My sweet friend Angela made me feel really special today when she took me out to breakfast. (Ahhh! What a treat! Isn’t it the nicest thing to be taken out for a meal?) She took me to Engine Room Cafe, a lovely, big old building right by the main railway station here in Toowoomba. I’m guessing it used to be THE engine room – but now it’s a big, beautiful cafe with lots of quirky kitchenware, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs to drool at after you’ve eaten. Coffee and breakfast were very good, and the servings were massive. After breakfast we went to an antique store just next door, where I swooned over old fashioned kitchen utensils, jars, bottles and fine china. I had a heavenly morning! Thanks Ange.

     

The longest table I’ve ever seen! Love it! (And there’s Angela, in the denim jacket).

  

My breakfast: Cafe Latte and ‘Engine Starter’ – rye toast topped with pesto, scrambled eggs, mushrooms, baby spinach and pine nuts. Y U M

Fell in love with this canvas mounted print. (*Casts sideways glance BBQ Man*)

A huge and beautiful cheese dome at the antique store

Vintage ‘Arabia’ teacup set also at the antique store

 

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Dear Readers,
  
Well, I’m back at last! And I am determined to stick around, this time. Quite a bit has changed since my last post-all the way back in 2009 (blush). At the end of 2009, my little family moved from the Sunshine Coast to Toowoomba, a hinterland city on Australia’s Great Dividing Range. I took a Sabbatical to settle ourselves in our new town. This year our little girl started school, and I’m back into the writing game. So-here we go!
 
 
First, just a quick recap of 2010, starting with T’ba’s culinary offerings. I discovered that T’ba has a few Asian grocers. I even came across a little cafe offering a small selection of good yum cha dishes. One of the best things was the discovery of an excellent green grocer, and we’ve been able to enjoy fantastic fruit and veggies. Eating out in T’ba is expensive, and so we only venture out on the rare occasion. So-more homecooking, and more experiments!
Treasure from the Toowoomba PCYC Market – from commonplace corn, lemons and peaches, to little known giant white squash, snake beans and pumpkin leaves
 
 
 I was fortunate enough  to do a bit of travelling in 2010, and of course these inevitably turned into culinary adventures. In March and again in September, I had a couple of weekends at Gold Coast. In August my little family and I went back to my hometown in Kuching, Malaysia, where I grew up. We also spent some time in Brunei, where my parents live. October saw me in Melbourne for a Spring Wedding.

Frog Leg Congee –  Lunch for the intrepid, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Meat Platter at Mr Ho’s ,  Kuching,, Malaysia – a breakfast that defeated a pair of ardent carnivores



Linguine Pescatore, one of my favourite dishes ever – Cafe Maggiore, Melbourne

 

We have a had a rather wet and cool Summer in T’ba. It was much deplored by most people around me, but I secretly revelled in it. (5 years in hot and humid Sunshine Coast gave me enough heat to last me a lifetime!) I loved staying inside in while it rained outside, and with the advent of Christmas, I happily went on a baking spree. Christmas and the arrival of my parents were the only excuses I needed to bake and bake.

 Bagels for my Mum

 

Stollen for my Dad

 

Lebkuchen for me!

 

 I’m hoping the blog opens up some opportunities for me as far as a writing career goes. I would love for you to come with me on this journey! And now-off to do more research. See you tomorrow!

Hard at work with the researching