A fourteen foot piece of art work has been landed ashore at Milford Waterfront. His name is Bertie and he is a Sea Bass. He was made for the Turn the Tide on Plastic project led by Pembrokeshire’s Amroth & Saundersfoot Community Councils.
He is truly magnificent, and a beautiful piece of art, there is such a joy to be had by casting your eyes on him!
Porridge is one of the most popular dishes here at Fields Lodge Bed and Breakfast, where we pride ourselves on being an Award Winning Breakfast provider. But, the question is, will any old porridge oat do??
The answer, for me, is no! You have to have a particular type of Porridge Oat.
Having been creating Award Winning Breakfasts in the B&B here for many years now, there are a few things that I just couldn’t live without. A tad drastic a statement, you may say, but some of these items, I would struggle to produce the award winning breakfasts we have become so well known for.
My Top Five
Silicone Griddle Pad
This is a life saver–we use it on the cooler top ring on the Aga, and here, oil free, we can cook eggs and pancakes, we can crisp up bacon and brown off tomatoes. We also use another type of silicone sheet to keep the Aga lid clean, but I can live without if needs be, by replacing that by a tea towel!
2. Apple Corer & Peeler
Who knew there was such an invention! I stumbled across one of these just this year, but it has made our life here much easier!
We like to make lots of homemade chutneys with all the homegrown we have-=between out trees here and the ones down the lane at our neighbours, we have bags and bags of apples for making lots of lovely different types of chutney. One of my favourites is an apple & date chutney and I do try to make them all without refined sugar, some use dates, others Xylitol, just to mix it up a bit.
This contraption, peels and cores and slices in one go-a marvellous invention. If I was super critical, it peels fairly thickly, so you’re left with apple spaghetti! As long as you’re quick, you can chop this up and add to a salad for a little sweetness, I do hate to throw any food away!
Here’s a Facebook Live I did when I trialled it for the first time–have fun!
3. A Breadmaker
Although we make artisan breads by hand and then cook these in the Aga–the more common loaf-the basic white and wholemeal loaf, that we go through plenty of, we do make these in a breadmaker. This means we can get on with all the other thigs we need to cook whilst the breadmaker is taking care of itself. Over the years, we have gone through a few models, we are currently using a Panasonic, which is doing a great job for us, and with it being a more upmarket make, spare parts are readily available.
And why I love making bread?? The same reason as why I love making other things-you know what you’re putting in it, you know what you’re eating and that way you can make sure you’re eating as healthily as possible. As an example, our sourdough loaf has 3 ingredients in it, one supermarket loaf of bread I looked at the other day, had 32 ingredients on the back of it, some of which I didn’t recognise as food at all!
4. An Egg Boiler
Maybe an extra gadget in some households, but for us here, not having to keep an eye on eggs boiling when you’re busy cooking other things is a relief. This little gadget, not expensive, will cook your eggs to the desired consistency-hard, soft or medium, and buzzes once the eggs are ready for perfect eggs & soldiers-just writing this is making me fancy that now! and of course, for me, it’s gluten free bread, for my soldiers!
5. Garlic/Ginger& Parmesan Grater
Something that looks like a saucer that you’d put olives in to pick at, is one of my favourite gadgets. This nobbly saucer grates all of the above–no peeling garlic, just rub it on the nobbles. No peeling Ginger-just rub away and parmesan is just as simple, and what’s great, is that it doesn’t take up much space at all. A great find, and we now sell these here at Fields Lodge, so if you want one, just email me!
What are the gadgets you can’t live without? I could quite easily list a few more without thinking too long!
I went to a roadshow a while ago, organised by Visit Wales. It was an event where the good and great of the Tourism Industry were present, lots a great businesses and producers for us to meet and inspirational speakers.
One of the speakers, started their segment with …’Multi-award winning, that’s what all businesses strive to be able to say’…….
Wales is well know for cooking on a griddle, a large metal flat skillet(no sides)–it’s where our Welsh Cakes were traditionally made and are still made today in many houses.
Now, I love a pancake and a Welsh Cake but as you may (or may not) know, I am on a food journey to be sugar, dairy and wheat free.
I couldn’t possibly do without my pancakes, especially on Pancake Day, or any other day I fancy them actually!
So, to help me and my lovely guests that are on their own food journeys, we now offer Pancakes that are wheat and sugar free and as we are in Wales, it’s only right to call them by their Welsh name-Crempog, or Crempogau, for plural.
You can see this recipe and many more from our award winning breakfasts in our Recipe Book Here
Almond Griddle Pancakes (Crempogau)
To make 2 servings
125g ground almonds
1 tbsp maple syrup (you can use1 Tbsp Xylitol instead, should you wish)
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp oil
• Mix all the ingredients together, add more water if required to achieve a dropping consistency
• Using a dessert spoon, spoon the mixture onto the griddle in circular portions (use a frying pan rubbed with olive oil or coconut oil if you don’t have a griddle)
• Turn each pancake when bubbles appear and the edges are cooked
• Serve with yoghurt, honey, chopped walnuts and your choice of fruit
We’re busy making cocktails at Fields Lodge. Having recently been awarded our alcohol licence, we are now keen to create a Fields Lodge Signature Drink, and we are hoping that our guests can get involved too!
