Discover the secrets of Moroccan home cooking as chef Yassine Harrak guides you through the souks and kitchens of northern Morocco.
Highly regarded among world cuisine, Moroccan food is known for its complex fusion of spices, fresh ingredients and the terracotta tagine in which numerous meals are cooked. With dishes ranging from simple, everyday meals to multi-course banquets the cooking traditions of Morocco borrow from the culinary talents of Andalusian Spain, Arabia and sub-Saharan Africa. When blended with native Berber cooking customs, these influences combine to create uniquely Moroccan cuisine. Tramp Imperial Travel and chef Yassine Harrak invite you to personally discover these traditions by joining us on our 2012 culinary tour, A Moorish Table.
The first of a series of Moroccan culinary tours, A Moorish Table explores the food and cooking styles of northern Morocco with visits to Rabat, Tangiers, Tetouan, Chefchaouen and the imperial cities of Fes and Meknés. Undertaking this culinary adventure with Yassine as your personal guide, you’ll discover true Moroccan home cooking and see that everyday Moroccan food possesses diversity and versatility for every occasion. Unlike other Moroccan tours, your exploration expands beyond just visits of the medinas, monuments and tourist sites to include places where locals go for good food and fun. From haute cuisine restaurants to favorite hole in the wall joints, Yassine will challenge all five of your senses as he escorts you through the regional delights of Morocco. Special dinners with Yassine’s family accentuate the importance of community in Moroccan dining culture, bringing people together to share good food, fun and the joy of life. A hands-on experience, you’ll learn to prepare Moroccan dishes that can become a healthy part of your diet. Delving into the lively vegetable and meat souks, spice quarters and shops of Morocco you’ll find the best of ingredients and Yassine will be there to explain the significance of each. Visiting these markets, you’ll meet fish sellers, butchers and spice vendors to acquire everything you’ll need to create flavorful dishes such as tagines, couscous, and tanjias in both old and modern ways.
Along the way, Yassine gives you family recipes and teaches practical Moroccan kitchen techniques that you’ll be able to take home with you. Secrets of famous spice blends like ras el-hanout, chermoula and la kama are revealed to you, too. You’ll learn how to combine spices and herbs to create complimentary tastes without one ingredient overpowering another. With this discovery, you’ll see how cooking with spices is like a symphony where practice, patience and love can make you a maestro.