It’s Monday (October 19, 2020)

We are back to Monday again, huh. How was your weekend?

It sounds a bit sad that I get excited to see persimmons at the farmers market. But yay! Persimmons! It’s important to take note of the little things sometimes, like the changing of the seasons and with it, the changing of the seasonal fruits. As someone who grew up in Singapore, a tiny country with little room for agriculture, pretty much all of our fruits, vegetables, meat, fish come from other countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Australia. And as a result – at least at the time I was growing up – produce available in supermarkets wasn’t quite seasonal. After all, we don’t have seasons in the equator (well except monsoon season), and Australian seasons are the reverse to what many of us (more influenced by the US and the UK) typically think of as seasons.

Had some Mexican food for lunch on Saturday. Also margaritas!

But for the kids, I made (for the first time) mango lassi. Frozen mango cubes, Greek yogurt, whole milk, some honey to sweeten it.



Wintersong – S Jae-Jones


Game of Thrones

Great British Bake Off


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants


Toast with peanut butter for breakfast




I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer, so I was thinking of maybe a char siu (Chinese-style barbecue pork) with it. Served with rice and stirfried vegetables.

The leftover charsiu can be used in fried rice, or fried noodles, or on top of instant noodles.

Last week:

I read:

We Are Not Free – Traci Chee

Strange Practice – Vivian Shaw

I posted:

Beef and beer pie #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (October 14 to 20)

Super Long Book Titles #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. So lovely to have a persimmon tree. Also you grew up on a farm??

      California has a lot of persimmons I guess? It’s very easy to find it at the farmers markets here.


  1. Ahhh, I love mango lassi. Especially in the warm weather. Which I gather you’ve been having out there (it’s heading towards zero here, overnight, but the daytimes are still temperate). I’ve been eyeing that Tracey Chee novel: it looks good!

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    1. It isn’t really char siu in that it isn’t read and I use pork tenderloin so it’s really the wrong cut of meat. But the sauce and marinade had that sweet salty charsiu kinda taste and then when you broil it you can get those yummy grilled bits.


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