OOO-exciting! Th judges have been announced for the Eviivo Hospitality Awards. We are honoured to be amongst the finalists in these prestigious awards. And, we are in TWO categories! I feel we are flying the flag for Wales & Pembrokeshire.
So, who are we being judged by? Our breakfasts are going to be judged by a Celebrity Chef-very scary to be judged by someone so knowledgeable.
Whoop whoop! We have been shortlisted for TWO Eviivo awards!! A UK Based award ceremony, we have been successful in being declared finalists from all the applications received throughout the UK and couldn’t be more delighted!
We have been successful in the Tastiest Breakfast and also the Hidden Gem category. The awards ceremony takes place in October, so watch this space.
Bed and Breakfast…the two things you have to excel at, if you’re looking to run a successful establishment and create a great ambience for your guests. Sleep has so many repercussions into daily life, it’s a massively important topic for me.
The importance of Sleep
So, what’s my take on the importance of sleep…
Having spent a vast amount of time in my previous career travelling and therefore spending many nights in strange beds, I am a keen advocate of getting a good nights sleep. And why is this? Well, years ago I noticed quite starkly how a poor night’s sleep impacted on my performance, behaviour and appetite during the following day. This is way before the internet and social media came on the scene. Just saying that is weird now though—can you imagine the world without those two things now?? Anyway, before the vast amount of information now available to us to advise us how important a good nights sleep is, I had worked it out for myself!
The boat will ferry you to the set down point on the island. Depending on whether the tide is low or high, will dictate how many steps you will have to climb. Once you’re at the top, the island is pretty flat, but to get up to the top there are quite a few steps to negotiate.
There is nothing on Skomer as far as cafes, restaurants are concerned. You can buy small bottle water at the starting point and again at the Farmhouse in the middle of the island but that’s it. So, you need to bring with you whatever you would like to eat for the day. You are usually on the island for 5 hours.
You buy your tickets to land on Skomer at Lockley Lodge, and at this point, they will allocate you a boat time, usually 10am, 11am, 12noon, but there are often extra trips put on when the queues are at their height. You can buy tickets with cash or card here.
Mr Paul Davies Welsh Assembly Member in Attendance
We hosted Mr Paul Davies, Assembly Member for Wales and other dignitaries at a Breakfast Celebration Event here today (Monday 18th March 2019) to start the week off for National B&B Week. We were very honoured to be chosen by Mr Davies to show his support of B&Bs UK wide and the contribution they make to the local and wider economy and community.
Because a lovely, frequent guest made me realise, that although I write often to my guests, to keep them updated on what’s going on here and any offers I have, I have never ACTUALLY pointed out the importance of booking direct through our own website.
I love a Welsh Cake! We grew up with them, living in Wales, I guess you would! So, I was surprised to find out, that, outside of Wales, unless you’ve been or have a connection to Wales, that you wouldn’t know what a Welsh Cake was!
There are many different recipes for Welsh Cake, as it was a family recipe handed down. I always prefer simple, and so I thought I’d share mine with you….
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 60ml water 2 eggs 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