I knew I had to travel to the Fountainhead Retreat Hotel in Andalucía, Spain after reading the introduction to Helen Bartlett’s book Fountainhead Food. I am equally sure, after having stayed there, that I want to come back to both the place and the food.
Comfort food from start to finish – not for the all the good new year’s resolutions, but to make you happy. It will save you the money, when you want to cook the type of food you would otherwise have to go to the diner or restaurant to get.
I was slow – it took a while before I started cooking from this book – and that is a shame!
I know the benefits of slow cooking and I would say especially if you are having a party – do the work early and avoid the dreadful last minute stress – the result is fantastic food with minimum effort! (Like it says on the cover)
We made reservations to eat lunch in the Blue Elephant restaurant in Phuket City in Thailand. The restaurant and Blue Elephant cooking school is located in the Phuket Governor Mansion in a park-like garden in the middle of Phuket City in the south of the Phuket Island in Thailand.
Look at my copy of Ultimate Home Cooking by Gordon Ramsey! I like to mark recipes I want to try later with a little colourful Post-it Index strip – as you can see; I will have to come back to this book more than once.
Nigella Lawson is one of my favourite cookbook writers, the TV shows also mean that I feel I know her a little. I can hear her voice when I read out the recipes. So they are more than recipes, they are stories and a connection to another human being.