Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Weekend away and a recipe!

Lemon Crumble Slice

Hi again, hope you are all well and getting through winter without too much trouble!

Paul and I decided to have a wee break from the winter in Auckland and spend a weekend on the Coromandel Penninsula - about an hour and a half from central Auckland. We picked our B&B and set off for the lovely drive from here to Thames.

When you arrive at Haven Homestay - after all the introductions, tour and settling in your room - I always invite guests to have a cuppa with us, to get to know who we will be sharing our home with us and to ascertain what the guests might want to do whilst they are staying in Auckland. This is a simple thing to do, but I feel so important to make our guests feel at home.

So, back to my story - The un-named B&B we stayed at was a lovely period property, clean and comfortable, no complaints there - but - the welcome "sign" wasn't a happening thing - and it made SUCH a difference to us as guests. We didn't know the area - where the best place was to eat - which bush walk was worth doing - you get what I'm saying!

So I am glad that we went out and stayed at another B&B, if only to know that what we do here at Haven Homestay helps in some small way and that people feel at home and comfortable staying in our home!

Well my latest instagram of the slice pictured above was popular - many requests for the recipe! This recipe came to me from my lovely friend Jane - a farmers wife in Gisborne. Its as popular down on the farm as it is here at Haven Homestay.

Isn't it funny that with all the fancy iced cakes you see theses days a plain old slice still catches the eye! So here goes.............



Put the first three ingredients in the food processor and wizz together - then add beaten eggs and wizz again - press two thirds of the crumble mixture into a lined swiss roll tin - spread with a jar of lemon curd - sprinkle the rest of the mixture over the top of the curd - bake at 180 degs for 30 minutes - Jane mentions that you can really use any preserves but as many of us know lemon always hits the spot!!

So, if you were to stay at a B&B would you want to have a welcoming cuppa with home baking or be left alone to get on with it?...............................

Till next time, when I will tell you about what we found to do on our short stay on the Coromandel Penninsula... bye!

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