Room Attendant of the Year!!! How fantastic is that??
In the Finals
Our lovely Rhiannon, one of my team of ‘angels’ has been shortlisted as one of only 6 finalists for this prestigious award. Out of all the hospitality businesses in the UK, when you think how many that would be-there’s over a 1000 in Pembrokeshire alone! She has been chosen and is now in the final 6. This is SOME achievement. To say we are proud is an understatement!
I took a visit to Skomer Island this week-into the last few days of the Puffins on the island for 2018. It has been a great year for Skomer Puffins–over 30,000 puffins were counted this year, and as far as a population is concerned, Skomer Puffins are bucking the trend, as other Puffin colonies elsewhere in the world are declining. So much so, that the Puffin is now classed as an endangered species.
How wonderful, the BBC have profiled the Puffins on Skomer Island!
I have long been an advocate of these fantastic birds. For me, they are such healing creatures, you cannot fail to watch a puffin and smile. They just make everything in the world alright. To see them clumsily trying to get airborne from the water is a delight. Watching them you would never think that they could fly the huge distances they do when they migrate from Skomer Island in late July each year.
I am delighted to announce that I have partnered with the National Botanical Gardens of Wales for a ‘Buy one, get one free’ entry to this fabulous garden attraction for my guests. This means that when you stay with us here at Fields Lodge, we can arrange this lovely bonus for you!
Milford Waterfront is organising lots of events over the summer months. It’s great to see that the Port of Milford Haven has really got its’ eye on Tourism and making the Marina a ‘must visit’ place on the lists of locals and visitors alike.
Is your wedding going to be held in Pembrokeshire? Are you having people travel from their homes to share your lovely day? Will they want to stay the night before the wedding and the night of the wedding?
Then we are the place for your friends and family.
Hair & Make-up
We can organise hair stylists and make -up artists to attend to those wanting a pamper on the big day, if required.
We can organise a Taxi service if your guests would rather leave their car here with us and we can also organise their flowers to be delivered on the morning of the day.
Early Check-in/Late Check-out
We can offer Early Check-in or Late Check-out if that makes their day easier and we can be on hand for any ‘forgotten’ items. Just let us know, we’re here to help them make some great memories!
Room rates are standard as on our website, with Early Check-in or Late Check-out added as required.
Bridal Pamper Party
If you’d like to spend the night before your wedding here with us and your Bridal party, then we can arrange your day for you.
Choose breakfast at your time, have the run of the house and we’ll get it all ready for your hair & make-up stylists, just let us know. Enjoy a bucks fizz whist you get ready for the big day and don’t worry about checking out early, we’ll add a late check-out onto your booking for you.
Exclusive Use Bridal Pamper Party: £600 per night
Choose to stay in one of our best rooms and enjoy a little piece of luxury for your Wedding night before heading off on the next chapter of your life.
We will dress your room and have bubbly on ice and artisan chocolates waiting for you. Enjoy a later breakfast in bed and relax with a late check-out.
Weddings in Pembrokeshire-you may wonder how we could be involved in these. You’d be surprised!
From the usual hosting relatives that have had to travel, to hen pamper days, to hosting the bride & her entourage and organising make-up and hair stylists on the big day, to then being the romantic backdrop to the Wedding night, we have helped make many memories.
The FIRST Puffin has landed onto Skomer Island! It’s only the 19th of March and we have the first one landed-that’s early! And that means that the numbers will just grow as the days move closer towards April, which is when they usually arrive.
Over this weekend just gone, a hundred puffins were seen rafting in North Haven, which is one of their favoured bays on Skomer.
This is exciting news as it’s always great to know that the Puffin is growing from strength to strength 3bvbjjin numbers on Skomer.
So, to celebrate, any booking made this week direct with us here at Fields Lodge will receive a free Puffin Pack!!
The small county of Pembrokeshire is in the bottom, south west corner of Wales. It’s an hour off the end of the motorway and the next land after us is Ireland!
Welsh is the national language of Wales, and we are indeed, Welsh and very proud of it. However, WE (furthest south west part of Pembrokeshire) are known as ‘Little England Beyond Wales’, as in our ‘little bit’ you’re not likely to hear Welsh spoken, and if it wasn’t for the schools, no-one here would speak it either! This is particularly true of Milford Haven born & bred, it’s a rarity to find a welsh speaker!
Isn’t that what they say?? March is when we see the weather changing to Spring and the clocks going forward for summertime.
The origins of the saying
Where on earth did that saying come from? Well, here’s a spoiler-you may be disappointed! I thought I would research it, thinking it may have had some historic origin, inspiring the Mad Hatter stories etc, but no! It started life in Illinois in a high school in the early 1900s. Then the phrase was used by a broadcaster of a basket ball game. The phrase was later applied to be trademarked by the IHSA(Illinois High School Association) and in 1996 the IHSA and the NCAA went to court over the phrase and ended with them agreeing on a dual use trademark. So, as it’s a trademarked phrase-does that mean I can’t use it here??? OOOO!!! worrying! I’ve just checked, and I’m not sure I can! So, I’ve altered the title slightly, just in case! I don’t think I can afford an American lawsuit!