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Poet’s Café – 167 Main St, Montville QLD 4560, Australia (07) 5478 5479

It was Good Friday, and all plans to abstain from eating meat flew right out the window once my cousin Kevin stopped at the servo and I came out with two meat pies.  We ate it and then remembered it was Good Friday, so after that, I just ate anything and everything that day.

Now we had been driving a long long way, through traffic, a first for me in the land of Oz, and well on this day I chartered new territory.  I went up to Moololaba, to pick up Suzy and baby Christian, and then we drove to Landsborough, which I had been to about 10 years ago. We drove a long way the hills and the scenic views were simply breathtaking.  Untouched, unspoilt, and vast.  I wonder if it will be like that in ten years time.

Anyhow we drove through a quaint little town called Montville, which had quaint little shops on each side, and since the place we wanted to go to did not serve food we went across the road for something Asian and it was closed because of Good Friday and so we went down the little street and Suzy suggested Poet’s Café.

And so there we were sitting outside the rather quaint Poet’s Café that was overlooking a thoroughly picturesque view of the farms, and spots of rives and lakes. We unfortunately sat in the front of the restaurant overlooking the road.  It was nice though to see a totally unhurried life in front of us.  We were seated and presented the menu.

It was a nice bright and easy to peruse menu with a lot of different foods styles.  The funny thing about this is that if something like this in Malaysia existed far out in a town up somewhere, we would never get foods like this unless it was hotel or some resort.  That is something I find quite baffling about Malaysia’s food trail. Whilst we have our own kinds of foods, but in this menu they had local favorites like fish and chips, through to burgers and steaks, and also Asian stuff like currys, simple Thai foods, and yet you saw people around ordering everything.  The menu had good pasta dishes and from busybodying myself looking around I saw large prawns or Scampi on the plates with the Pasta, and the price was not really expensive.

So Suzy ordered a burger with the works, Kevin ordered a Beer Battered Fish and Chips and I ordered a raisin scone with strawberry jam and cream.  I just felt like indulging the whole environment so it had to be scones.

For drinks we ordered an Ice Lemon Tea and Suzy ordered a divinely nice and rich and everything good Chocolate Milkshake.  I’ve not had a good chocolate milkshake for ages and taking a sip of her milkshake made me realize if I did, I’d be jiggling down the Mountains!

It’s strange that in most places in Australia, they have learnt to make rather simple everyday foods into something that is tasty, and posh looking. Kevin’s fish and chips came and while it looked ok, me  who hates fish tasted it and it was really good. I believe it was Cod, and I am not a fan of Cod fish but the beer batter really complemented the fish and was crispy for a long time and the fish was cooked to perfection, not fried right through and looking like a piece of fish cake. This fish would break in your hand and melt in your mouth. And the Tartare Sauce was nice and not overpowering at all.  It was not a huge portion but it was sufficient, enough to tease the palate and actually make you full because of its richness.

Just look at that.......sheer delight!

The Burger with the Works was really something else. I’ve not had a good good burger for a while now, I should say quite a few years.  So the sight of Suzy’s burger was something else. Devilishly laden with a good size burger, with a good amount of cheese and bacon, and to healthify things, you had rocket and arigula salad and a nice slice of beetroot, and tomatoes sandwiched in a Panini and served with chips.  There were bits of onions as well.

Of course I took a bite and it was a mouthful of joy.  It was a good flavorsome juicy burger, not salty and artificial tasting but good beef.  The flavors came from the accompaniments which was abundance of course.  All in all it was just perfect.

My scones came and it was perfect.  The raisins were not burnt, it was freshly made, not hard, not cakey, but with a perfect scone texture.  Now I have a damn good recipe for scones so I expected that.  One complaint, I reckon they should have served a cup of tea as part of the scone package.  Other then that everything was great, great ambiance, great company and great food. Simple and yet comforting.  That’s how food should be…Always!

I would love to see the whole place light up at night. I’m sure it would be something thoroughly surreal.  Make a beeline to Poet’s Cafe, it’s out of the way but worth the trip.

And finally, BABY OF THE YEAR!!!!!!

Introducing, another Aussie Rellie… Christian Jayden Sivam… well behaved, non cry baby, toughie, and I think he’s going to grow up liking food just like his mum and dad and second cousin and all the other food loving relatives around the world.

The Best Vanilla Slice in Town. – Flesser’s Bakery – Christie St, Canungra QLD 4275

I have been to Canungra a fair few times in my years in Australia but I never

The Five Glorious Slices

even noticed Flessers in their tiny little town.  In fact you can just end up passing right through the little country town, but if you hang around a little, you’ll find gems like I did when Sandi took Dan and I along with the kids there. It was a long drive, almost two hours if I count right and I was tired.  Well actually Sandi said they were the best she’d ever tasted and they even drove occasionally to get some although it was a really long drive from where they were.

We got out of the car and instantly walked into the bakery. It was a typical small country bakery and Sandi marched towards its best seller and ordered away. We ordered three and when Dan tasted it, he ordered five.

It was a pity I did not take photos of the shop, I was tired and forgot, and just wanted to get something to eat and drink.

