Delicious Meringue Recipe (and gluten free)

Our guests look forward to coming back to the chalet after a day on the slopes to enjoy their afternoon tea, so we try to mix up the recipes so they have lots of different treats during the week!

Here is a gourmet recipe … (and it’s gluten free too!)

photo of meringues

Gluten free meringues

Ingredients (for about 20 meringues):

–          4 egg whites

–          250g of sugar

–          a pinch of salt

1.  Preheat the oven to 120°C

2.  Tip the 4 egg whites into a large mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt

3.  Beat them and start to add the sugar slowly until a stiff and glossy mixture

4.  Drop the mixture in rough rounds on a tray covered with baking paper

5.  Bake for 1hour until the meringues sound crisp and leave them cool

 

For the gourmets, add some cocoa powder on top, yummy.

ENJOY !!

Cami & Yohann x x x

Bansko Activities

During your holiday in Bansko, you can enjoy various activities to make your ski holiday even more unforgettable.

  • Luxury spa with pools, saunas and massages. We can recommend some lovely places for you to spend some relaxing time. After few days skiing on the slopes, having an afternoon relaxing in a spa is always appreciated and is a great way to soothe any aching muscles
  • Snow-shoeing is an amazing experience to enjoy the mountains and get away from the crowds. You will have the opportunity to discover Bansko’s natural mountains walking on snow shoes in the wilderness.
  • Horse-riding is possible, from riding lessons for beginners to trekking and also overnight rides for more experienced riders. You will enjoy stunning views of the Pirin mountains riding in the snow and get to see the mountains from a whole new perspective.
  • Snowmobiling the trails of Pirin mountains. The tours are spectacular and will take you to breathtaking scenery full of adventure and adrenalin. Night skidooing is available and the feeling of being out in the snowy fields with just your headlight to guide you is fantastic!
  • Ice-skating at the arena near the gondola. It’s a great place for a family time and younger children can use stabilizing “penguins” to help their balance.
  • A 4WD Safari in an ex-military Russian Jeep to discover the local Bansko area, see fantastic points near the top of the water fall, visit the Church and Excavations.
  • Paint balling in a snowy arena is lots of fun, especially if you are feeling competitive and fancy challenging your friends to a shoot up!
  • Paragliding off the top of the Bansko mountain gives you the best views possible of the mountains and the surrounding area.
  • Microlite flight over the valley as a passenger in a 2 man microlite.

 

Bansko Activity Photos

A 4WD safari is a great way to see some of Bansko’s surrounding area.

Our Favourite Chalet Recipe

We are both keen cooks. Yohann is better at baking so he is in charge of afternoon tea cakes and treats, desserts and very often starters so Camille can concentrate on the main dish for the evening.

We have created a diverse menu with a little bit of everything, from British specialties, a Bulgarian night and an Italian evening but our absolute favourite is the delicious Moroccan Tajine.

It is such a popular meal because of the  way that the sweet and salty flavours mix. The pork Tajine is made with Bon Fillet, which is not always easy to find here! We try to order it in advance as often as possible at our favourite butcher because the Bon Fillet cut is the perfect piece of the pork to make the Tajine tender and tasty!.

Here is the yummy recipe (serves 10):

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 onions, peeled and diced
  • 3 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 9 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp crushed coriander seeds
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2kg Bon Fillet cut into cubes
  • 1 and 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped in half
  • 400g apricot slices
  • 400g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Almonds (sliced and toasted)

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based lidded saucepan and stir fry the onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, coriander seeds and cumin seeds until the onion is soft.

Add the pork and stir fry to brown. Add 3/4 dates, 3/4 apricots, tomatoes and the stock. Then, stir well.

Bring the saucepan ingredients to the boil and then simmer with the lid on 2 1/2 hours. 

photo of tagine

Our delicious tagine

Add the remaining dates and apricots 15 minutes before serving and finally, use the almonds to decorate your dish.

Serve the Tajine with Couscous mixed with sultanas and chick peas. You can decorate your Couscous dish with fried and colored peppers.

Bon appétit!!!

Yohann & Camille x

Learning to ski in Bansko!

Are you a beginner?

Is it your first ski holiday?

Leanring to ski in Bansko.

Learning to ski is a lot of fun!

Don’t worry; Bansko is the perfect place for you! It is fantastic for newbie skiers, snowboarders and families! The good range of slopes makes Bansko the best ski resort to learn and practice your technique. There are seven blue runs and a really nice, long homerun, so after few hours practicing you will soon be on your way.

Still not convinced? The Ski Mania instructors are at your disposal with competitive prices for lessons – they will get you going on the slopes before you know it. And if you need some extra tips, ask us (Yohann and Camille) who are keen skiers and willing to show you the best spots on the slopes!

After a whole day practicing, your freshly made afternoon tea cake will be waiting for you and so will the Hot Tub, just in case you need to relax your muscles…

Yohann & Cami xx

 

Working in a ski resort

We are Camille and Yohann; we have been together for 4 years and we are from France.

After completing our studies in international trade and working for a year in an international company, we decided to work abroad starting with an Australian trip.

