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What’s Been On My Plate during September? – Connecting over a meal

October 4, 2023

It’s been quite some time since I joined Donna at Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass for their What’s On Your Plate? Link up. Life had been taken over with health issues so cooking or eating out weren’t high on the agenda.

However, over the last month, I’ve had several opportunities to catch up with friends over lunch and Mike and I have managed to sneak in a couple of date day lunches. Some of our meals were at new restaurants/cafes and we were so impressed we will be revisiting often.

I took the opportunity of some school holiday cooking with my grandsons and also created a new pasta dish which is quick, easy and will definitely be back on our plates soon.


What’s Been On My Plate during September?

Discovering new places to eat

Mike and I met up with a dear friend, who we hadn’t seen for 3 years. Nikki was our personal trainer for a number of years and became like a daughter to us. She suggested The Full Moon Hotel at Sandgate. It was a 20 minute drive and we sat on the verandah overlooking the bay. A perfect setting for a chat with a view and the food was delicious. There is also a lovely esplanade by the water to walk off lunch.

Mike selected the Chicken Burger and Nikki and I, the Beetroot & Pumpkin Salad with Goat’s Cheese.

The food was so good, I went back to catch up with my dear blogging friend, Deb from Deb’s World when she recently visited Brisbane. We both selected the Beetroot and Pumpkin Salad with Goat’s Cheese. I ordered this again because it was just divine.

Each Saturday I run with my friend and we then treat ourselves to breakfast. Last week I had the Granola bowl and it was huge! The Moray Cafe certainly don’t skimp on serving sizes.

Mike and I had a quick lunch date earlier this week and tried a new restaurant nearby – The Italian at the Cannon Hill Tavern. Another winner in our books and close to home. Mike had Spaghetti con Gamberi and I opted for the special of the day – Gnocchi a la ragu.

School holiday baking and dining out

I always like to encourage my grandsons to spend time in the kitchen and the school holidays is the perfect time. Elliot requested Corn Fritters and Ethan wanted Meusli slice so that is what we made. They are quick, easy, nutritious and gone in 5 minutes!!! The Muesli Slice is 3 cups of meusli and 1 can of condensed milk. Mix together, bake for 25 minutes and let cool. Easy, peasy!

Another treat was taking the boys to breakfast at a nearby cafe. I had fruit toast with whipped ricotta and they opted to share Canadian Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Ice cream and Fairy Floss – what a treat!

Home Cooking

Ethan made his First Holy Communion so I made a cake to celebrate. I also came up with a new pasta recipe, Chilli Tuna Spaghetti with roasted tomatoes and olives. Another meal that has become a favourite is Crumbed Chicken Snitzel topped with Roasted Baby Tomatoes in herbs with Potato/Sweet Potato Mash, Steamed Green Beans as the sides.

That’s what has been on my plate over the last month, What’s Been On Yours?

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply Retirement Reflections October 4, 2023 at 10:33

    Yikes! I knew that I should not have opened this post until after dinner. Now I’m simply ravenous…and drooling slighly on my keyboard (Ó//ࡇ// Ò// ). Thank you so much for joining us at #WOYP. Your dishes all look incredible. I’m delighted that you are back out enjoying life. <3

    • Reply Retirement Reflections October 4, 2023 at 10:35

      Oops – the above comment was meant to include a blushing emoji and a heart. I think I will definitely need to take remedial emoji lessons! 😀

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 5, 2023 at 08:56

      Hi Donna, I certainly enjoyed some delicious food and good company during September. I’m looking forward to our trip to Europe to enjoy the food as well as everything else. Not sure about the raw fish in Holland though. x

  • Reply Alison October 4, 2023 at 10:44

    What a fantastic cake, it would see a shame to cut it. A work of art. I also did some baking with my grandchildren. I should this challenge next month, as I’m always taking photos of food! I always have a salad when I go for lunch too

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 5, 2023 at 08:56

      Thanks, Alison. My grandson was very impressed. I usually bake special birthday cakes for them so this was an extension of that.

  • Reply Toni Pike October 4, 2023 at 19:26

    What a magnificent cake, Sue! And everything else looks delicious. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 5, 2023 at 08:58

      Hi Toni, I was pretty happy with the way the cake turned out and Ethan loved it. x

  • Reply marsha57 October 5, 2023 at 09:38

    Lots of yummy food, Sue! But, that First Communion cake is beautiful, and I’m sure it was very special for your grandson.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2023 at 05:34

      Hi Marsha, Ethan loved the cake and was very impressed. That filled me with joy x

  • Reply Janine October 5, 2023 at 15:16

    Hi Sue, I love the look of all the restaurants you visited this month. I shall be adding them to my list of places to visit next time I’m in the Brisbane area. 
    Your muesli bar recipe seems insanely easy – I will definitely be trying that one. 
    And finally, I absolutely love your communion cake – obviously made with special Grandma love. 

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2023 at 05:37

      Hi Janine, we should meet up when you come to Brisbane. The meusli bar is a hit with the boys. I know it has condensed milk which has sugar in it but as a quick snack to make for school lunchboxes it is a winner. x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton October 5, 2023 at 20:50

    Love this, such good eating! The food you made with your grandsons sounds great, particularly the muesli slice! You’re looking well Sue, glad you met up with Deb again. Thanks for linking.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2023 at 05:37

      Hi Gail, the food has been very delicious and not expensive which is always a bonus. I love cooking with the boys. I’m feeling well and yes, catching up with Deb is always great value. x

  • Reply Darlene October 6, 2023 at 04:23

    That cake is very special and I love that you bake/cook with your grandsons. My son was a single dad for awhile and boy was he ever glad I taught him how to cook.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 6, 2023 at 05:38

      Hello Darlene and welcome! Yes the cake was certainly baked with love and well received. I think all boys should be taught to cook because now in this age of equality it’s not just women who are or should be in the kitchen. Lovely to meet you and thanks for visiting. x

  • Reply Debbie October 6, 2023 at 10:20

    Hi sue, your culinary talents abound! I really enjoyed our pumpkin salad and could easily manage it at home (I think). Some lovely treats and outings for you and your cake is superb!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 8, 2023 at 08:30

      Yes, I loved that salad too, Deb and like you I think I could manage it at home as well. x

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