It’s Monday (June 27, 2022)

Some things last week:

The kids and I made dumplings. I panfried some and boiled some. We ate it with noodles and bokchoy. The dumplings were just a simple ground pork mixture with some finely chopped bokchoy and minced ginger. We seasoned it with sesame oil, soy sauce, white pepper and salt.

The 9yo went on his first sleepover and he was very pleased that they got to stay up late and play video games! I guess my older son said that he was bored by himself 😛

A sushi sashimi platter we had over the weekend.

Otherwise, it’s been a week of playing tennis, going swimming, and hanging out.

Currently…

Reading:

The Starfarers Quartet Omnibus – Vonda McIntyre

The Twin – Gerbrand Bakker

Watching:

Starstruck on HBO Max

Listening:

Nothing at the moment

Eating and Drinking:

I had some sourdough toast with a slice of gouda for breakfast.

Cooking:

Last week:

I read:

Build Your House Around My Body – Violet Kupersmith

Sorrow and Bliss – Meg Mason

I posted:

Library Loot (June 22 to 28)

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It’s Monday (June 20, 2022)

Some things last week:

Ordered some takeout from a place that specialises in panfried soup dumplings (above). The dumplings have a wonderful crunchy bottom and the inside is still nice and soupy. The filling is like xiaolongbao. We also ordered the spicy beef noodles. The kids have zhajiangmian.
Stone fruits are out in splendour at the farmers market. Our favourite are white nectarines.
For Father’s Day, the husband asked for Korean BBQ. So we got these nice sliced wagyu (and also regular beef slices for bulgogi). The meat on the left is pork belly.

After watching Jamie Oliver’s Keep Cooking and Carry On, I made a fish pie. This series was pretty much geared towards people in quarantine, using stuff in your freezer and pantry. And hey, I had all these ingredients. I used salmon and tilapia. I didn’t have spinach but there were carrots, celery, and peas. So I figured that was ok in terms of vegetables.

Currently…

Reading:

Four Treasures of the Sky – Jenny Tinghui Zhang

Watching:

Iron Chef on Netflix. Netflix rebooted Iron Chef! It’s got new Iron Chefs like Ming Tsai and Dominique Crenn, and a new cohost – Kristen Kish, winner of Top Chef season 10. I’ve also watched another cooking show she’s on – Fast Foodies on HBO Max. In that show, she and two other chefs copycat a celeb guest’s fave fast food, then in the second round, put their own spin on it.

Listening:

Still listening to Stanley Tucci talk about Italian food!

Eating and Drinking:

The kids and I made pancakes yesterday, so we had a few more leftover for breakfast this morning.

Cooking:

This week is going to be a hot one, but I haven’t quite figured out what to cook. Definitely not anything that requires long bake times! Maybe some quick stir fries. If it all goes to pot, then there’s always the option of eating tuna mayo on rice, which the kids love.

Last week:

I read:

Kodi – Jamie Cullum

The Cat Who Saved Books – Sōsuke Natsukawa

The Sentence – Louise Erdrich

I posted:

Library Loot (June 15 to 21)

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It’s Monday (June 13, 2022)

Some things last week:

The kids’ last day of school was Monday (yeah I don’t know why either) and they’ve been enjoying last week. Took them to swim and play tennis.
We ate some Singapore style Hainanese chicken rice.

Currently…

Reading:

Cafe con Lychee – Emery Lee

(pictured with a spaghetti that I made with a delicious broccoli cheddar sauce. It’s essentially boil broccoli until it’s soft, then blend with grated cheddar, some of the pasta water, salt and pepper. I also added some garlic powder and a bit of cream).

Kaiju Preservation Society – John Scalzi

I honestly could have finished this in one day, but I’m enjoying it a lot so I’m trying to stretch it out a bit and make the ride last longer

When it’s a hot day (and there were some last week), I just want a really simple meal and this is what we ate. Rice (cooked in the rice cooker), tuna mayo, and Korean seasoned spinach (blanch spinach for 1 minute, plunge into ice water to shock and cool, squeeze the spinach to remove most of the water, then season with some soy sauce, sesame, garlic powder or fresh garlic. Keeps well for a few days in the fridge.)

