As-Salaam-Alaikum

Hi, i'm writing this blog page to share information with all you wanderlust souls out there. Living in Morocco comes with lots of bizarre and unexpected events, which i thought you may enjoy reading about and sharing in the laughter.

My family and I moved to Marrakech 11 years ago from London. The beginning of a huge adventure for us. Choosing which country was right for us to live in had been an extremely long and tiring process. Having made a choice to move to Marrakesh, was in itself a big box ticked. We had two criteria lists, one for our business (opening and running a guesthouse) and one for personal.

Phase two of our journey then began. Setting up home in Morocco, also a non English speaking country with a very different culture to ours. Marrakech is a real melting pot of; languages, tribes, rich, poor, city slickers, country peasants. It sometimes reminds me of that place Luke Skywalker went to, to buy that space ship, with all those different intergalactic aliens. (Any one know what it was called?) After months of beauroctratic paperwork, rendez vous with people who don't turn up and renting from an unpleasant woman for a large amount of money, we bought ourselves a villa. This was not in the plan as we didn't want to tie up our capital in a home. I now realise it is one of the best things we could have done. When you've had a really difficult day here to be able to close the door and relax in your own place really balances you.

Zamzam Riad & Spa was eventually created out of love and we hope you will come and stay and be pampered in our luxury boutique riad.



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Cashew Catering - Raw Food Course in Marrakech - Zamzam Riad

So so excited to have these amazing chefs flying into Marrakech from London to train a small group of enthusiastic cooks for 3 days.  The Zamzam Chef Ilham will be using her new skills in our Summer menu and Daisy and I will be introducing new ideas and a Raw Retreat to the Morocco Reteats Programme.




Day 1 – Raw Foods.
12pm-6pm, 13th January

Introductions + set individual goals for learning!

Demo’s:
Nut Milks
Granola
Seed & nut crackers
Cashew & herb soft cheese
Sauces/dips
Lemon ice cream
Courgette & carrot ‘pasta’ w marinara sauce & polpetta

LUNCH BREAK

Practical/hands on:
Burger/kofta mix
Sweet & sour vegeatbles w cauliflower cous cous
Nori maki rolls
Almond fudge brownie
Tomato consommé w basil oil
Beetroot gazpacho w lemon ‘cream’

Demo: Chocolate torte

Day 2 – Cooked Foods
11am-5pm, 14th January

Practical/hands on:
Marzipan cookies
Millionaire Shortbread
Pumpkin pie

Aubergine & avocado maki rolls
Corn tortilla’s w pulled portabellos
Apple & ginger beignet w pickled cucumber

LUNCH BREAK

Demo:
Raw berry tart

Practical/hands on:
Black bean burgers w sweet corn salsa
Chick pea & coconut pasanda w tarka dahl & pilau rice
Cashew cheese pizza

Task:
Design and write the recipes in pairs for a 3 course meal, using the concepts you have been learning, that you will make tomorrow. We will guide you through the process as and where needs be.


Day 3Own recipes & chocolate making
11am-5pm, 15th January

Practical/assignment:
Students to create their 3 course meals in pairs with our support, when necessary.

LUNCH BREAK
Enjoy your amazing creations!!!

Practical & demo work - Chocolate making workshop
What is chocolate?
Basic raw chocolate recipe
Chocolate truffle making for all

Demo raspberry & dark chocolate tart

Closing hugs!


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Creating the Guest House

We had decided to buy land and build a country guesthouse as per our business plan, about 10 double rooms and suites. The dream was to create a holistic retreat and build our house on the same plot. We were going to have an organic vegetable garden and provide a Moroccan Spa.

Land in Marrakech at that time, went mad. Prices going up daily, lots of people fishing but not really wanting to sell. There is also a problem here of title. ie not much land is titled and to buy land without a title is very difficult, unless you have a lot of time on your hands and like a gamble. We looked at more land than you can shake a stick at, drank more mint tea than you can imagine and got totally no where. It can take weeks to even get a price. You may be being shown a piece of land that isn't for sale or has already been sold. After a year of this we said 'that is it!, we are buying a riad!'

I had a total nervous breakdown and couldn't talk to anyone for three days. He then said this doesn't have to be the end....... It wasn't I have now built an Ecological Camp Adounia in the Sahara Desert!