Last year, when we were living in Marrakech, my friend Amanda from the popular food and travel blog MarocMama, invited me to experience first hand what her food tours are, a three hours guided walk where you eat the most representative Marrakchi & Moroccan food, which probably is completely different from all those fade, overcooked tagines you tried in your very fancy Moroccan-ish restaurant.
Strawberry season in France is a thing, you know? And is a short one since it last only from (usually late) Spring to Summer. I started to spot cagettes with strawberries from Spain in markets and supermarkets about late March, but it was just about these last weeks that I saw Gariguettes strawberries from Carpentras, a french variety that, next to Mara de Bois, are acclaimed as the favorites of french people. It was until then that the husband and I got the idea to jam them.
Our goodbye week in Marrakech was a great one. We enjoyed the incomparable hospitality of La Mamounia Marrakech, shared meals and cocktails with our friends (I found the best pizza in the city!) and thanks to Moroccan Guides, we finally visited Essaouira, a coastal city in Morocco I was impatiently dreaming to discover since day one.
A day spent with Quentin Bailly, Pastry Chef and Champion du Monde 2013, is a well spent one. In between ganaches, mirlintons, biscuits and fond de tarts, I photographed this young (he’s just 30!) but talented Masterchef and watched how he shares his magical wisdom; also known as technique of the art of pastry making.