The husband couldn’t get enough of the biryani we had the other day, and ordered some last night for dinner. I enjoyed the roasted goat so much, so I ordered it again! Interestingly, this time the goat had bits of cashew nuts in it? Maybe it’s a different cook… still tasty though.
I made a little thank you cactus for each of their teachers. The kids are in a mandarin immersion program so they have one English language teacher and one Mandarin teacher (who also teaches Math).

Watching:

Our Flag Means Death on HBO Max

Listening:

Taste – Stanley Tucci

Eating and Drinking:

For breakfast, I had a slice of buttered toast and a mug of tea

Cooking:

The kids want to make wontons so we bought some dumpling wrappers and ground pork. I might do fried wontons as well as the usual boiled versions.

I also bought some rice vermicelli so was thinking of making a Singapore-style dish called vegetarian beehoon. Essentially fried rice vermicelli with lots of vegetables like carrots and mushrooms. In Singapore, it’s a popular breakfast item.

Last week:

I read:

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake – Alexis Hall

The Cat Who Saved Books – Sōsuke Natsukawa

I posted:

What to do with (almost) 20 pounds of cherries #WeekendCooking

Library Loot (June 8 to 14)

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It’s Monday (June 6, 2022)

Some things last week:

The husband’s friend was visiting Northern California with his kids (they’re from Colorado), and we invited them over for dinner.

We introduced them to Korean BBQ and Korean fried chicken. I also made a Hawaiian macaroni salad.
Using up the last of the cherry haul from Brentwood! I made lots of cherry desserts and will put up a post on it all soon. These were cherry turnovers using store-bought puff pastry
We tried out a new to us biryani eatery. On the left is roasted goat biryani and the right is a boneless chicken biryani (the chicken is underneath all that rice). It was really delicious! I love how the goat was tender and moist. We also had a saag paneer which was delicious but so spicy.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Hacks on HBO Max. Just watched the last episode of season 2. And I’m not sure if there’s a season 3? Hopefully there is! I loved this show.

Listening:

Eating and Drinking:

I had some baguette for breakfast

Cooking:

We still have a bit of pork belly, vegetables, and rice leftover from the KBBQ. I’ll cook that up into a fried rice.

It’s a slightly warmer week but I have some broccoli languishing in the fridge and I feel like having soup! So broccoli cheese soup maybe?

Last week:

I read:

By the Book – Jasmine Guillory

The Spanish Love Deception – Elena Armas

I posted:

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Library Loot (June 1 to 7)

China Boy by Gus Lee

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It’s Monday (May 23, 2022)

Some things last week:

On Sunday morning, we drove for an hour to get to Brentwood. It’s cherry season and as the whole Bay Area knows, you head to Brentwood for cherry picking. There are also some other u-pick farms there, like stone fruits and strawberries. But picking strawberries is too much work, and at last weekend’s farmers markets, the stone fruits look too small. Anyway, we were there for the cherries. We went with some friends (our kids all attend the same school) and had fun picking Bing cherries. Then In-N-Out for lunch!

It cost about $4 a pound (at the farmers market it’s about $7 a pound) and we got about two buckets full for our family. Our fridge is full of cherries now! I might make some into a cherry pie. Never made one before, but I’ve made a blueberry pie so I’m guessing it’s not that much harder than that.

We ordered from our favourite Malaysia/Singaporean-style restaurant. We had satay chicken, beef rendang, curry vegetables, gado gado (a kind of salad with jicama, bean sprouts, cucumbers, tofu and a peanut sauce), and two types of noodles.

Currently…

Reading:

China Boy – Gus Lee

Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus

House of Many Gods – Kiana Davenport

Watching:

Listening:

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang

Eating and Drinking:

A morning glory muffin (recipe from KAF).

Cooking:

I just found a small bag of arborio rice at the back of the pantry! I thought we had finished them all and so I’m excited to have found it ;P That means I just need to go get some parmesan and maybe scallops and asparagus. And then risotto is in the books.

