Guest Blog … A Trip to Annie B´s Spanish Kitchen
Sometimes, you need a little inspiration, sometimes you feel the need to explore and sometimes you just need a few days away, Well I wanted all those things, don’t mean to sound greedy, but I suppose I’m perpetually greedy In many ways.
Having started my new Venture of La Rosilla, Lifestyle and food , in the early summer, I am constantly researching for recipes, new ideas and like minded people, in any way I can, be it through books and references, visiting restaurants and markets and trawling and contributing to social networking sites.
One day whilst ‘Tweeting” I became ‘twiends’ with Family Life In Spain , so took a look at their excellent website, and blogs and all things Spanish for the Expat, during my perusal, there being advertised was Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen . I knew there and then after clicking on her site, this is where I needed to go, for my Inspiration.
So after many friendly emails, to Annie, I booked rather guiltily , well As a Mum you think there is always something more important than yourself, to go on my Foodie adventure.
I had a glorious sunny journey from the Campo of the Malaga mountains, along the coastline of the Costa del Sol, and into the stunning scenery change of the province of Cadiz. Stopping en route at Gibraltar for the obligatory grocery fill.
Reaching my destination of Vejer de la Frontera looming above me, on its perch overlooking the sea and foreign lands of Africa. The most stunning town, with cobbled streets, and traditional Andalucian Patio town houses. Many bars and restaurants all tastefully renovated and offering local dishes and tipples for even the most discerning palate.
I was met by Annie and led to her beautiful home and her superbly set up Spanish Kitchen, and immediately met fellow students graving on lunch they had prepared in the Andaluz patio, and was offered a chilled Rose, and excellent conversation, to really whet my appetite for things to come.
Our evening started on a Tapas crawl, through the traditional town, stopping off in many bars, to sample, Jamon and Queso, with a chilled manzanilla, then Tostados and Boquerones, to name a few. The little town was vibrant and lively with a buzz of good living.
My second day, was “Fruits if the Sea’, we headed coastal to the Market town of Barbate, to the amazing fish market. With fresh catches everyday, a hub bub of activity and bustle. Full of life, and vitality, here we bought Seabass and Bream, Anchovies and Prawns, along with fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits, sampling as we went, and learning also some of the more unusual campo delights.
Back to the kitchen,and cup of hot frothy coffee, before our lessons commenced. Annie expertly guided our small group through the dishes we were to cook and handed out our recipes for us to follow, it was very hands on, which is the best way to learn.
Salt baked fish, hand cured anchovies, Prawns with dipping sauce delicious, a little taster of fried Boquerones to keep us going and a soupcon of sherry, just in case ! We prepared Ajoblanco and a scrummy Tart with marinated dried fruits.
All this was hungry work, but time whizzed by, I could have stayed forever, and our late lunch was upon us. The sun put his hat on once more, and we were able to enjoy our lunch Al Fresco even in late November.
I met some amazing people, from Dubai, New Zealand, Scotland and USA all with one common interest. We chatted, we laughed, we ate and we drank together.
I felt rejuvenated, and inspired, to put into practise and share my love and knowledge with my clients at La Rosilla.
One thing is for sure, on my Eat, Love, Pray adventure, Annie B´s is the place for me.
So to all, Eat, Drink and be Merry,