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LATEST NEWS...2017 COOKING HOLIDAY DATES AT FINCA AL-MANZIL

2017

February 25 - March 04        March 25 - April 01         April 29 - May 06           May 27 - June 03

September 23 - 30                 October 21 -28

 

FINCA AL-MANZIL COOKING HOLIDAY 2017

A COUNTRY HOUSE IN THE HEART OF EXTREMADURA where you can stay at the cortijo and learn how to create delicious feasts. 
A seven or four night holiday with cooking, relaxing, exploring historical towns and delightful country walks in the stunning Sierra de Montanchez. 
Our cooking style is a fusion of Iberic and Moroccan cuisine.



The holiday includes cooking, walking, well-being, cultural visits and country life.
We create and enjoy sumptuous Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Iberic feasts at the cortijo of Finca al-manzil

Please check the web sites to see accommodation and also some of our walks and cultural visits-
www.finca-al-manzil.com
www.finca-al-manzil.blogspot.com


There has been much acclaim for the dinners prepared at the finca so we have decided to share our secrets and run a creative cooking course several times a year.

The cortijo kitchen is spacious with all the special equipment and implements needed to create delicious dishes from Morocco, Middle East, Spain and Portugal. We use natural fresh local vegetables, meat, fish, fruit and herbs; the spices are imported regularly from Morocco.

Our aim and pleasure is to inspire enjoyment of the food in the well designed and decorated surroundings of the finca. 

Dinner will be the highlight of every day; starting with tapas which we have had fun inventing then we eat dinner around the huge dining table or in the garden if the evening is warm. 

Possibly dinner will have been cooked in the traditional clay oven or over a charcoal grill. We serve Extremeña wines and maybe with coffee a special liqueur from the Jerte valley or some aguadente made from the medroño or wild strawberry bush.

The accommodation is at Finca al-manzil cortijo or barn and a neighbouring house all in beautiful, peaceful situations with splendid views of countryside and up to the peaks of the mountains. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms; there is a choice of single occupancy or shared twin room or renting a whole house for your own use. The sitting room has a wood burning fire for chilly nights and there are two terraces for gazing at the stars.

The swimming pool is a wonderful place to completely relax, it's in a lovely situation with great views.






The classes are open for a maximum of 6 people and minimum of 1 person. 
Discounts are available if you are able to arrange your own group of 4 friends or more. 

Our holidays are designed on a weekly or 4 night basis and integrate an interesting programme of cooking, walking, nature observation and culturally based activities.

Visits to Merida, Caceres, Trujillo and Montanchez.

We also enjoy introducing our guests to any fiestas or seasonal agricultural  activities  that are going on, such as the grape harvest for wine making in September and the olive harvest in November and December.

THE HOLIDAYS

7 nights holiday at Finca al-manzil or neighbouring house with the following daily programmes, 3 days of cooking and eating the preparation for dinner, 3 days of alternative activities with dinner at the finca.
OR
4 night holiday which follows the itinerary for the 3 cooking days on consecutive days


WHEN DO WE OPERATE?

All year except for July and August the hottest months which limit time for the more active part of the holidays. 
The climate is excellent in the sierra; Spring and Autumn, February – June, September - October are delightfully warm and sunny. Winter, Nov. Dec. and January are less warm but usually sunny and bright with of course more rain. It rarely rains for more than a few hours. We have a wood burning stoves and a cosy atmosphere for the chillier days.


SEVEN NIGHT COOKING HOLIDAY
PRICES
DOUBLE ROOM FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ENSUITE BATHROOM)       €950 PP
DISCOUNT FOR 2 PEOPLE SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM                          €775 PP

INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION AT FINCA AL-MANZIL ; ALL DINNERS AND LUNCHES COOKING TUITION ON COOKING DAYS.

DOES NOT INCLUDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON EXCURSIONS 

DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN GROUP OF 4 - 6 FRIENDS.  

NB. Non-cooking partners and friends are welcome. 
Optional-  some hours of creative cooking or cultural tours or simply enjoy the wonderful location, food and wine. Prices on request
             

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT FINCA Time to get to know your surroundings, meet the other guests and relax after your journey. Dinner prepared by Pippa


DAY 2 COOKING DAY - MOROCCAN

Breakfast

10.00 – 14.00 - Moroccan Cooking tuition, preparation and cooking of a selection of Moroccan dishes using typical ingredients and spices. Lunch is a healthy light salad with local cheese or jamon, fresh bread and maybe a juice, smoothie or spritzer . Time to relax, a siesta, a swim, some reading or photography perhaps


17.00 – 18.00 or 19.00 for longer walks 
An optional afternoon walk in the sierra. We see the rich bird life and wild flowers of the sierra and the local agricultural activities, olive and fig groves, sheep and the iberic pigs nurtured on acorns in the woods. There are also mountain bikes if you prefer a ride on the quiet lanes around the finca.

Depending on the time of the year we participate in olive harvest (Dec/Jan) grape and fig harvest (September) Wild Asparagus picking in Spring. Visit to WOMAD in Caceres (May) Medieval Fair in Caceres (November) Usually every month has a local fiesta going on which we can visit.

