Marrakech Retreat – Day 4 – Moroccan Cooking Class at Riad Zamzam
03 Monday Oct 2011
Hello my friends!
After an historic tour of Marrakech, and a trip to Essaouira on the coast the day before, we were excited to spend time in the old city to learn about Moroccan food and spices. In the morning of Day 4, after yoga and breakfast, we went to the beautiful Riad Zamzam for a Moroccan Cooking Class.
Many Europeans buy these Riads (300 year old traditional courtyard homes) renovate and convert them into boutique hotels with typically 5-7 rooms. Emma, the British owner, did a beautiful job of decorating each room and her lighting was especially stunning. We were welcomed with delicious mint tea and pastries!
Our menu included Moroccan salads of spiced carrots, potato and onion as well a traditional eggplant salad called Zaalouk. For the main dishes, we learned how to prepare Chicken Tagine with Oranges, a Veggie Tagine and then we had fun making cheese pastries called Briouattes, which they later fried. Rolling them proved to be harder than it looked! Emma had all the recipes printed out for each of us to take home. Everyone can’t wait to cook a Moroccan feast for their families!
Here is a short video of Emma discussing fresh produce. Click here: Moroccan Cooking Class at Riad Zamzam
We cooked the Tagines in the traditional way, not on the stove. Having eaten many tagines, I noticed a real difference in how it tasted! Very delicious.
After we finished preparing all the food, the staff cooked it and served us on their rooftop terrace. We feasted like kings and queens! It was some of the best Moroccan food we ate all week. See the eggplant and spiced carrot salads above!
Regina, one of our participants in Moroccan garb below, shared in a video about the food and in general about our retreat in Marrakech!
Click here to see her video!
In the late afternoon, we all went back to our Riad to rest for a while. Relaxing, sipping mint tea, or reading in one of the wonderful nooks made us all so happy. At 6:30pm, I gave a feng shui class teaching everyone about the Feng Shui Map (Bagua) and how to boost Health, Wealth and Love in your home and life. The Bagua and the 9 energy centers are laid out with pictures and illustrations in my book Feng Shui Your Life. I also shared many ways to create a sensual and healthy bedroom!
That night some of us went out to the famous square Jemma El Fna for dinner while others decided to hang out at our Riad. Jemma El Fna is a World Heritage Site and there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s a huge square in the middle of Marrakech with hundreds of stalls serving all types of Moroccan food, fresh orange juice, dried fruit and nuts, spiced tea where you’ll also see musicians, dancers, snake charmers, fortune tellers and thousands of people!
My husband and I love Stall #14 with it’s fried fish, eggplant, peppers, fresh fries and bread so we took everyone there. Some people also indulged in Moroccan spiced sausages at another stall.
It was another incredible day chocked full of new adventures! In my next post, you’ll read about our journey to Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains for a hike up to beautiful waterfalls.
Sending positive energy your way,
P.S. To read about our adventures and see pictures on each day of our Magical Marrakech Retreat, click below!
Day 1 & 2 - Yoga, Cultural Tour of Old Marrakech and Palaces
Day 4 - Moroccan Cooking Class
Day 5 - Shopping and Spa’ing in the Souk
Day 7 & 8 - Manifestation, Gratitude & Wrap-up!