It’s Monday

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.




So what have we been doing? Outlet shopping!

Not exactly fun for the kids I know, but it’s a must-do for visiting grandparents (and really, any visiting Singaporean). Anyway the kids needed new shoes (the 4-year-old adores anything new to wear, the 2-year-old screamed and kicked and refused to try on any shoes. He is such a terrible two), the Husband needed new shoes for work. I can’t shop with kids around so I was the only one who didn’t buy anything!

Other things we did last week:


Had a swinging good time at the park and the little Irvington library. They don’t have much of an adult collection but the kids section is pretty good.

Ate Pakistani food. My favourite is the tandoori fish and the saag dal. And of course the naan. That was an excellent meal. These curries are pretty spicy so the kids ate naan and the tandoori chicken and fish with some carrot sticks.





There’s a Red Robin at the outlet mall. And they had a milkshake with Guinness and whiskey. I’m pretty much a sucker for anything with Guinness.






I woke up early on Sunday and made a Father’s Day breakfast of waffles! I tried a new-to-me waffle recipe that had cornstarch in it. I was a bit skeptical but those were some crispy waffles! I made a double batch despite only having one egg. It still worked out pretty well. It’s a keeper!

Since it was Father’s Day, I put the Husband to work at the barbeque. We grilled some lovely ribeye steaks, sausages and a whole lot of vegetables from the farmers market. I also made a cherry tomato cucumber basil salad. And also some grilled-in-foil radishes.



It’s Sunday night and I’m writing this post a little later than usual.



Ruth – Elizabeth Gaskell
Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner







Oreos. As a kid growing up in Singapore, I always wanted Oreos. They were helluva expensive snack then, as they were imported from the US. These days, if I’m not wrong, the ones sold in Singapore are made somewhere else in Southeast Asia and so are a lot cheaper – but also tastes a little different. It’s been ages since I’ve had one, as I think the last package of Oreos I picked up might have been when I was pregnant. They’re just so good dipped in cold milk!


Cold barley tea or mugicha. The perfect drink for summer. I love how it can be cold-brewed – pop the tea bag into a jug of water and leave it in the fridge for a few hours for a refreshing cold drink. The four-year-old loves it too! (Don’t worry it’s caffeine-free).



I bought radishes for the first time at the farmers market on Sunday. I sliced some up, sprinkled salt and pepper, added a pat of butter, wrapped it in foil and put it on the grill. Before eating, a splash of lemon juice.

But what shall I do with the rest of the radishes?

How do you eat your radishes?

I also picked up sweet potato leaves and bok choy at the farmers market. The bok choy will probably go in a stir-fried noodle dish. The sweet potatoes would go well with lots of garlic and chili and shallots ground up together like a sambal.


This lemon chiffon cake. I adore chiffon cakes but have yet to make something other than a pandan chiffon. 

What did Rory Gilmore read after Gilmore Girls ended? (book riot)

“I’m a frotteur, someone who likes to rub words in his hand, to turn them around and feel them, to wonder if that really is the best word possible. Does that word in this sentence have any electric potential? Does it do anything? Too much electricity will make your reader’s hair frizzy. There’s a question of pacing. You want short sentences and long sentences—well, every writer knows that. You have to develop a certain ease of delivery and make your writing agreeable to read.”

Paris Review interview with the late James Salter


Last week:

I read:


Home Cooking: A Writer in the kitchen – Laurie Colwin
The Mousetrap – Agatha Christie
X-Factor Vol 1: The Longest Night – Peter David, Ryan Sook, Dennis Calero
X-Factor Vol 2: Life and Death Matters – Peter David, Ariel Olivetti, Dennis Calero
X-Factor Vol 3: Many Lives of Madrox – Peter David, Pablo Raimondi (Illustrations), Khoi Pham (Illustrations)
X-Factor Vol 4: Heart of Ice – Peter David (Text), Khoi Pham (Illustrations)
Love like Hate – Linh Dinh

I posted:
Weekend Cooking: Hamachi Kama or yellowtail collar

To Sir with Love by E.R. Braithwaite


  1. I look so forward to your food posts every week. Book ones, too, but the food pics make my mouth water. I’ve NEVER know anyone to cook their radishes this way, but I bet I would love them. I’m not a huge fan of them raw, but I bet cooked with butter, salt, and pepper is de-lish! Will definitely try this.


    1. In case you’re interested, I ended up doing a sort of stir-fry with the rest of the radishes! Because we would be out of town for the next few days, I threw in the remainders of the long beans, mushrooms and sliced up the radishes, lots of garlic and a small shallot, a bit of butter, salt and pepper. I think the family is willing to eat radishes if the peppery bite is toned down, and cooking seems to be the way! And of course butter helps…! 🙂


  2. Kids go through shoes so quickly, don’t they? I took BG to get new shoes because I actually could not fit her feet into her sneakers. D came home from school that day and I noticed his toes were sticking out through his shoes! You would think a kid would mention something like that, right?!?

    That milkshake looks amazing. I think anything with both ice cream and alcohol is a winner! 🙂


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