Chef’s Recipe Share

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Treats

Some people have Valentines traditions like date night, flowers and balloons. But how about starting the day off stress free with breakfast in bed? See these yummy V-day breakfast treats.

Nutella Strawberry French Toast Rolls

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  • 12 slices white sandwich bread – square shaped is best!
  • Nutella
  • pieces sliced strawberries small
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • dash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • butter for the frying pan
  1. Remove the crust from the bread.
  2. Using a rolling pin, flatten out each piece of bread.
  3. Spread the Nutella onto the bread. Place a few pieces of strawberries on top.
  4. Roll the bread up tightly and place seam side down while you are making the rest.
  5. Whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together in a shallow bowl or small pan.
  6. Combine the sugar with the cinnamon on a small plate.
  7. Heat a skillet set over medium heat and melt 2 tbsp of butter.
  8. Take each roll and dip into the egg mixture, coating completely.
  9. Place them in the pan seam side down.
  10. Cook until golden brown, making sure to turn them so they brown on all sides.
  11. Remove the fully cooked rolls from the frying pan and place immediately into the cinnamon sugar and roll until completely covered in sugar.
  12. Serve plain, with syrup or my brown sugar sauce.

*Credits to The Kitchen Magpie

Heart Toast and Eggs

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  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Using a 2 3/4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut a heart in the center of a slice of bread.
  2. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Place slice and cutout heart in pan. Cook 3 minutes or until golden.
  3. With a spatula, turn both pieces of bread. Crack egg into center of heart shape.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover pan and cook 2-3 minutes or until egg has set on the bottom.

*Credits to

Mini Pancakes with Fresh Berries

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  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 pint berries
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Bamboo skewers


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except canola oil, berries and powdered sugar.
  2. Some lumps will remain; set aside to rest.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet, frying pan or griddle over medium heat and add canola oil to heated surface.
  4. Ladle on 1 tablespoon of batter for each pancake and cook until bubbles cover the top, about 2 minutes.
  5. Flip and cook until golden brown, another minute.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Skewer 3-5 pancake coins on each bamboo skewer and top with fresh berries and powdered sugar.

*Credits to Nugget Market. 

50 Delish Christmas Side Dishes brought us an amazing compilation  of 50 must try Christmas Side Dishes. From mouthwatering Garlic Smashed Potatoes to yum Cranberry Poached Pears. See all the Delish dishes here.


Red Wine Hot Chocolate for Winter

Chocolate and wine – a better combinatin we couldn’t ask for. As its winter in Cosmos Country and we love spending our days under the blankets cuddling infront of The Manor fireplace, why not combine all our favorites? Introducing red wine hot chocolate.

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Warning: This dessert drink is rich in chocolately goodness with that red wine flare we all love.

See the ingredients and how to’s here:


Stay tuned for more recipes straight out of The Manor kitchen, with thanks to Chef Gabriel.

Top 10 Natural Attractions in Mpumalanga

We encourage our guests to take the time to explore as far and wide as they can when staying with us, as the province of Mpumalanga is rich with natural heritage sites. These top 10 natural heriateg sites are taken from a list compiled by Mpumalanga Tourism, and you can find their full article here.

  1.  The Blyde River Canyon
  2.  Waterfalls
  3.  The Genesis Route
  4.  The lake District
  5.  The Kruger National Park
  6.  God’s Window
  7.  Kadishi Tufa Waterfall
  8. Bourkes’s Luck Potholes
  9. Sudwala Caves
  10. Lowveld Botanical Gardens

Are we missing any of your favorite spots in Mpumalanga? Contact us about featuring in our next blog post to share your travels with us.

Our Beautiful Home!

Although a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, we are proudly situated in the beautiful Cosmos Country.

Enjoy a beautiful drive out to some of the best parts of the Provence, and stunning views all the way back to your luxurious five star dining and accommodation at Welgelegen Manor.

To fuel your wunderlust, here is one of our favorite videos of some of the most beautiful spots in Mpumalanga:

Current Visa requirements for travelers to and from South Africa

An article has been released regarding the current visa requirements for travelers to and from South Africa. Addressing the current confusion regarding the regulations on having an unabridged birth certificate, and there restrictions thereof, South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has provided some clarification on the situation.

