It’s Monday (April 26, 2021)

Hello, it’s Monday again. And good grief, we are almost into May. (I don’t actually say “good grief” but I don’t want to use swear words on this blog, so feel free to replace “good grief” with your favourite swear word.)

So last weekend, my younger son turned 8! We had ramen and cake and tennis with friends. And presents and Skype sessions with grandparents. 

The birthday boy wanted ramen for lunch. So we tried a new place. I had tonkotsu ramen but the kids’ butter miso was tastier! Also, their chilli garlic calamari appetite was surprisingly good. It’s the way they cooked their calamari. Just nicely cooked so it’s not too chewy. In my opinion most places overcook squid

And this is funfetti cake number 2 of the year. I made it with strawberry frosting (using freeze-dried strawberries) outside and chocolate frosting inside.


Reading: Anna K by Jenny Lee

Watching: Vincenzo.

Listening: Still haven’t landed on a new audiobook yet… any suggestions?

Eating and drinking: Cake!

Cooking: Hmmm I have a cabbage to cook up. Maybe I’ll make some soup with fish balls and cabbage. And then another day, I’ll stirfry the cabbage and serve that along some claypot rice.

Last week:

I read:


Sharks in the Time of Saviors – Kawai Strong Washburn

A Pho Love Story – Loan Le

I posted:

Colorful Book Covers #TopTenTuesday

Library Loot (April 21 to 27)

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. I have been watching YouTubes to improve my Cantonese and I found out this week that what I’d always thought was squid=mut yu=”ink fish” is a cuttlefish and a squid is a “yau yu” (whatever a yau is).
    Ironically my mum is the worst person in the world for overcooking squid. My heart used to sink when I found out we were having squid for dinner, as it promised what seemed like hours and hours of chewing.

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    1. Ok I think I may have confused squid with cuttlefish. I’ll have to look it up!

      I’ve never cooked it myself. I think the trick is to either cook it really long or really quickly? But somehow I’ve found that when it’s done in Asian style eateries, they’re much more tender than the Italian style calamari.


  2. Yum – your food pics always look so good! Love your gorgeous cake 🙂

    We have a lot of cabbage to use up, too – we’ve been getting a lot of it from our CSA lately. I normally think of cabbage as a more wintry food (soups, etc) so will have to get creative!

    Here’s my Best of 2020 post, with a list for my Top 10 Audiobooks from last year – maybe you’ll find something to your taste there 🙂

    Enjoy your books this week!


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