Entries by Anne Manson

Seville, 10 Reasons Why You Should Go Now

Known for its flamenco and tapas, the southern Spanish city of Seville is much more than spotty swirling skirts and pretty picture-postcard scenes. Cutting-edge cuisine, world-class art and intriguing Moorish architecture make for the ultimate all-in-one city destination.     1. Small Plates, Big Taste Whether you want a traditional joint with barrel-tables, serving tortilla […]

Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe with Egg & Olives

In Spain we’re blessed with an abundant supply of top quality tinned tuna in olive oil. It is also extremely affordable and forms part of the daily diet. More often than not, any house salad here will feature some juicy chunks of tinned tuna. In every single bar in Vejer, one of the most popular […]

Pestiños – A Sweet Treat for Cadiz Carnival

One of the things I love most about living in Vejer is that this corner of Andalucia has so much to offer throughout the year. Residents of Cadiz spend all year preparing for the city’s Carnival – held annually in February/March and centred on Shrove Tuesday. It’s a riot of colour, music and fun, and […]

Vejer in the Press… Again

Celebrity chefs on both sides of the Atlantic are loving all that’s delicious in Vejer de la Frontera. Both the September issues of Jamie’s magazine and the USA’s Food & Wine have been singing the praises of the town’s gastro credentials. Jamie featured it as “An Endless Summer” destination and Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen as a […]

Brindisa Hamper Prize Draw

While tuna dominates my fishy world in April and May, there’s one tiny fish which has my heart all year round – the humble anchovy. These are enjoyed in my kitchen in a number of different, equally delicious, ways: fresh, pickled in oil or vinegar (as in the pic above), fried (boquerones fritos) or preserved in […]

Exclusive Discount from The Fish Society

If you’ve been inspired by my Almadraba blog and Bar 44’s fantastic mojama recipe, you’ll need to get your hands on some of the delicious air-dried tuna that’s the hero of that dish. When you visit Vejer or come to one of my courses, you can pop to any of the local shops or markets […]

Mouth-watering Mojama Tuna Recipe from Bar 44

With centuries of tuna fishing comes real expertise in the preparation, cooking and preservation of the fish. Local specialists such as Herpac (Herpac.com) in Barbate, the tuna capital of the Costa de la Luz in southern Andalucia, sell the most fabulous tuna treats. Preserved in oil or pork fat, they’re sometimes smoked or canned, or in […]

Where to celebrate International Sherry Week 2016

International Sherry Week 7th – 13th November 2016 Welcome to the fourth official year of the celebration of Sherry worldwide! This inspired initiative aims to bring greater recognition to the unique fortified wine of South Westerly Spain. Enjoyed the world over but produced in a small area of Andalucia known as the ‘Sherry Triangle’, this unique […]

Six Shops in & Around Vejer for Delicious Delights

There’s no getting around it: Vejer is now, officially, a foodie mecca. In the last few years the tiny white village in southern Spain that I call home has gained more than its fair share of glowing press coverage for the quality of its bars and restaurants. One thing that’s rather gone unremarked upon, though, […]

Worshipping in the Tuna Temple of El Campero

After another recent thrilling feast at the tuna temple of El Campero, dining on tuna caught in the 2016 Almadraba, I couldn’t help but think that perhaps it gets better and better each year. It could also, of course, be because my knowledge and appreciation of the subject becomes deeper and more informed. Coming here […]

Last-minute July Cooking Course Deal

For the first time ever I am offering a great deal on my spectacular summer Culinary Classics course in July. Normally €1,150 for the course alone, I am offering only 3 remaining places at €870 per person – which is almost a 25% discount. Or if you are a group of 4, and 3 of […]

Reflections on the Almadraba

May is Almadraba month – when the blue fin tuna are migrating right past the coast here in Vejer en route to spawn in the Mediterranean and you can witness this phenomenal event for yourself by coming on one of my glorious 4 day Almadraba  Tours The Almadraba is an ancient fishing method devised by the Phoenician […]

Annie B’s New Year’s Eve Quiz

I don’t play games at any other time of the year but when my family and I get together over the Christmas period we do. This year it was my turn to put together a quiz and of course my chosen topic was Spanish food, wine and culture. While writing my testing questions I thought […]

St Andrew’s Day in Sherry Country

Dia San Andrés (St Andrew’s Day) is not just a special day for Scotland, but for Sherry too. For San Andrés is when the first of the new vintage wine is introduced to the solera–criadera system, used for blending and aging Fino and Manzanilla Sherry wines. It’s a day of celebration to wish the wine well as […]

Five of the Best Sherry Cocktails for Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner – and with it comes a chance to indulge in a combination of two of my very favourite things: Sherry and a well-mixed cocktail. To add a bit of sparkle to your festive celebrations, here’s my pick of the best Sherry cocktails for Christmas. Mojito Jerezano My favourite cocktail […]

Frank Camorra Visits Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen

I was delighted to receive Australian chef, restaurateur and author Frank Camorra and his merry band of gourmet travellers from Australia at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen last week. I met up with Frank and his group in the fishing town of Barbate to shop for merluza (hake) and clams for fish soup, and gambones (large […]

La Vuelta Heads to a Porcine Finale

    This has to be my photo of the week! On Tuesday 23rd of August, La Vuelta came through and finished Stage 4 in Vejer. The level of excitement was HUGE and being on the street as hundreds of sweaty cyclists whizzed by me, on one of the hottest days of the year, was unforgettable. If […]

Musings on a Tour of Andalucia

In April this year I spent a great day in the kitchen with the mystery writer Jane Grossman, her husband Allen and their friends, Susie and Jay. The delight that registered on their faces when they sipped on the first Manzanilla of the day alongside a tapa of Mojama was the BEST!! Jane wrote a […]

Delicious Tuna & Potato Salad Recipe

The simplest ingredients can make the best Spanish dishes – and what could be better than a filling, nutritious and delicious tuna and potato salad dressed with the finest (Andalucian, naturally) extra virgin olive oil and Sherry vinegar? This is a complete meal in itself, and is the perfect picnic dish for lunch on one of […]

Best Things to Do in Vejer de la Frontera

Over the years I’ve whiled away many hours in Vejer eating at local tapas bars, exploring the fabulous nearby beaches, and venturing to another continent – Africa. Our beautiful little hilltop town, with its narrow winding streets, whitewashed walls dotted with flowerpots, and medieval castle, is a fabulous place to stay for one of my cooking […]