It’s Monday (November 30, 2020)

It’s the last day of November! The last couple of months of the year always just fly by, don’t they?

If you’re in the US, hope you had a lovely thanksgiving weekend.

My kids will only grudgingly eat the enoki (the long thin mushrooms at the back of the photo). But I love the Bunashimeji the best.

We had our usual hot pot. One side is spicy kimchi broth (from a package) and the other is a homemade vegetable miso broth.

And I made a chocolate pie. We had purchased all our hotpot ingredients a few days before, and it doesn’t require much prep work. But I kept feeling like something was missing, and really, the answer was to make some pie.

It was also time to put up the Christmas tree!

As we buy our hotpot meats from the Japanese supermarket in San Jose (a little bit of a drive), we make the most of it by picking up some fresh sashimi (not the pre-cut kind). This salmon and the otoro were really delicious. The husband made the California rolls (he does all the rolling, I do the prep).



Efren Divided – Ernesto Cisneros


The Great British Bake-Off. I’m a bit behind! So don’t spoil it for me!


Lots of BTS. The kids have decided they love BTS so we listen to them a lot. I’m kinda liking some of their songs too, like Spring Day and Life Goes On.


Breakfast was toasted homemade sourdough bread and tea


It’s back to school again so I’ll have to come up with a plan for some easy lunches and dinners… any thoughts?

Last week:

I read:

I feel like I finally finished a lot of books last week!! Hooray!

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe – Kij Johnson

Dear Girls – Ali Wong (audiobook which Wong herself narrates – really enjoyed this one, despite it being full of words not suitable for young ears)

In the Year of The Virus – Felix Cheong

The Kingdom of Back – Marie Lu

I posted:

Sourdough, finally (and Tartine Bread) #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (November 25 to December 2)

I’m thankful for…#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. Nice looking food! I like mushrooms but my grocery store doesn’t offer very many varieties. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  2. I have a question: are California rolls similar to kimbap or sushi? I had kimbap when I was in 3rd grade and I’d like to try it again but I don’t want to accidentally buy the wrong thing. I’m reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte and Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H Lawrence.

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    1. Hi! I love answering food questions! California roll is a type of sushi. Kimbap is Korean-style sushi. I’m not Korean but I do like eating kimbap. So the difference that I can tell you is that the rice in kimbap is not as seasoned as sushi rice. If I’m not wrong, Sushi rice usually is seasoned with sushi vinegar, sugar, and salt. But kimbap is seasoned I believe with sesame oil and salt. So the rice tastes different. Like sushi, kimbap has different ingredients. I’ve had some with bulgogi (beef), some with spam and kimchi. Cooked spinach, carrots, egg, pickled vegetables seem to be other popular kimbap fillings. Hope that helps!


  3. Of course breakfast was sourdough toast! Yum! I hope your kids grow into mushrooms (not literally). Luckily they are one of Rhiannon’s favourite vegetables now.


  4. I love your divided pot! We’re having soup today too, but it’s all-American split pea soup with leftover turkey!


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