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Dar Liqama in Marrakech - Cuisine

Several weeks a year, Dar Liqama is home to the international cooking school of the Rhode School of Cuisine, which continuously contributes to the training of the kitchen staff and the international menu enjoyed by the guests throughout the year.

In 2010, the one week course starts on 20 March, 9 October and 23 October; For later dates, please give us a call. If you are looking for a day/half day introduction to Moroccan cooking, we have other cooking classes shown on our Cookery page.

Some examples of the recipes you can be taught on the course are:-

  • Harira - Lamb & Chick Pea Soup
  • Matecha M'assala - Sweet Tomato Confit
  • Chakchuka - Grilled Pepper & Tomato Salad
  • Briouat el-Bstila - Quail & Almond triangles
  • Mechoui - Spiced Roast Lamb
  • Tajen Djaj bel Btata Lehleewa - Tagine of Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
  • Kseksu Bidawi - Couscous with seven vegetables
Saturday - Arrival at Dar Liqama

You will be met at the airport (are transferred from your previous hotel). There will be time to relax and settle into your room - you may even indulge in a steam bath, hot tub or a swim after your long flight.

5.30pm to 7:30pm - For those of you who arrive before the evening, you will have your first hands-on cooking lesson when you'll cook your first Tajine in Morocco.

7:00pm to 8:00pm - Cocktails on the roof terrace with breath-taking views towards the Atlas and Jebl Ette mountains.

8:00pm - Dinner in the grand dining room.

Sunday - cooking and tour of the medina

8:30am to 9:30am - Breakfast

10:30am to12:00pm - hands-on cooking lesson.

12:30pm to 1:30pm - lunch served poolside, weather permitting.

1.45pm - Depart the villa for a guided shopping tour of the souk in Marrakech Medina with someone to translate and negotiate for you. Feel free to roam and shop on your own if you wish, there will be a designated location to meet before departure. It is here in the Medina where you will also visit the Museum of Marrakech The ancient medina is where the souk merchants will tempt you with their textiles, pottery and ceramics, carpets, rugs, jewellery, woodwork, copper, brass, basketware and leather goods.

5:00pm to 7:00pm - meet at Djemaa el Fna Square for a tour of the major historic monuments of Marrakech, including the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace.

7:30pm - A special Champagne and cocktail hour with Moroccan musicians on La Terrasse des Berberes .

8:30pm - Dinner at the villa in the grand Salle a Manger

Monday - Cooking and free time

8.30am to 9:30am - Breakfast

10:00am to 1200pm - hands-on cooking lesson

12:30pm to 1.30pm - Lunch

1.45pm to 5:00pm - Free time to at the villa to enjoy the botanical gardens, play tennis, have a massage, exercise in the spa, take a steam, swim or relax by the pool. You may choose to go camel riding in the Palmeraie or to take advantage of the nearby equestrian facilities.

6.00pm to 7.45pm - hands-on cooking lesson outside at our unique exterior kitchen with thatched roof and traditional Moroccan bread oven.

8:15 - Dinner

Tuesday - High atlas

8:00am to 8:45am - Breakfast

9:00am - Depart for the High Atlas mountains

10.00am - Visit souk of Tahanoute

11.00am - Depart Asni/Tahanoute for Imlil

11.45am - Arrive Imlil, visit village and walk or mule ride to Kasbah

1.00pm - Lunch at the Kasbah du Toubkal

3.00pm - Depart Imlil

5.30pm - Return to Marrakech

7.30pm - Dinner in the grand Salle a Manger

Wednesday - Cooking and Gardens

8.30am to 9.30am - Breakfast

10:00am to 12.00pm - hands-on cooking lesson

12.30pm to 1.30pm - lunch

1.45 pm to 5:00pm - A visit to the subtropical Jardin Majorelle, considered one of the most delightful spots in Marrakech. The garden was created from the 1920s on by the French painter, Jacques Majorelle and is now owned and superbly maintained by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

6.30pm - 7.45pm - hands-on cooking lesson

8:15pm - Dinner

Thursday - Cooking and the Djemaa El Fna

8.30am to 9:30am - Breakfast

10:00am to 12:00pm - hands-on cooking lesson

12:30pm to 1.30pm - A poolside lunch at Dar Liqama

2:30pm- 7:00pm - part for a visit to the vast Djemaa El Fna Square. The hustle and bustle of the square will entertain you with snake charmers, magicians, tumbling acrobats and rows of scrumptious food stalls. You will also have free time to explore and visit the Koutoubia Minaret, considered the most perfect Islamic monument in North Africa. You will also have time to return to the souk for a bit of shopping.

7:30pm to 10:00pm - Dinner in the Medina. You can choose between the casual yet lively experience of eating in the square or the beautiful ambience of dining at Restaurant Moha with its central basin and musicians. Please choose in advance, as reservations are required.

Friday - Cooking and free time

8.30am to 9:30am - Breakfast

10.00am to 12.00pm - hands-on cooking lesson

12.30pm to 1:30pm - A poolside lunch at Dar Liqama

1.45pm to 5.00pm - relax and enjoy the beautiful facilities of Dar Liqama, a bit of tennis, a steam in the Hammam, a workout in the gym, a dip in the hot tub or simply lounge by the pool. If you book in advance, you can treat yourself to a massage, an aromatherapy capillary head massage, or other salon treatments.

6.00pm - 7.00pm - hands-on cooking lesson

7:30pm - GRADUATION! Get dressed-up for a last `soiree' and receive your diploma, that is, if you've been a good student!

8.30pm - Dinner

Saturday - free time

8.30am - 10.00am - Breakfast

10.00am to 12:30pm - Free-time at the villa and time to pack

12:30pm to 3:00pm - Buffet lunch

Transfers to the airport, or onto your next place to stay, throughout the day