Embrace the unexpected.
Recently a group of friends and I were sharing our current reading habits and I was intrigued by our differences in choices and routines.
I love the company of books and my favourite authors have literally been a gift to me in my darkest moments. I always have a mix of books going at the same time. Currently around 23 but here are 10 of them. I find that having books on the go from different genres allows me to always have a book that fits any mood.
How and what are you reading?
The question I’m asking readers this week is, “How do you make sense of today and keep forging ahead when the future is uncertain?”
I’d like to hear your thoughts.
Known for it’s quaint steep streets and cute Workers Cottages Red Hill is one of my favourite Brisbane suburbs to explore and hang out. Located in a colonial corner store, The Little Red Providore stands out on Windsor Rd with its bright red door! The first thing I noticed when I walked in was an artisanal vibe. As a creative person I loved seeing a display of artworks for sale, locally crafted ceramics, jams, breads, milk and condiments just to name a few. The café is also known for spontaneous menu changes guided by seasonal produce and the Chef’s inspiration.
This visit was my third and having only previously ordered the Brioche Breakfast burger I decided to try something different from the menu. We ordered the big breakfast to share: grilled haloumi, bacon, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, avocado, scrambled eggs, rocket and homemade tomato sauce on sourdough toast but swapped the sourdough with brioche.
We settled into a nice warm spot in the sun filled courtyard downstairs. The indoor seating area downstairs was abuzz with students and professionals working away at their laptops. There is a relaxed living room style area with a couple of sofas and cushions, a library for customers who would love a book with their coffee and a kids section. We noticed an artist nestled in a corner drawing butterflies and this warmed my creative soul!
Our meal arrived without delay and we dug into it with gusto (I was starving and it was almost lunchtime)! I enjoyed the freshness of the meal with the rocket, tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado creating a mix of flavours, textures and colours that appealed to all my senses! The brioche was mildly toasted and on second thoughts I should have stuck to sourdough toast as the brioche turned out to be quite light but it still worked. The haloumi and eggs were seasoned perfectly and they worked together with the fresh seasonal produce to create a flawless symphony of flavourful goodness. I also enjoyed the pineapple and orange juice which I found quite refreshing and not too sweet.
It was a lovely day for such a delicious adventure and while we indulged in the culinary delights we also engaged in some meaningful conversation which I think is always the perfect accompaniment to a good meal. My partner asked me this cliched but introspective question,
“If you could have breakfast with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be?”
As simple as the question might seem it took me a couple of mouthfuls to ponder and come up with a answer. I had four people I would love to have breakfast with-
- Queen Esther (written about in the Bible)
- Oprah Winfrey
- Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
- Jacinda Arden, PM New Zealand
I am inspired by these four women because they have charted courses that push the boundaries of racism and sexism. They inspire me to be brave and courageous, to see opportunity in seemingly impossible situations and to believe in myself no matter what.
Who would you like to have breakfast with?
Visit The Little Red Providore
I’m my harshest critic and my most merciless slave driver. I know I’m doing a good job but maybe it’s the solo parent’s resident thorn in the flesh – I can only see all I’m not doing well, my failings, how I might be f***ing my kids life and future up. So to control everything, I don’t let myself stop working and when I do I get restless! I’m working on it.
Today I’m giving myself a day off and allowing my mind to rest. Slave driver and inner critic take a day off and hopefully never come back. Today I have permission to rest and have no expectations of myself. There’s always going to be work to do but today is going begin with Yoga, meditation, devotions, tea, progress to coffee & pancakes, then magazines, romance novels and then BBQ with friends. I might fit in a leisurely walk. That’s all. I do need to put out the laundered school uniforms to dry. Hang on my kids can do that for themselves. Happy sigh. I hope you get a chance to rest today. 💋
Breakfast was a gorgeous affair at the Corner Store Café – Sylvan Rd, Toowong. I have driven past this cafe many times with a silent note to self to stop and try it out and I was pleasantly surprised to rock up to our agreed breakfast meeting spot for the week and find out this was the place!
I loved the ambiance – we could walk through the kitchen to get to various sitting areas and it was relaxing to snag a spot with a view of the beautiful leafy Toowong suburb. The café was vibrant with young moms meeting up with toddlers in tow, professionals from local workplaces and older couples catching up after their morning walk. There was a country feel to the café with fresh flowers for sale displays in cream enamel jugs and rustic wood decor.
Breakfast itself was delicious, I ordered the chilli omelette and maple bacon on toast with a delicious hazelnut cappuccino and my partner and I seriously recommend the omelete!