That actually stands for Bread and Butter Pudding.
This recipe is perfect for turning left-over croissants into a delicious dessert, but consider this: made in an individual ramekin and offered as a little breakfast starter – with plain yoghurt and a berry or prune compote? Why not? It has all the breakfast ingredients: eggs, croissants, fruit, orange juice, milk, butter… What about the chocolate I hear you ask?
Well, when I walked the Camino through Spain in 2007 I stumbled on a Chocolate Museum in Astorga. They had a collection...
If there is one thing that gets me hot under the collar it is when a prospective guest wants to bargain me down. In the winter it actually costs me more to run my guest house – the rooms need heaters, electric blankets and the linen have to be tumble dried- so why should I lower my rates in the off-season? There are far over 150 accommodation establishments in George covering the full price range, is it even fair to lower my price and in that way take the business away from another establishment and forcing them to lower their rates...
In working with Fairview Homestead guest house, we began to see the pros and cons to various online techniques, specific to the accommodation market. Here are five that I found to be particularly poignant:
1. If you’re not online you don’t exist
My friend, Philda, at Fairview will attest to the fact that upgrading her website and playing to her strength as an avid writer/blogger did wonders for her marketing. Sure, she could spend a great deal of money on online ads, but blogging is free and has resulted in some great online...
Older residents of George still remember raids into the apple orchards at Fairview -when it was finally decided to develop the suburb of Bergsig there was much debate whether to call the suburb Appelboord or Bergsig! Wwe still have one apple tree left.
By popular request: the easiest apple crumble recipe you will ever try. Foolproof , with such basic ingredients that you’ll be able to whip it up in a flash. Delicious served with custard, cream or ice cream.
switch oven to 180°Celsius.
Open two cans of tinned 410 g apple slices (or...
Bergsig developed out of the farm Niepothsdale – in 1894 the property was sold to Koos Stander, mayor of George from 1926 to 1932. In those days it was a big apple and cattle farm on the Eastern edge of George. The homestead was named Fairview and the house stayed in the Stander family from 1894 to 1974. By 1936 the farm still supported a substantial apple orchard, but was already surrounded by a number of subdivided smallholdings. When it was finally decided to develop the suburb of Bergsig there was much debate whether to call the...
Guests I’ll always remember? Well, shortly after I opened doors I received a booking for three policeman to share the family room. Now that sounded a bit weird, but the agent confirmed: three gentlemen and they had to share a room and could I please confirm the private entrance and secure parking…
It was just getting dusk when my front door bell rang and there were the three “policeman”: one smelling of beer but accompanied by two overly charming gentlemen. Dressed like gangsters, I thought, but charming gangsters....
Certainly one of the joys of running a guesthouse, is that you never know quite who will walk through the door…
One of my favorite stories is of when I had Robert Redford and Winnie Mandela staying over – well, maybe not quite: I received a call from a gentleman in San Francisco with a voice a smooth as Robert Redford’s (I love Robert Redford…) He told me that he had just e-mailed me a request for accommodation, but that he was phoning to make sure that I would not have a problem with his partner being black....
Sunday Times Live April 2012 Article by Paul Ash: Lord of the manor in a rambling Cape-Georgian mansion
Paul Ash plays lord of the manor in a rambling Cape-Georgian mansion
I’M tired of boxy hotels, and I’ve had enough of drek little B&Bs owned by poxy, unhelpful pinch-faced landlords and stuffed with décor from hell. There, I’ve said it.
Running a B&B should require a licence, where applicants are subjected to the same vigorous scrutiny as those who wish to own automatic weapons. Sadly, that is not the...
Secrets first: we cook apple slices in a small quantity of water with one heaped teaspoon of sugar. These apple slices go into the bottom of the cake tin. This is how Probst Bakery used to do it in Walvis Bay and the Benkies love cheese cake this way. Bake a day before you want to serve it to allow the flavour and texture to develop.
Geheime eerste: ons kook appelskywe (so 2 appels) in bietjie water met 1 opgehoopte teelepel suiker in en sit dit onder in die koekpan. Dis soos Probst Bakkery in Walvis dit maak by en vir die Benkies net ‘n...
500ml Mashed potato;
Salt and Pepper;
2.5ml Baking powder.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Cook waffles on waffle iron until golden and crisp. Cut into wedges.
2 Cups self raising flour;
1 Teaspoon bicarbonate of soda;
2 Teaspoons sugar;
¼ Cup buttermilk.
Sift self raising Flour, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and pinch of salt. Whisk the eggs and add the melted butter gradually mix until smooth. Add the buttermilk. Make a well in the center...