Last week:

I read:

Summer of Sloane – Erin L. Schneider

We Ride Upon Sticks – Quan Barry

I posted:

Library Loot (May 18 to 24)

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It’s Monday (May 16, 2022)

Happy Monday! Hope you all have a great week ahead.

Some things last week:

Tried a black sesame ramen at our favourite ramen restaurant. Not quite sure if I liked it! I think I associate black sesame taste with sweet items (for instance, black sesame paste which is a sweet soup, black sesame bao). But it was fun to try something new for a change.

For dinner last night, we ordered Indian/Pakistani food, which we hadn’t had for a while. Our usual order is tandoori fish and tandoori chicken (not pictured), garlic and plain naan. Three curries – mixed veg, saag dal, saag paneer. Messy looking photo, but it was delicious as always!

Sunday was National Chocolate Chip Day – not sure how my kids knew that – so I had to make some chocolate chip cookies for them!

The 11-year-old recently joined a jazz band. He plays the piano and is one of three 5th-graders in the group, the rest are teenagers. They practice every week and once a month, they perform at a local pizza place. He’s enjoying the music but still has a lot to learn when it comes to jazz piano!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Hacks! on HBO Max. I really like this show about a legendary Las Vegas female stand-up and a 25-year-old entitled comedy writer. It’s smart and funny, and has an older female lead.

Listening:

Still listening to Qian Julie Wang’s Beautiful Country.

Eating and Drinking:

I had some leftover steel cut oatmeal for breakfast.

Cooking:

We have more Indian food leftovers. But I’m thinking of cooking some claypot rice this week (traditionally done in a claypot but I don’t have one, so I cook it in my rice cooker). It’s a seasoned rice with Chinese sausage, chicken, and mushrooms.

Last week:

I read:

Chew volumes 8 to 12. I feel like I was in a bit of a reading slump over the past week or more. So I read a lot of these Chew comics.

I posted:

Library Loot (May 11 to 17)

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It’s Monday (May 9, 2022)

So the kids are on the mend from Covid. Thanks for your well wishes! The younger one was back at school last week, and the older one took a few more days off (he also got symptoms a few days later than the younger one). So he just went back to school today.

Warning: food pictures coming up!

We decided to have Korean BBQ at home for Mother’s Day. The kids helped prep the vegetables, the bulgogi was a premarinated one that we got from HMart. We also got some nice kalbi and pork belly. We ate it with rice and also lettuce leaves. There was also fish cakes and anchovies from the HMart deli area.

Also, on Cinco de Mayo, the kids wanted to have tacos and burritos. This was my al pastor taqueria taco from our local Mexican restaurant.

I was going to add some photos but WordPress is being a bit sh*tty so I’m giving up.

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

China Boy – Gus Lee

Watching:

Upload Season 2 on Amazon video

Listening:

Beautiful Country – Qian Julia Wang

Eating and Drinking:

I had toast and a slice of Brie for breakfast.

Cooking:

I have some extra pork belly from the KBBQ so I might cook that up and add it to some ramen. I also have to cook up the rest of the bag of asparagus. Maybe a pasta with salmon and asparagus?

Last week:

I read:

A Magic Steeped in Poison – Judy I. Lin

I posted:

Tangzhong marble bread #WeekendCooking

Asian diaspora

Library Loot (May 4 to 10)

Read in April 2022

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Read in April 2022

My Friend Anna – Rachel DeLoache Williams

Well, after reading this I’m definitely recommending that you NOT watch Inventing Anna on Netflix.

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The second book in the Inheritance Games series.

Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

I loved this one about a teenager living in Chinatown in 1954. Its focus is on the coming of age of a Chinese-American lesbian.

Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro

A very disappointing read.

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic – Wauter Manner

A fun comic about a young chef and a strange snack problem.

Falling Short – Ernesto Cisneros

A middle-grade novel about fitting in and basketball.

The Love Con – Seressia Glass

A cosplay reality TV show!

The Maid – Nita Prose

I listened to this one. But I didn’t really like the main character.

