I’ve just come back from my first ever visit to Morocco.
I can´t believe I have never been before, considering it is just over an hour away from Malaga airport. It was my first trip, but definitely not the last!
If, like me, you have acute senses then book your flight. You can´t do it right now? Follow me and I’ll take you on a culinary journey to Marrakesh.
First, we go to the Souk (a local market) to select the freshest ingredients. Tired and overwhelmed by the abundance of colours, smells and the general bustle, we stop for a refreshing glass or two of sweet mint tea.
We’re almost ready for a cooking class, but let’s linger just a little while longer.
“Smell the chargrilled lamb with all the exotic spices adorning it for a maximum flavour”
Jemaa el-Fnaa square is filling up. You can hear the tambourines, see the snake charmers, magicians and acrobats and most of all smell the chargrilled lamb – with all the exotic spices adorning it for a maximum flavour.
We are getting hungry, I think is time to cook, don´t you?
We start with a couple of salads, first Zanahorias Aliñadas; a mix of carrots with cumin, coriander and parsley. Then Ensalada de Calabaza, which combines butternut squash with chickpeas and tahini sauce.
After that, a traditional soup called Harira featuring succulent lamb, followed by a surprisingly delicious chicken pie (sometimes also made with pigeon) called Bisteeya. The surprise is in a mixing of sweet and savoury spices, to achieve an authentic Moroccan flavour combination.
And for a grand finale, a Yoghurt Soufflé Cake, light as a feather, with zesty citrus flavour topped with pistachios.
Let the feast commence!