It’s Monday and I’m trying to sit still

itsmondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.






It’s Sunday morning, around 930 am. The house is quiet. The husband, in-laws and kids are all at the nearby farmers market. I’m resting at home after a fall yesterday when we were out. Not sure what happened, guess my attention was more on the kids than where I was walking and my foot slipped a little at the edge between the concrete and the artificial grass patch. Next thing I knew a small patch of skin on my left knee was scraped off. Ick. Somehow the fall has done something to my knee though and I can’t put much pressure on it. Walking around the house for a bit is ok, but not much more than that for now. Crap. I am not very good at sitting still.

Anyway, here’s some of what we’ve been doing this past week.



Warmer weather means t-shirts and apple juice ice lollies

F and I made frozen yoghurt raspberry treats.

It’s just a mixture of yoghurt and honey, with some fruits dropped in.   


I also made madeleines for the first time, using Chocolate & Zucchini’s recipe, thanks to a madeleine pan I spotted at TJ Maxx for $7. They were easier to make than I thought, although the batter needs to be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for at least a few hours – I made mine the day before and left to sit in the fridge overnight. As my pan only held about half the mixture, I put the rest in muffin tins and those actually worked out great as well!  Oh and some French bread. And I have to say that my meatball-cauliflower mac and cheese with bacon béchamel was really yummy.







February Flowers – Fan Wu

Just started this book so can’t really say anything about it yet


The Best American Essays 2011 – edited by Edwidge Danticat

I’m slowly working my way through this one.



True Blood and Girls on Amazon Prime. I’m not sure what to think about Girls. I’m probably in the wrong age group.




We only managed to work out way through a third of this at the restaurant and there’s a big chunk of it still in the fridge, just tempting me.


Rooibos and honeybush tea with lemon.


I think I might have to give up cooking this week and leave it to my mother-in-law.


Do you make bread? I always have such issues with scoring the dough. This post from Food52 has a lot of different ways to score! 

Neil Gaiman ad Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation? Awesome!

Everyone talks about 10,000 steps a day. How did we ever get to that number? And how many steps should you really walk?

Added to my TBR:

– The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (via A Bookish Type)

– Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean (via Dolce Bellezza)

Last week:

I read:

X-23: Innocence Lost – Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost and Billy Tan
X-23 Vol 1: The Killing Dream – Marjorie Liu and Alina Urusov
Beguilement (Sharing Knife Quartet #1) – Lois McMaster Bujold
Hexed #1 – #7 – Michael Alan Nelson (Writer), Dan Mora (Artist)
Jem and the Holograms #1 – #3 – Kelly Thompson (Goodreads Author), Ross Campbell (Illustrator)
I posted:

Comics round-up: Underwater Welder; Adventure Time; Jem and the Holograms; Hexed….

Come in, we’re closed: An invitation to staff meals at the world’s best restaurants

Reading notes (June 4 2015)

What have you been up to and what are you reading this week? Plenty of good books I hope!


  1. Hope your knee gets better soon. Did you ask them to take the rest of the cake home from the restaurant? I like eating out but hate waste. I am getting bolder about asking places to wrap up the leftovers though.
    Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro are two of my favourites. Thanks for that link!


    1. I think that’s what life in the US is like. The portions are so huge that it’s regular to pack up leftovers. Usually when the waitstaff brings the cheque, they’ll ask if boxes are needed. So there’s no need to ask!


  2. Oh my, that chocolate cake looks as good as any of the books you’ve highlighted! And thanks for linking to my review. Have a good week!


  3. I hope your knee feels better!

    Your bread and madeleines look lovely. I made everyday bread for the first time this week. It tasted good but I think I need to work on the shape.


    1. Have you checked out the Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum? She details exactly how to fold and tuck and all that (with illustrations) to make loaves of different shapes.


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