It all looked so exotic under its earthenware cone… I only wish I’d known what to look out for in a Moroccan tagine.
I didn’t know then but do now about the Tagine Cookery Class With A Local in Marrakech class which you’ll need to check out when you visit Morocco.
Anyone who has been to the Pink City will learn quickly that you’re always best to have a local show you around.
And not the False Guides who proliferate around Marrakech and in whose clasp I found myself when a chancer offered to take me to a Turkish barber.
But the credited guides, and ours was particularly knowledgeable and was also a sight better at bargaining on our behalves.
The class souk
They also obviously know their way through the souk which also helps, particularly when there’s a funeral procession running through it.
And this is what your cookery course organisers will handle, taking you through the souk where you will get advice on what herbs and spices to buy.
Before they get you to cook the tagine for yourself and your party in a riad. And all for just £45.15pp.
The perfect course
And yes, this would have headed off a battering at the pass that I took at the pass in the Atlas Mountains on a stormy day in Ramadan.
Our friends at the Moroccan tourist board are rightly flagging up the.charms of the Atlas Mountains and its environs.
The camel treks, the Berber song, drum and folk dance in the desert and the chance to sleep out under the stars.
Which for everyone else was in a tent but for me was in a toilet with no flush… lock on the door, or roof.
If only I’d known about the Marrakech cookery class.
Still, you do get a better star show from an open-roofed shack in the Atlas Mountains.