The Cartographers – Peng Shepherd

I was quite fascinated by this one. It has to do with maps and places hidden in maps. But the characters… I felt little for them.

Intimacies – Katie Kitamura

An audiobook that worked well for me. Fiction audiobooks are never really my thing as I can get distracted easily. But this story set in The Hague with an interpreter as the main character held onto me.

Hide and Geek – T.P. Jagger

A cute middle-grade novel about a group of geeks helping to save their town by solving puzzles.

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

Read my almost-review here.

Ballgowns & Butterflies – Kelley Armstrong

A novella of the Stitch in Time series. Don’t start with this one, start with A Stitch in Time.

Portrait of a Thief – Grace D Li

A kind of Ocean’s 11 but with art that was stolen from China by western countries. I really wanted to like but the characters were a bit bland.

It’s Monday (May 2, 2022)

You may have seen in my post last week that my younger son tested positive for Covid after our return from Hawaii. Not long after, my older son had a slight fever and cough. It took a few days for him to test positive after that. So for last week, it was mostly about resting at home, but also having the kids do some work that the teachers had assigned them.

My younger son is doing a lot better and had no symptoms yesterday so he went back to school today. My older son still has a cough so he’s going to stay home for a bit longer.

So we didn’t really do much over the last week. But here’s a few things:

An order from Asian online grocer Weee! I hope to make some Korean tofu soup with the mushrooms and green onions (sundubu jigae), spinach side dish (Sigeumchi-namul) which is a great way to use up any spinach you have – it’s essentially blanched spinach seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and garlic. I usually use garlic powder instead of minced raw garlic. This way there’s some garlic flavour but it’s not too strong for the kids. You can keep it in the fridge for a few days.
Got some pho with rare meat, flank, and beef balls for lunch on Saturday.
Made an Asian diaspora stack from my books as May is AAPI Heritage Month!

Currently…

Reading:

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance – Lisa Yee

The Wedding Crasher – Mia Sosa

Watching:

The Walking Dead season 10

Listening:

I recently finished Intimacies by Katie Kitamura and haven’t yet picked a new audiobook.

Eating and Drinking:

I had a pain au chocolat from Paris Baguette for breakfast.

Cooking:

I’ll be cooking some simple foods this week. Noodle soups, rice and fish with lots of vegetables. Hopefully it’s nourishing and will help improve everyone’s immune systems.

Last week:

I read:

Chef Yasmina and the Potato Panic – Wauter Mannaert

Intimacies  – Katie Kitamura

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

To Love and to Loathe – Martha Waters

I posted:

Library Loot (April 27 to May 2)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel

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It’s Monday (April 25, 2022)

Happy Monday! My younger son turned 9 over the weekend, and also had a positive covid test the same day. Sigh. It was something I had been worrying about since we returned from Hawaii last week. The mask mandate on airplanes was still on when we flew to Hawaii but it was shot down a few days later. And at least half the people on the full flight back to the Bay Area were not wearing masks. We still kept ours on, but with a five plus hour flight, can’t avoid taking it off to eat and drink. So it’s unfortunate that he now has Covid. As of today, the rest of the family has tested negative, but we’ll keep testing over the next few days.

But, we did have a wonderful time in Hawaii. It was the kids’ first time to Hawaii and everyone’s first time to the Big Island. We went night snorkelling with the manta rays, saw the lava glow at the Volcano National Park, and lots of swimming and relaxing at the beach.

You can see more details and photos on my Big Island post.

Some things last week:

Currently…

Reading:

While Justice Sleeps – Stacey Abrams

Watching:

The Walking Dead

Listening:

Intimacies – Katie Kitamura

Eating and Drinking:

Jasmine tea. And a maple doughnut.

Cooking:

I’ll cook some simple meals this week. Noodle soup. Rice and dishes. I’ve got some asparagus and spinach to cook up. Some maybe I’ll turn that into pasta.

Last week:

I read:

The Hawthorne Legacy – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Love Con – Seressia Glass

Sea of Tranquility – Emily St John Mandel

Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

I posted:

Big Island April 2022

Library Loot (April 20 to 26)

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