This stunning pic was taken by Phil Hobbs, a local photographer on 14th Jan. It was shot from Llanyre early in the morning and is just a wonderfully spectacularly atmospheric shot. Note the roof of Highland Moors Guest House & Conference Centre to the right in the background.
Thanks Phil - you are very gifted !
After the success of our waffles introduced last year, new for 2014 is our compote. Our thanks go to our lovely friend Sarah who came rushing in here recently breathless about a compote she had tried somewhere on her travels. We made it immediately. You will love it too
It's so simple, about 100gm each of dried figs, apricots, dates, cranberries (& prunes if you like) all cut in half, not cranberries of course, about 2-3 fresh oranges juiced, 3 star anise and just simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. You will need to keep adding water bit by bit as it soaks up lots. The apricots are the last to soften so check them and when it's all soft but not puree leave to cool. We keep it in sealed ice-cream container in fridge and it keeps about 2-3 weeks. Remove star anise when serving. This is quite a large quantity so just scale it all down to make a smaller batch if it's too much
A new continental delight meant to keep the effects of humidity on the body at bay.
Ah yes, that would be Wales !
Enjoy all the same !
Pic courtesy of Teghan O'Connell
Not content with living on the top floor with spectacular views of Gilwern to the West, the Brecon Beacons to the South and the Cambrian Mountains to the East, our kids and others wanted their own facility. So, as is our custom at Highland Moors, all members take an active role in choosing, designing and making new ideas happen. This is the result of all our efforts that came together surprisingly quickly - the Fort.
So in addition to our swing, tyre and trapese, we have now added our two towers, two more swings, sky crossing, climbing wall and slide. Our kids are there before school, after school, before tea and before bed. At this stage, we will need to keep building to ensure no parts wear out too quickly. Jeff & Norman have in their usual custom, built it to last.
So kids, what are you waiting for. Persuade your Mum and Dad to stay at Highland Moors.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary at Highland Moors. I suppose you could say we've learned a thing or two. Gone are the microwaving of scrambled egg and gone are the silly little poaching rings which we thought would work well for fried eggs. I was taken to task by a guest chef who refused to eat his egg and when I inquired about it, he followed me in the kitchen and said 'What are you doin' ? Enough said. They only ever saw the frying pan again when I was making crumpets.
Sometimes, we feel like that couple in the hair colour ad - (the voiceover is too compelling to remember the brand) - with our ten years, eleven ensuites, three births, thirty seven windows etc etc but after this time, we have come through without too much grey hair and a few extra surprises we hadn't really planned for - a couple of enthusiastic budding cooks.
My 10 year old son who enjoys Jamie Oliver comes running in saying 'You can make Sizzling Chicken Fajitas Grilled Peppers, Salsa, Rice & Beans in 15 minutes'. 'Maybe he can', I retort, conscious that my own chicken pancakes are a far cry from Jamie's wonderfully flavoursome delights. But my lack of an enthusiastic response doesn't deter him in the slightest. He has spotted a You Tube clip on making ice-cream, found the ingredients he needed and whipped up a huge bowl of wonderfully delicious vanilla and chocolate chip ice-cream. We were spoilt for the next five days. The only tip is to add the chocolate pieces as the ice-cream is solidifying otherwise they melt and all fall in the bottom of the bowl. I was so impressed. I had wanted to make ice-cream all my life.
My 7 year old, not to be outdone will pass us by on her way to the kitchen asking, but it's actually a statement 'I can make some cupcakes ?' She doesn't hesitate for an acknowledgement. As they come out of the oven wonderfully risen and golden, I say, 'Oh Soph, we should have added some raisins', remembering back to when my Mum made such wonderful treats. When I go back later, she had put a small dab of coloured icing on half of the cakes and liberally sprinkled them with sultanas, just for me.
It might surprise you that as a family who fully embrace 'homemade' and work with as few machines as possible, that we have invested in a new machine - a waffle maker, but it has been a huge hit. Both kids make and serve the waffles for the family. How liberating. I remember back to the days when I was only allowed watch my Mum for much of the time. She was an exceptional cook, but I suppose with six children, she never had the time to allow me to learn slowly and mess up quickly as she always had so much to do. I decided early on to let my kids into the kitchen as often as they like. It's industrial size compared to many kitchens, but fortunately like the rest of our Victorian house, fairly indestructible.
As a business, we are in the business of constantly improving, upgrading and innovating and have decided to add our wonderful waffles to our menu for 2013 with our favorite toppings which include maple syrup, apple sauce, lemon and sugar or the healthy fresh fruit option. I instructed my son to leave some ice-cream in case our recent grader wanted to try some homemade waffles with homemade ice-cream for his breakfast. I think he was disappointed that he went for the traditional breakfast. Already our younger guests have loved them though, but why should children have all the fun food. We tell our guests, you don't have to be in single figures age-wise to enjoy this special treat.
We swiped the apple sauce idea when we went to the 500 year old German market in Bad Wimpfen in December where they walk around the stalls munching on freshly baked waffles and doughnuts and sipping their gluhvein. Somehow apple sauce doesn't sound like fruit.
See our menu for just some of the delights you can enjoy during your stay with us from all the traditional breakfast options, fresh fruit, omelettes with Welsh laverbread (seaweed), kippers and Welsh cakes. I wonder what other delights we can add to our already full menu for breakfast. Soon maybe I'll find myself ousted from my kitchen not by a highly trained qualified chef but by my highly creative and enthusiastic children. To be truthful, I can't wait !
Welcome to our new site for 2013. We aim to keep you updated not only on what special deals we have available but also new things to do and see in the Heart of Wales as we hear. Much of what goes on in Mid Wales seems to be treated as a closely guarded secret, but many of us feel we have under sold ourselves for years. It's time that changed. We have lived here 10 years and with our young family growing up and wanting to explore more, we are being challenged to find new adventures to help them appreciate more what this area has to offer. After all why live in the countryside if you can't enjoy it. We'll keep you updated on our adventures. What we find might just be your hot button to book a stay in Mid Wales at Highland Moors.We invite you to come on the adventure with us and we are sure that we will all be in for some wonderful surprises.