What is a Vanilla Slice?  Vanilla Slice is similar to a French Mille Feuille, but in Australia and in the United Kingdom, it does not have as many layers and different fillings.  In Australia, a Vanilla Slice is two layers of Puff Pastry sandwiched with a creamy custard, and dusted with icing or sometimes with a Glace Icing and combed with melted chocolate.  Sounds quite boring but not Flesser’s.

I am so so with Vanilla slice, Flesser’s was really out of this world.  It had the most tastiest Crème Patissiere  and not yucky gooey custard and it was not topped with a normal glace. It was also not sickeningly sweet. I felt Flesser’s topped their Vanilla Slice with a thin layer of fondant and , then drizzled chocolate all over it. Simple yet decadent.  It was a mouthful of sheer indulgence.  Although I was sick, I did enjoy this thoroughly.

Flesser’s sell excellent meat pies and breads, sticky breads and buns and little cakes and even ginger bread.  Again I wish I took photos of it.

Hope you enjoy the photos and if you are ever in the vicinity do make a beeline to Flesser’s.  It may be far out, but it has become quite an institution.  They have such lovely staff too, happy and sweet and passionate about their Vanilla Slice.

I will do a class on Vanilla Slice real soon.

Meals we had at Springfield Lakes – Queensland.

Now over the last few years of not meeting one of my dearest friends, Sandi Dai, she seems to have suddenly acquired a  passion for cooking. And we are not talking cooking baby food, it seems the woman now is quite a gourmand in her own right. 

We had such a lot of different foods, and we’re talking about a woman was such a ladida darling in real life that entering a kitchen would have been beneath her Royal Ladidaness. This has changed thanks to kids. Now don’t you love kids, they just have a way of bringing you down a pedestal or two? But nevertheless, she would be going on about making this and that and this thatsed so good, and the kids loved it and everyone loved that. I was quiet and reserved most times listening and taking things in nice and gently. 

Well I was in for a shock, and the thing is she was so confident of her new found talent she actually challenged me.  I just thought to my self well, we’ll see how good you are Sandi Dai!!!

Well from the photos you will see, I had to keep my thoughts to my self all through our stay there because Sandi with her new ally Dan, just conjured up wonder after wonder out of her kitchen. And I might add she had a complete kitchen with everything needed as well. 

Eggs Benedict was one. She did keep saying on and on about making us Eggs Benedict but I just hushed it off by saying I was not hungry and silly excuses till Dan got in the picture and said, “Yes, I would like Eggs Benedict”.

I pretended to say it was too heavy for me and all that jazz that most of my friends are quite used too, anyhow, in the end I felt like a Bloody Idiot!  Her Eggs Benedict together with Hollandaise Sauce was just too good.  And because I chose not to eat I had to settle for half an Egg Benedict on half a slice of bread.  The photos show you how rich it was in color and taste.  It was awesome!  Coupled with the Silverbeet, it was simply out of this world, just enough Carbs, Protein and Vegetables.  The Hollandaise Sauce was truly and simply RICH! I actually wanted more. I wanted to take the whole piece from Dan’s plate, but shame set in.

We even had Bread and Butter Pudding with light lashings of Brandy.  That was thoroughly what the doctor ordered. We used up the left over French baguette, and left it to soak overnight.  This was one of the things I prepared actually. 

Enough said.

Her next endeavor Cheese Fondue and Artichoke Dip.  This was Dan’s idea as he has a cheese fetish so to speak.  Constantly complaining how his figure has gone awry over this holiday, this was going to be one of these days.  This time Dan and I had to go and get the groceries, there was five on the list but when we went to Coles that day, it became like a Food Disneyland for Dan.  He just wanted to try everything, from chocolate, biscuits, cheeses, pates, twisties, you just name it he had it in the cart. I guess I was no help in this matter as well.  So the five items ended up being close to 20 odd items and 2 hours later, after circling Springfield numerous times because someone did not want to listen to directions we got home.

Then Sandi and Dan got into action, I did the little things of course while keeping an eye on the two “novices”,  I did all the stirring and cutting up of things. Little things you know so I could at least say I contributed to this fiasco waiting to happen.  Then.. right before my eyes, once everything was laden out on the table, I had to eat my words.  The Artichoke Dip was divine, the fondue was just as divine.  I had a sensitive tongue that day, or so that was my excuse for not eating too much , but indeed had I not had my tongue being superbly sensitive I would have eaten more. Needless to say, our guests and Dan finished everything. 

On our final night, once again Dan got into the picture with Dan over what was to be made that day. It seems like no one asks me anything these days. So I sulked and went on to type my blogs while the Two rather not Novice Chefs went about preparing an array of dips and accompaniments. The result!

Some of the dips were bought but most of them were made by Sandi and Dan, and bought versus home made clearly saw the latter way ahead of the bought products.  We had Blue Cheese Dip, Guacamole, Hommus, a Basil and Pinenut Dip, 2 types of Pate’s, Smoked Salmon and also all the different Crackers and Vegetables to go with it. Truly a divine array of colors placed on the table on the deck outside and we ate away with music playing in the background.

And finally what was the other thing I prepared??

Shocking eh? But it was not my fault, I just had to keep an eye on  those two, that I forgot my own work!