If you’re planning on travelling to our beautiful country in the near future, read the full article here for further information.


A Yesteryear in the Country

Welgelegen Manor recently had the privilege of hosting a day-long photo shoot. The beautiful models took to the fly in, as well as the ins and outs of the Manor itself, and the outcome is brilliant! This is what the organizers had to say about the event:

“The generosity, well wishes and assistance that my emergency landing and subsequent incident has elicited has been humbling to say the least and I have been so gratified by all of this. The danger of any incident with an old aircraft is that the nay-saying modernists can notch up a reason why they should be kept in museums instead of being paraded through the skies for everyone to see. But with authentic old cars and aircraft comes authentic risk, and I can at least take some comfort in the fact that my incident has provided a number of lessons for me. 

Having said that, I feel it important now more than ever to preserve the symbols of our past. Our gathering at Welgelegen was my attempt at creating a time machine; a space where we might glimpse an era where biplanes, open cars and gatherings at sumptuous grounds were the standard happenings over a weekend. Many of us have a passion for history, directly or indirectly, because of our love for old cars, aeroplanes, or even taking photographs of them. We might have seen YouTube clips of yesteryear where black and white films showed flying enthusiasts having picnics amongst sports cars and an English-like countryside. The Johannesburg Light Plane Club was an instigator of such jaunts, flying their de Havilland aircraft to grassed farmland suitable for landing to enjoy a packed lunch of pork sausages and boiled eggs, so this sort of recreation is not endemic to the UK.


And that is what this time machine mission is all about. Period clothes, period aircraft and cars in a period setting. Because what better way to preserve and acknowledge our heritage by experiencing it first-hand. In South Africa, things have become so complex on a variety of fronts that there is little  space for preservation, and that is why it is important.

I feel that Saturday was something special, and I am sorry that I did not have the opportunity to socialize with each of you more. My brief conversations, though, made me feel that events where similar people who share similar passions can be brought together need to be treasured and created. The preservation of old things, I am afraid, has started to become perceived as the custody of a more mature generation, but it doesn’t need to be. The sparkle in the eyes of everyone who was there over the weekend, young and old, was testament to the fact that there is an enthusiasm for such things, but not enough exposure to them. As we did on Saturday, we need to continue to create a synergy between our mutual ‘old’ interests to preserve their future.

As such, I would like to thank each of you for your participation and your role in making this event something that is fairly unique. I would like to make the Welgelegen Fly In (or maybe more appropriately the ‘A Yesteryear in the Country’) an annual event and I would appreciate your continued support in this regard. I think that I was born an old soul, and the joy that is elicited from being exposed to such wondrous old machines in such a beautiful setting really made me feel like I had stepped back in time, and hopefully we can do it again.


Weekend Fly In

The much awaited Fly in at Welgelegen Manor in Balfour Mpumalanga, only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg finally took place on the 25th of July 2015, organised by Courtney Watson from the Tiger Moth Flying Club of South Africa jointly with Classic/ Vintage Veteran Cars Association.

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Various professional photographers witnessed this exciting event.  Over 40 participants arrived in style in their vintage cars at the Manor. Although the weather was not favourable, this did not stop several pilots who braved it out and roared their old aircrafts to the Manor. Some of the participants were dressed as 1930s gentleman and women.

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On arrival, guests were welcomed with a choice of hot coffee or tea and thereafter treated to a sumptuous brunch. Later, vintage and classic cars where parked along the old aircraft’s. What summed up the day rather superbly, was when the historical open cockpit took turns to fly over the Manor.

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What a great day it turned out to be at this stunning venue in the heart of Cosmos Country.

Custom Weddings in Cosmos Country

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From the flowers to the accommodation, here at Welgelegen  Manor  we are able to cater to all your wedding needs. With Johannesburg wedding venues being in the concrete jungle, enjoy your vows in our beautiful garden overlooking the scenic beauty of Cosmos Country. So sit back and relax, we have got your big day covered.

What we are able to arrange for you:

  • Accommodation in our Manor House
  • Wedding venue – our beautiful gardens
  • Flowers
  • Marques and/or tents
  • Food and beverages
  • Wedding stationary
  • Music (DJ)
  • Lighting
  • Shuttles service (to and from airport)
  • Any other special requests