Berber cuisine is ‘slow food’ and the Berbers themselves seldom rush anyway so you need to be somewhere scenic, atmospheric and relaxed at the same time. It’s all part and parcel of the Berber experience.

The Dar Tassa Cooking Experience

A really tasty lunch time tagineYou experience the cooking from start to finish, from buying the spices and fresh produce at the weekly markets*, to enjoying the meal while soaking in the lush mountains and village life surrounding you. The cookery courses are run by our resident chef, an experienced Berber cook whose trade secrets have passed down her family for generations.

Our local manager will do the translation to English and will be assisting in the course as you learn about the techniques of traditional of Berber cooking. Our cook provides a wealthy source of information in Moroccan cuisine, cooking methods, and spices. Dishes are cooked in traditional earthenware Tajines on a Majmar, a charcoal burning brazier.

Typical Dishes

Some examples of the dishes available include:

>  Chicken Tajine with picked lemons and olives
>  Beef Tajine with figs and walnuts
>  Beef with dates and almonds
>  Lamb or Chicken Cous Cous with seasonal vegetables (vegetarian options are also available).

You can cook a main course with either a dessert or starter.

You also have an option of experiencing the making of Berber flat bread cooked in a Teket, a traditional outdoor, clay oven.

After the cookery lesson you can sit back and sip Moroccan mint tea and wait for your day’s labour to form into a delicious, home cooked, fresh meal. Hopefully you will have enjoyed the course enough to try Berber cooking at home too!

*Souk days:  Tuesday – Tahanout, Thursday – Ouirgane, Saturday – Asni.

Prices, Departures & Essential Booking Information

Prices £25 pp (based on 4+ travellers); £30 pp (based on 3 travellers); £40 pp (based on 2 travellers)
Included Services of cook and an interpreter, use of cooking utensils and kitchen equipment, provision of food to prepare a 3 course Berber lunch.
Excluded Drinks, optional transport to local market, tips and items of a personal nature.
Price Validity From 01 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2013


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