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Cooking experience hosted by Elena

5 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We 'll meet in Marseille, where we will visit the local Marché des Capucins. Fresh food stalls, fruit and vegetables, spices, market with Arab and African influences.
We'll also visit a hidden gem, an old fashioned boutique selling all kinds of specialized cookware and last but not least we'll visit a herb pharmacy and spice shop.
Afterwards we'll travel to Roquevaire, about 30 minutes drive.

We'll welcome you to our home, where, while sitting in the sun with a tea or coffee, we’ll talk you through the menu of the day and the ingredients. We'll use local, fresh, seasonal and high quality products where possible. We’ll share our tips and tricks with you.

Weather permitting, we'll cook and eat outside, using our outdoor kitchen.

The class, without the visit, is 3 hours, hands on, talking & cooking & table setting & eating.

We'll make the lunch together, example of a lunch could be :

- home made flat breads with spiced yogurt
- vegetarian bhajias or chaat
- stuffed spiced aubergines and/or peppers
- a fish, meat or chicken curry or massala
- chocolate filo pastries with a dip
- tea

As we cook with the seasons the dishes will vary depending on available produce.
We 'll meet in Marseille, where we will visit the local Marché des Capucins. Fresh food stalls, fruit and vegetables, spices, market with Arab and African influences.
We'll also visit a hidden gem, an old fashioned boutique selling all kinds of specialized cookware and last but not least we'll visit a herb pharmacy and spice shop.
Afterwards we'll travel to Roquevaire, about 30 minutes drive.

We'll welcome you to our home,…

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What's included

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Equipment
    aprons will be provided

    recipes will be sent by email to our gue...
From $101
/ person

Meet your host, Elena

Host on Airbnb since 2014
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I am Catalan, have travelled the world and lived in many countries.
I am a 61 year old mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. I started cooking at home for my family at the age of 12, making the Sunday lunch at first and later the weekly evening meals.

At the age of 26 we travelled to Sri Lanka, where we visited a spice farm. Needless to say that we brought home many spices. Even years later, when opening this particular spice box, the smells would transport me back to Sri Lanka and its wonderful cuisine.

Always amazed what the addition of one spice or spices can do to a dish!

Over the years I have cooked meals for many guests, introducing them to new and exciting dishes from cuisines from all over the world.. We enjoy cooking so much that we took a year out to attend a culinary and gastronomic course in a renowned Belgian school.
I am Catalan, have travelled the world and lived in many countries.
I am a 61 year old mother of 4 and grandmother of 4. I started cooking at home for my family at the age of 12, making the Sunday lunch at first and later the weekly evening meals.

At the age of 26 we travelled to Sri Lanka, where we visited a spice farm. Needless to say that we brought home many spices. Even years later, when opening this particular spice box, the smells would transport me back to Sri Lanka an…
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Where you'll be

A local & folkloric market, this market has been going since 1956
A hidden gem cook and hardware shop, created in 1827
A herb shop created in 1815

Afterwards we'll be in our home, a villa on top of a hill with stunning views, surrounded by pine trees.
We are close to the villages of Roquevaire & Lascours and Pont de l'Etoile with the Garlaban on one side and the Sainte Baume on the other side.

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    Dietary preferences

    If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
    Pescatarian
    Peanut allergy
    Soy-free
    Vegan
    Vegetarian
    Gluten-free
    Tree nut allergy
    Shellfish allergy
    Egg-free
    Dairy-free
    Fish allergy

    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    Alcohol

    This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

    What to bring

    Good disposition & humor and patience !