One of the things I have been asked most is about the food during our hike. I have to say that Breem our chef for our Mount Toubkal tour is a king amongst cooks and that we ate very well indeed.
Breakfast was the only disappointment; Breem tried plying us with porridge but it had all the consistency and taste of wallpaper paste, so even he gave up making it after a couple of days. Apart from that it was mint tea, tea or coffee and bread with jam, smiling cow processed cheese and some uninviting looking bran flakes. I was quite happy with a bit of cheese or jam on bread until the bread got too stale up the mountain.
The procedure was that while we prepared for our walk, Breem and the porters started to dismantle the campsite and pack all of the kit and our belongings onto donkeys. We usually met up with our donkeys and porters again as they passed us by during the hike. Obviously, as folks used to the altitude and the hard climbs they could get across the mountain in less than half the time we could.
Each lunch time, Breem and the porters stopped and prepared the meal for our arrival. Each day’s lunch was a huge salad served in a large communal bowl and served with tinned fish and bread. Unfortunately, the bread got more stale as the trip went on, but Breem managed to revive it by toasting it after a couple of days and towards the end of our trip he made some excellent fresh and tasty flat bread for us.
The salad comprised of fresh onion, peppers, tomatoes, carrots and perhaps boiled potato, beetroot along with two kinds of yummy olives and either pasta or a spice flavoured rice. After lunch was a piece of fruit; usually a banana, orange or apple, and all served with mint tea.
Mohammed also had a snack or two up his sleeve, and would offer us dates or a mix of nuts and things that we called dog biscuits. While they didn't look anything special they were certainly tasty, and kept our coasts shiny and our noses wet.
By the time we had finished our hike Breem was well on the way to preparing the evening meal in his special cooking tent. Moroccan food is pretty standard fare although it is very healthy. Our main meal comprised of cooked carrot, courgette and aubergine either as a tagine or with couscous. The food is only very lightly flavoured with herbs or spices meaning that although the food was good, it wasn't the most exciting.
Early on during our walk we had lamb (and Moroccan lamb is really tasty as I guess it is slow grown in the hard conditions), and at the end of our hike Chicken, but meat was really only a minor part of the meal.
Before we ate our main meal we had a vegetable soup served with little shreds of noodles. I'm guessing our soup came preprepared but it was very tasty and filling. Again at the end of the meal we were offered a piece of fruit to finish. A final ritual was to have a glass of herb tea, or "sleepy tea" as Mohammed described it.
Overall, we had a healthy and fairly varied diet up the mountain and no one came down with Morocco's Revenge during the trip.