WORTH A STOP
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