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Totally Moorish
Totally Moorish
Totally Moorish
Totally Moorish

Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria is known as the Maghreb, "the land where the sun sets", and its inhabitants are historically known as the 'Moors'. This course introduces you to traditional Moorish cooking, a cuisine rich in fragrant spices, fresh herbs, pulses and grains. 

Course Details

The course starts with an introduction to all the traditional Moorish ingredients and methods of cooking. Cooking traditions are passed down from generation to generation by women with no precise measurements, recipes are not written down, but learnt by feeling and watching. Each family will have a different version of the same dish. Food from the Maghreb is known for its sweet fragrant spices, handfuls of fresh herbs, beans and couscous, nuts and dates.

You will learn to cook temping Moorish dishes such as:

  • Algerian breakfast bread 
  • Harrira - a spicy warming lentil soup - more like a stew
  • Squash or Broad bean Bissara - a traditional dip flavoured with toasted cumin
  • Fatima's fingers - filled with spinach,butterbeans and roasted red pepper
  • Rose Harissa- a very hot chilli condiment sweetened with rose
  • Moroccan Tajine - seasonal vegetables spiced up with harissa with couscous
  • Orange and Almond cake with seasonal fruit

For each course we choose the recipes that fit the season, depending on time of year, the availability and seasonality of produce.

The day will be a mixture of hands on and demonstration working in groups. We will taste and talk throughout the day and finish with a shared three course meal which we will have made together. You will receive a recipe pack full of tips and ideas at the end of the day.

I have really enjoyed it. It was a lovely day and Rachel runs a great business. She clearly knows how to turn a cookery class into an excellent experience for participants. I would recommend the Cookery School to anyone. Rachel's attention to detail is impeccable.

The layout of the day was perfect. I felt like I learned loads ... really enjoyable and fun.

I enjoyed the simplicity and flavours. The change to use spices I am unfamiliar with. Impressed by the ease.

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  • This is a past course but let us know if you'd be interested in this course in the future.

Dietary Suitability
  • <p>Vegan</p>
  • Dairy Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Soy Free

We will happily cater for those who are vegan, gluten-free or have other special dietary requirements. Please let us know ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.

Skill Level
  •   Beginner

Lydia Downey

About the tutor

Lydia is one of our lead tutors and specialises in World cooking.

Lydia comes from a food loving family and learnt to cook from an early age with her Chinese mother. She has spent all her working life involved with food.  Lydia is an excellent teacher, with a wealth of knowledge and creativity to impart alongside a warm personality.