Sophia is French/Moroccan so her roots are in this country and Rob is Australian and a professional photographer, check out his website his photography is fabulous. They were married in Morocco and have said this picture below is the moment that inspired their book.
They have been exploring Morocco gathering recipes and a deeper understanding of Moroccan cuisine from people from all walks of Moroccan life. Some of the recipes shared with Sophia have been written in Arabic, the trip presents many challenges..long days writing and poor internet connection being just two of them. These boys below are carrying trays of bread to the local bakery before school and the other gentlemen sell donuts on the beach.
Filming a talented Moroccan Chef going through a recipe...all the cameras are out as they don't want to miss a thing.
Taking a break to gather their thoughts, a beautiful decorative front door, chicken tagine and mint tea. The tea ceremony is sacred in Morocco and there is quite an art form to the pouring of the tea. The higher the pour the better, which takes a bit of practice.
Sophia had to wash two carpets in exchange for the family recipe.
They were invited to shoot this birthday dinner by an interior designer and owner of Jnane Tamsna, a boutique riad set amongst the Palmeraie on the outskirts of Marrakech, it was her sisters birthday dinner...what a beautiful setting.
I can't think of a richer experience..going to a country getting out amongst the people and talking to them about their recipes and way of life. I can't wait for the book to come out. If I've whet your apetite you can follow Colour of Maroc on their Facebook Page or their blog Colour of Maroc.
Thank you so much Sophia and Rob for giving me permission to use your wonderful photographs and I wish you well for the rest of your trip.
(excerpt copyright Colour of Maroc. Images copyright Rob Palmer)