A pause for another swim or preparing yourselves for the evening, we believe in making a special evening every evening, the table will be looking very pretty and the food is going to be stupendous.We are on Spanish time so tapas and drinks at 20.30 and dinner at 21 ish. Now the rest of the evening is up to you, you have had an interesting, active day so now relax, enjoy and converse.

DAY 3

Trip to Merida to explore the largest collection of Roman ruins besides Rome. 


Walk over the 2000 year old Roman bridge into the town where we will visit the impressive theatre and superb museum of Roman art.Time for some shopping or a break in the attractive plaza.Visit the traditional covered market for ingredients for tomorrows cooking. Lunch in a traditional bodega with great collection of bull fighting memorabilia on the walls.Back to finca for relaxing afternoon. Dinner prepared by Pippa , observers and helpers welcome


DAY 4 -COOKING DAY -IBERIAN As day 2 using some of the ingredients that we bought yesterday for preparation of Spanish and Portuguese dishes for dinner.

Afternoon as day 2

DAY 5
Trip to Trujillo a stunning historical town with the most atmospheric Moorish lanes and wonderful views.


A guided tour by Pippa.  Lunch in one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain.  Back to the finca. Afternoon as day 2. 
Dinner is prepared for you by Pippa but you can join in with preparation of creative tapas before dinner.


DAY 6 
Breakfast.
Visit to our local villages to stock up on delicious ingredients which will include a visit to a cheese maker and a tour of the jamon curing in Montanchez. Lunch in a local bodega.

An optional walk through the gorgeous mountain scenery to the garganta de molinos, the watermill gorge, and back down to the finca. A wonderful walk which takes 2 hours in total. Relaxing afternoon at the finca.

DAY 7- COOKING DAY- MIDDLE EASTERN

Breakfast.Preparation and cooking with typical Middle Eastern ingredients and spices. Various dishes including an array of mezes for lunch and more substantial dishes for dinner.

Relaxing afternoon at the finca.  
Extra special Farewell Dinner.


DAY 8 DEPARTURE

Goodbye!  With promise of receiving all the recipes during your holiday by e mail plus many others from previous holidays


FOUR NIGHT COOKING HOLIDAY

PRICES
DOUBLE ROOM FOR SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ENSUITE BATHROOM)       €700 PP
2 PEOPLE SHARING A DOUBLE ROOM                                                  €550 PP

INCLUDES ACCOMMODATION AT FINCA AL-MANZIL ; ALL DINNERS AND LUNCHES COOKING TUITION ON COOKING DAYS.

DOES NOT INCLUDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON EXCURSIONS                                                           

DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ARRANGE YOUR OWN GROUP OF 4 - 6 FRIENDS. 

NB. Non-cooking partners and friends are welcome. 
Optional-  some hours of creative cooking or cultural tours or simply enjoy the wonderful location, food and wine. Prices on request

ITINERARY

DAY 1 ARRIVAL AT FINCA Time to get to know your surroundings, meet the other guests and relax after your journey. Dinner prepared by Pippa
DAY 2 COOKING DAY - MOROCCAN

Breakfast

10.00 – 14.00 - Moroccan Cooking tuition, preparation and cooking of a selection of Moroccan dishes using typical ingredients and spices. Lunch is a healthy light salad with local cheese or jamon, fresh bread and maybe a juice, smoothie or spritzer . Time to relax, a siesta, a swim, some reading or photography perhaps
17.00 – 18.00 or 19.00 for longer walks 
An optional afternoon walk in the sierra. We see the rich bird life and wild flowers of the sierra and the local agricultural activities, olive and fig groves, sheep and the iberic pigs nurtured on acorns in the woods. There are also mountain bikes if you prefer a ride on the quiet lanes around the finca.
A pause for another swim or preparing yourselves for the evening, we believe in making a special evening every evening, the table will be looking very pretty and the food is going to be stupendous.We are on Spanish time so tapas and drinks at 20.30 and dinner at 21 ish. Now the rest of the evening is up to you, you have had an interesting, active day so now relax, enjoy and converse.

DAY 3 -COOKING DAY -IBERIAN 
Preparation of Spanish and Portuguese dishes for dinner.

Afternoon as day 2

DAY 4 COOKING DAY- MIDDLE EASTERN

Breakfast.

Preparation and cooking with typical Middle Eastern ingredients and spices. Various dishes including an array of mezes for lunch and more substantial dishes for dinner.

Relaxing afternoon at the finca.  

Very special Farewell Dinner.

DAY 5 - DEPARTURE
Goodbye!  With promise of receiving all the recipes during your holiday by e mail plus many others from previous holidays

WHEN DO WE OPERATE?

The holidays are run all year except for July and August the hottest months which limit time for the more active part of the holidays. The climate is excellent in the sierra; Spring and Autumn, February – June, September - October are delightfully warm and sunny. Winter, Nov. Dec. and January are less warm but usually sunny and bright with of course more rain. It rarely rains for more than a few hours. We have a wood burning stoves and a cosy atmosphere for the chillier days.

 

Synopsis
  • Discounts for winter and early spring. Don't miss WOMAD in May. Don't miss Merida summer festival.
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