Miz Lizzie Adventures: Figs, Fries and Sunny Skies

We’re heading homewards.

After a final delicious meal in Cairns at the Botanic Gardens – which are, by the way, magnificent – it was time to up sticks and wagons roll, turning our faces reluctantly southwards again.

We have the process of breaking camp by heart now, and once the alarm goes off at 7am, we slip into well-oiled routines, each with our own jobs to do. By lunchtime we were back in Cardwell. This time, I’d opted to forego a crab sandwich in favour of visiting the Pie Cart (anyone seeing a pattern here?).

We ate our steaming hot beefy lovelies at a picnic bench under the old candlenut trees in the park. The trees are beautiful, very old and bent, with deeply fissured bark, glossy oval leaves and hundreds of green candlenuts hanging on stalks. They’re amazing fruit, providing all sorts of uses, and the trees themselves are magnificent.

Onwards through the rain, though we came into Townsville dry, to find they’d allocated us the powered site with the best en suite shower in the entire park. Yeah, baby, power showers! Today we met fellow blogger Manic Mum for lunch at The Ville Resort-Casino at the Marina in Townsville to sample a delicacy whose fame has spread far and wide.

No. Not fries.

Doughnut Fries!!

That’s not potato, it’s cinnamon-spiced doughnut dough, cut into sticks and deep fried. It’s then laid on a bed of chocolate sauce (not tomato sauce as you might have thought), and sprinkled with white chocolate flakes (not shaved Parmesan) and a couple of slices of strawberry. Yup, that last item might have thrown you a bit.

I have to say, they were absolutely, gobsmackingly delicious.

And this is where they were being served.

And yes, that’s Magnetic Island in the background. Just out of idle curiosity, we asked how much it would cost to stay there for a night. Oh, only $260…? We’ll stick to the caravan park. Anyway, I’d call that a pretty good send-off on the last full day of our holiday. We tootled back to Miz Lizzie along The Strand, prime beachfront real estate lined with massive old Moreton Bay Figs. The one below had a multiple trunk about 7 metres across.

Tomorrow the alarm will go off at 7am again, and we’ll swing into action for the last leg, Townsville to home. Yes, lunch will be at Jochheim’s in Bowen again. I’ll be going on a pie and chocolate exclusion diet when I get home, so I need to make the most of the opportunities that present themselves!

Signing off till we’re back. It’s been a blast having y’all along 🙂


38 thoughts on “Miz Lizzie Adventures: Figs, Fries and Sunny Skies

  1. I feel I have been on holiday with you Kate. Thanks for tucking us all into Miz Lizzie – it has been a delight!

  2. manicmumdays says:

    Thanks for taking the time to catch up! Everyone I know now wants donut chips, and the boys couldn’t work out what they were – the cream and strawberries on fries and bbq sauce threw them for a loop 😆

    • katechiconi says:

      It was fun, wasn’t it? I loved the illusion that they were savoury, and then the sweet, crunchy, cinnamony flavour. Much better than the real thing, in my opinion.

  3. Awesome way to finish a trip. I would love to visit Cairns Botanic Gardens.. now on my list… long list… Safe travels ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s fabulous and we didn’t have nearly long enough. I think it’s a good half day’s worth, if not more, but we ran out of time. On the list for next trip here too.

  4. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Looks like you had fun and delicious food during your holiday. Those doughnut fries looked amazing !! I just love old and weathered trees, pity they can’t talk to you. I bet they could tell us a lot of secrets 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      There have been some wonderful trees on this trip, some of which have seen a lot of history. Those candlenut trees have survived the full force of several cyclones.

      • gwenniesgardenworld says:

        I love that kind of tree’s. Sometimes you see tree’s growing in impossible places and still they survive and grow !!

  5. KerryCan says:

    That whole doughnut fry dish is brilliant! Fun and it must be so tasty, too! It’s been a vicariously yummy holiday with you!

    • katechiconi says:

      It was utterly wrong and utterly delicious, so it’s just as well it’s only available 800km away! Holidays are the time we allow ourselves all this naughty stuff, we eat rather sensibly the rest of the time, but what’s a holiday for if you can’t have fun? 🙂

  6. Terri says:

    It’s been fun riding along on your trip. The food looks so good! I’ve enjoyed the photos of the different places you stopped. Have fun on the last leg of your journey.

    • katechiconi says:

      The food has been lovely, the places have been great, and we’ve really enjoyed sharing it on the blog, as otherwise we have only ourselves to talk to about it. It’ll be good to sleep in a proper big bed again, and have a full sized kitchen 🙂

  7. kathyreeves says:

    Doughnut fries….:0) That sounds crazy good for a decadent dessert! Safe travels home!

    • katechiconi says:

      It was extremely wicked and I’m kind of relieved I can’t have it again any time soon, because I can well see it would be very addictive. I’m sad the holiday’s nearly over, but it will be good to get home: I have a teal quilt waiting for me!

  8. Dayphoto says:

    O! What an amazingly wonderful (foodie) and photo-worthy trip you are having!! Excellent!

  9. Gobsmackingly? That word says so much! I hope you don’t mind if I use it sometime. 🙂 The Moreton Bay Fig tree is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing in your adventures. $260 per night!!!

  10. Totally enjoyed my holiday with you and all the delicious yummy treats along the way! Safe travels home 🙂 Sharon

  11. Over so soon? What a delightful time I’ve had tootling along with you. There’s an icy polar blast hitting my house this morning and your blue skies, white sands and fabulous trees are a welcome respite indeed! I hope you arrive home refreshed and enlivened from this most pleasant ramble around the upper tropics.

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, we got home at 3.30pm, and by 5pm I had the caravan unpacked, the laundry on and the mail collected from the neighbours. So that’s a good start. We did have a lovely time, and thankfully there are still a few days before the Husband has to go back to work, time I think we’ll spend in the garden.

  12. I almost lost it with the strawberries and cheese on french fries before I read what it really was. My daughter was looking over my shoulder and couldn’t believe what we were seeing either. What a delightful twist on an old staple. Fun with food edition. I agree with you, going back home and away from all those scrumptious calories is a good thing after a wonderfilled holiday. You’d have to buy new clothes if you stay any longer. So nice you got to visit with a fellow blogger. Bonus! 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      I think I’m just about ready to return to ‘proper’ (ie, healthier) food after all those indulgent days. But I’ll be revisiting those doughnut fries for sure, next time we pass through Townsville!

  13. tialys says:

    A chocolate exclusion diet? What are you going to do with all that chocolatey goodness you bought on your trip? Don’t tell me you’ve eaten it all along the way.

    • katechiconi says:

      Some has been eaten, some has been given to the neighbours for looking after the mail, some is in the fridge for the Husband…. I’m finding myself pining for a salad, if truth be told.

  14. I have really enjoyed your holiday so Thank You and please go again sometime! Meanwhile welcome home.

  15. Doughnut fries??!! Holy cats! You’re killing me.

  16. antonia_ says:

    Great post! All the food looks lovely!

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