Inspirational Images of a Moroccan Culinary Trip with On The Go Tours

26 June 2013
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Liz Hadwell, a Flight Centre product expert recently embarked on a tailor-made 3-day Moroccan culinary expedition with On The Go Tours.

"I've always wanted to experience the incredible tastes of Northern Africa. The opportunity arose and I was delighted to head to Marrakesh with my mother - guided by On The Go Tours. The itinerary they arranged included personal transfers from the airport to the Riad, where we stayed. The following day we had a guided tour through the local souk to purchase all the ingredients for the cooking school. That afternoon we went to Souk Cuisine, a local cooking school, whose expert chefs showed us how to prepare tagine, salads and desserts."

"On the other days, we were guided around the old town of Marrakesh by horse and carriage and shown the new section of this fascinating city. While the culture is great, I loved the shopping opportunities - once I had the haggling down pat, I was able to secure some bargains. I'm now the proud owner of some jewellery, a traditional tea pot - which looks lovely on my mantle piece and some leather sandals."

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Buying Olives from the Souk

"In the morning, we were guided through the local souk to purchase our fresh ingredients that we would later transform into traditional Moroccan culinary delights. I was mesmerised by these olives piled high - and they tasted delicious too."

 

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Spices for Sale

"All Moroccan cuisine involves spices - so we also purchased the spices from the sellers. As part of the experience we had to had to taste the spices to see if we could guess which spice was which.  Paprika? Possibly. Coriander? Definitely. But I was stumped on cumin. I just love the way the jars are stacked."

 

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Olive Jars

"The locals quite creatively cut the olives in half and place them around the outside of the jar. It just looks really pretty."

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Souk Cuisine - Making Fakkas

"Back in the kitchen we made meatball tajine and Zaahlouk of courgettes salad. But I was hanging out for dessert. Here we're rolling the dough to make a traditional Moroccan biscuit called Fakkas, which we had after dinner with traditional mint tea."

 

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Pouring Mint Tea at Dar Essalam

"I was thrilled to enjoy a meal at Dar Essalam, a famous restaurant that Hitchcock used in his blockbuster, The Man Who Knew Too Much. We had salads, lamb tangines and a delicious savoury pastry dish. I was captivated by my host who rather theatrically poured our mint tea after the meal - very Hitchcock."

 

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Light Fixture, Riad Imilchil

"A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house where all the rooms open onto a central courtyard. We staying in Riad Imilchil, which provided a fantastic traditional, home style accommodation experience. Our courtyard had a plunge pool and dining facilities. Thoroughly recommend. I couldn't help but admire the light fixture in my room. "

 

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View From The Terrace

"From the terrace of the Riad, I took this photo of Marrakesh. You can see the Medina wall with the Atlas Mountains in the background."

 

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A Turtle, Jardin Marjorelle

"I was wandering through Jardin Marjorelle, which is owned by Yves Saint Laurent, and I stumbled across this ornamental pond with turtles and lilies. I was lucky to capture the turtle as he came up to nibble on the lily flower.

 

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