Last Of The Summer Fruits At Our BnB

Figs mark the end of summer for us and are something we often associate with Easter.

Figs are one of those fruit that have a short season, and when they’re available we gobble them for breakfast, dessert and pre-drink nibbles. Figs go wonderfully with with cheese, particularly mozzarella, blue cheese and goat’s cheese. I like them stuffed with blue cheese or goat’s cheese and roasted quickly in a very hot oven. They’re also beautiful when paired with cured meats like prosciutto or ham and drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Figs are very delicate and perishable, and it is not a great idea to pick figs that aren’t completely ripe as they don’t continue to ripen once they’re off the tree; they may soften after a few days at room temperature, but they don’t develop the same flavour. We get our figs from heritage trees which grow wild down at one of our local beaches, and we like to pick them when they yield to a gentle squeeze but don’t feel mushy.

Fig_and_yogurt_breakfastBrunch or Breakfast Treats

The earthy sweetness of the figs is well complemented by the tang of yoghurt; we liked to use coconut yoghurt. We poach the figs in honey and vanilla and pile them onto sweet pastry cases. We then serve them dolloped with yoghurt, a wee sprinkle of cinnamon and a topping of walnuts, pistachios or almonds. They’re good.

As stewed figs also freeze well, we can serve up our fig tartlets outside autumn. I can serve them to our guests all year round, or as long as they last without being gobbled up!

Again, as with the other blog posts, the photo on the right is not mine; I am hopeless with a camera, even on a phone. This “found photo”, however, is pretty similar to how our fig tartlets look when served up as brunch or breakfast treats (except we add more figs). We got our inspiration for these goodies through a recipe from Wendy Campbell’s French Bistro which was in Martinborough.

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Breakfast at our B&B

Feijoa Fritters

feijoaThese feijoa fritters are a firm favourite of my friend Debbie. Her granddad used to make them every autumn. These breakfast feijoa fritters are really feijoa filled pikelets and are best served quite warm.

This recipe makes about 20 fritters and takes around 30 minutes.

50g butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsps baking powder
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup feijoa flesh, some finely diced, some mashed
1 tbsp butter

Melt the butter and allow to cool.
Mix the sugar, sifted flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
In a separate bowl beat egg and milk together.
Make a well in the dry ingredients, add egg and milk mixture and combine. Add the cooled melted butter and mix thoroughly. Finally, fold through the finally diced and mashed feijoas.
Add tablespoonfuls of the mixture to a medium-hot fry pan until bubbles start to appear. Flip and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides.
Transfer cooked fritters onto a paper-towel lined plate in the oven.
Serve warm with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

Puhoi lemon delicious yogurtThese are also very nice served with a dollop of lemon yogurt. We quite like to use the Puhoi lemon delicious yogurt.


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Breakfast at our B&B

Breakfast Muesli Cups

A recipe for a special little breakfast I found on Pinterest! They look gorgeous, are interesting, tasty, reasonably healthy and wonderfully simple! Our guests really enjoyed them as they were not too heavy or “cooked”. Great for a breakfast on the deck with good coffee, fresh fruit and a fruit smoothie (and a sneaky blueberry danish as well).

The toppings can changed around depending upon what is in season. I made these when we had no fresh berries at hand, so I used mandarins as well as bananas and grapes. It’s pretty important to use a tasty thick Greek style yogurt as the filling needs to be quite firm or the cups could get soggy.

Use whatever fruits are in season and nuts that take your fancy and enjoy.

Breakfast Muesli Cups

 B&B-Muesli-cupThis recipe makes 4 -5 small tarts so I doubled it.

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil (I used rice bran oil)
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (I used a mixture of golden syrup and honey)


  • 1 cup natural yogurt or coconut yogurt (I used Puhoi Greek yogurt which is already quite sweet).
  • 1 tbsp honey, stevia or other sweetener (I didn’t add any sweetener).
  • 1 tsp vanilla (I didn’t use any).
    1. Pre-heat the oven to 180.
    2. Combine rolled oats, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl, set aside.
    3. Melt oil and honey in a small saucepan over a low heat.
    4. Pour melted oil & honey over the dry mixture and stir to coat well.
    5. Place spoonfuls of the mixture into greased muffin tins, using the spoon to press in as much as possible.
    6. Bake for around 15 minutes, checking to ensure they don’t brown too quickly.
    7. Remove from the oven and working quickly press the cups firmly into the tin using the back of a spoon a second time. (This step is important.)
    8. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins.  (This step is also very important. Be patient or your breakfast muesli cups will end up being breakfast muesli crumble.)
    9. Add spoonfuls of the yogurt mixture into each muesli cup and top with fruits of your choice.
    10. I served these in small individual dishes.

This recipe and lovely photo came from The not so good photo was the one I took!

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Breakfast in your room or on the deck: we bring it to you.

Breakfast Cuisine:

  • Range of teas
  • Espresso coffee
  • Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice or fruit smoothies
  • Selection of preserved and fresh fruit
  • Muesli and other cereals
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs from our own chickens
  • Preserves, honey and spreads
  • Bread or toast
  • Pastries, croissants, waffles, potato rostis or muffins

Come, enjoy and unwind. B&Bs are where you go to stay so you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast, without having to move. After all, breakfast is half of the name!

What some of our guests have said about our breakfasts.

Excellent breakfast and well stocked fridge. Amazing location on the edge of Mahurangi National Park.

The view is stunning. There is a feeling of being “away from it all” but without feeling isolated. Comfortable facilities. Lots of extra touches. Great breakfast – with so many options. Delightful alpacas and cat. Very considerate hosts.

We liked everything – it fitted our needs of a family of three (mum, dad and 8 years old son) very well. Beautiful views, comfortable, and some nice home made compotes (stewed fruits) that we all enjoyed. The extra draw card of this place is the countryside and animals – our son loved it!

Stunning views all around enhanced by the cheeky alpacas popping up for a photo opportunity. Thoughtful extras like dressing gowns,coffee machine,fruit bowl,fridge stocked with essentials.

Lovely breakfast. Perfect accommodation

A fabulous little getaway. Genuine lovely hosts, immaculately clean, great attention to detail and beautiful fresh pastries for breakfast every morning. Can’t fault it.

That view! The owners were great and we were made to feel very welcome. Breakfast was awesome too.

We were looking for a nice quiet place to stay for the last few days on our trip here. Couldn’t have chosen better. The room (suite really) was self-contained, newly and tastefully furnished, and with beatiful sea views in either direction across the peninsular on which the house sits, on the edge of a national park. Breakfast was sumptuous, with local fresh fruit and pastries. The hosts were friendly and helpful. And the alpacas grazing in the field…

 Great place to stay, great location, food was good and fantastic juice in the morning with really fresh pastrys yummy.

Tout. Les propriétaires chaleureux et disponibles. Le petit déjeuner incroyable avec les fruits frais, les croissants ou pâtisseries. Les conseils pour visiter la region

El desayuno riquisimo !!! La vista del dormitorio espectacular!! Raquel la dueña super atenta, siempre dispuesta a darnos consejos !!!

We only have one room for guests at our B&B, so as our only guests, you’ll enjoy all the peace and quiet Mahurangi West has to offer. The only things watching you as you eat your breakfast on your deck will be the alpacas!



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