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As you might ex­pect, Clau­dia is a tra­di­tion­al­ist when it comes to waf­fles. “I like my waf­fles plain,” she ad­mits. “But most peo­ple here like to add ice cream or whipped cream. Nutella is very pop­u­lar with the young ones. And warm cher­ries and warm ap­ple are re­ally pop­u­lar when it’s cold ... But there are no rules to dessert, are there, as long as it’s in­dul­gent.’’

While the best-sell­ing jaf­fle is the pulled pork, it soon faces a chal­lenge. “We’re go­ing to bring back kan­ga­roo. Kan­ga­roo cre­ates a time prob­lem be­cause it takes 10 hours to cook. But we’re go­ing to do it in the style of the area we’re from (in Hol­land) cooked in the oven and served with ap­ple syrup and vine­gar. It’s sweet and sour, a quite rich way of eat­ing ’roo,” she says.

But it’s not just about the waf­fles, jaf­fles, ap­ples and pork. Clau­dia has a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the friendli­est face in town.

She’s also learned the lingo, pep­per­ing her con­ver­sa­tion with “No wor­ries” and “Have a good one” in her Dutch-meet­sOut­back Aussie ac­cent. “You come for the whole ex­pe­ri­ence - and I love be­ing around peo­ple,” she says.

The waffle stand is across the road from Aus­tralia’s largest mu­ral, painted by Guido van Hel­ten, of five chil­dren stand­ing 30m tall. “The mu­ral brings life and a crowd to this lit­tle town,” says Clau­dia. “And there’s now a fan­tas­tic mo­saic com­ing – an eight-me­tre long mu­ral that ladies here in town are mak­ing. It’s taken a full year of hard yakka,” she adds. Fa­mous for its ap­ple pies. 324 Onka­paringa Val­ley Rd, Bal­han­nah

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