In Australia, we enjoyed working in hospitality and that is why we wanted to work as hosts again, but in a different environment this time and a Winter season sounded like such a good opportunity. Victoria and her parents Jeanette and Richard have taken care of us and showed us how everything works here in Bulgaria (where it is all a little bit different!!).

Once we were ready, we couldn’t wait for the guests to arrive at CHALET JUNIPER in Bansko Bulgaria. But first, we had to get everything prepared!

First we met the hire shop and ski school that Victoria has worked with for several years: SKIMANIA, one of the closest to the gondola. What nice staff and great English speakers!!

We introduced ourselves and we understand why this is where we will bring the guests, the Ski Mania guys are the best ski advisers ever who will bend over backwards for you! They also made sure that we were prepared with our own skis for the whole season.

After a tour around the Gondola, we drove up the mountain with Victoria, Jeanette and Richard, to get used to the snow tires, the icy road and the wheel at the right hand-side (There was a lot to remember)! The ski runs were being prepared, everyone was getting ready for the first wave of skiers so it was very exciting.

Walking in the Bansko snow

Checking out the piste bashers in Bansko

We stopped to meet few locals that we would meet again during the season, at Harry’s Bar. It’s the meeting point for our guests if they want a lift back after a day of skiing. The live music is great, the hot chocolate is delicious and the beers are so cold fresh! The friendly staff know us and our guests now and look after us every time we visit.

Hosting during winter season is a matter of making guest comfortable, warm and cook homemade delicious dinners, which we love to do!! The treats are ready to be eaten, the Hot Tub is warm, the beds are cosy and snug, all we need now is for you to come and visit us!

Cami & Yohann

Our first impressions of Bansko

We arrived in Bansko on a cold night on the 2nd of December, after a 2 hour flight and 2 hours in a taxi. The Chalet is really well located between the old town centre and the gondola station, 5 minutes walking distance but in the dark we could only see the small, winding streets and we did wonder where we were!

Bansko is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, 927 m above sea level. The local population is around 9000 people but amazingly this number doubles during the winter season because of Bulgarian and foreign tourists. Bansko is the biggest and newest ski resort in the country and appeals to both keen skiers and beginners, due to the diversity of the slopes and the lengh of the ski runs.

Bansko has been called, “The New Andorra”, but we would say that Bansko has something else: history. A walk to Bansko is like a tour through the past. In the Old Town there are fortified houses and taverns within the cobbled streets. Close by, Thracian burial mounds were discovered and just southeast of Bansko are the remains of late medieval basilicas.

Bansko locals and snow

Bansko offers a lot of history as well as great skiing.

When we first went out, the streets seemed deserted and so quiet. Except around the Gondola, where all the shops and restaurants were under intensive work preparing for the season. In a couple of weeks, everything unbelievably came to life, illuminated and busy as ever just in time for the Christmas arrivals!

But when we arrived, we just took time to admire the amazing white landscape. The Pirin Mountains are incredibly beautiful (especially at sunset) and it was lovely to enjoy the ‘calm before the storm’.

“Mehanas” (traditional Bulgarian taverns) are found all over Bansko and look so enticing and cosy; it was so hard to choose which one to try first! We enjoyed our first Bulgarian mezze meal and as we didn’t know what to order we ordered a lot… It was so yummy but we were so full!

Now we know all the best dishes to try and when you visit Bansko we can tell you our favourites!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!

We’re a little bit late but Happy New Year from Chalet Juniper!

We’ve been so busy that we forgot to post our message… Once again Bansko was the meeting point for celebrating Christmas and New Year with family and friends and Christmas day was sunny, beautiful and full of fun; we met a lot of skiers dressed as Santa Claus on the slopes!

For New Year’s Eve, the atmosphere in Bansko center was incredible during the midnight fireworks with thousands of colourful explosions lighting up the night with the 360 degree show and traditional dancing going on well into the night.

 

Bansko skiers

Enjoying the Bansko slopes

We wish all the best for 2014 and are hoping for snow and happiness for all of you! Hopefully we will see some of you on the Bansko slopes this season!

Cami & Yohann – your Chalet Juniper Hosts x

Your hosts in Chalet Juniper

chalet staff

Camille & Johann

 

This season, Camille and Yohann will be coming from France to look after you in Chalet Juniper.

They have been travelling around Australia and both being keen skiers have missed the snow so they are very excited about the fresh snowflakes in Bansko this week.

Yohann’s father is a patisserie chef so they will be pinching some of his favourite recipes to make some delicious afternoon tea cakes. They love cooking and are planning to start up their own bed and breakfast in the future, so we are lucky to have them with us this year to practise some of their favourite recipes on us! Keep an eye on our blog for some great chalet recipes this Winter.

Welcome to the Cloud Nine Chalets Blog

Welcome to our brand new blog; we are busy getting ready for the 2013/14 Winter season and can’t wait to get on the Bansko slopes again. Luckily we won’t have long to wait as they open on the 30th November!

Standing in the snow

Checking out the snow!

The snow has arrived in town and everyone is busy getting ready for the start of the season. There are a few new bars that we have to review for you and as soon as we get on the mountain we’ll be reporting back with the latest conditions!