It’s Monday (October 12, 2020)

My older boy had his first band class! He’s playing the trombone. And we all had a good laugh as he played his first few notes. He’s practising in the guest room which is a bit away from the rest of the house…

Lots of baking last week…

Walnut bread on the left, chocolate babka on the right

Some dishes from this Malaysian-Burmese restaurant. First time trying Mohinga, which is a fish noodle soup, quite delicious. Apparently Myanmar’s national dish and often eaten for breakfast. The second dish is wat dan hor which in Singapore we know more as hor fun.

We also drove down to Palo Alto for some Shake Shack burgers! It’s funny how we hadn’t eaten out in ages – we do quite a bit of takeout as we want to support our local restaurants (also I can’t cook every single meal). But luckily Shake Shack is in the Stanford Mall so it’s more of an outdoors-type mall and there are plenty of benches to sit (away from pedestrians) and have a meal.






I had homemade walnut bread for breakfast


Coffee. It’s one of those mornings where I woke up feeling tired!


Last week was a nice cool week but this week is going to be warm once again, so not sure how much oven-style cooking I want to do. Maybe I’ll cook some bibimbap, use any leftover rice to make fried rice. So far that’s what I’ve got.

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

Dim Sum of All Fears

Library Loot (October 7 to 13)

Book Covers with Fall Vibes #TopTenTuesday

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. Wow! This was the wrong post to read while hungry! Your book and food photos are tantalizing. I’m going to have to stop sitting on the couch and get up and make lunch. 😉 Thanks for visiting my blog today! I made bibimbap recently for the first time, and loved it. (Although I didn’t know how to pronounce it, and my husband made fun of me!)

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  2. I have been so curious about babka but have not yet tried to make it. One of these days I hope to try. I’m glad that your new trombonist can do his practicing at some remove. Learning an instrument isn’t easy – or tuneful – at first. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. It was interesting to read (after making it) that some people find it a harder bake. If you’re familiar with bread making, I don’t think it’s too hard. Maybe it’s the shaping of the loaf? Make sure you use a recipe with clear instructions and photos about how to shape the loaf. It’s not hard but photos will help.


  3. Hooray for first band classes! Hope he continues to enjoy it.

    How is the audio of Braiding Sweetgrass so far? I want to read it but haven’t yet decided between print or audio.

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    1. So far so good. Hope he will keep his enthusiasm for band going!

      I’m really enjoying the audiobook. Her voice is very calm and soothing although she does speak a bit slow so listening on 1.25x speed sounds more like regular speed to me.


  4. Wow, I remember checking your blog for news of his having been born. Hard to believe how quickly time moves (when you’re not in lockdown and worried all the time LOL).

    If you enjoy Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book, you would also probably enjoy her book about Moss. It sounds like the last thing one would want to read about, but she makes it so fascinating (but perhaps not one for audio).


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