Mojo Picon Sauce

Years ago, the farmers market at Fox Studios Sydney, used to have an awesome food stall that Mr Firehouse and I used to frequent. Called Mojo Picon, they sold a few delicious Spanish inspired dishes. First, a chorizo sausage, in a French bread roll, with lettuce and plenty of Mojo Picon sauce. You could also…

Lime and Coconut Cake (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

It’s been a long time between posts, my apologies. Turns out it takes more than cardigans, spectacles and a killer “shhhh” to become a librarian. You have to study, and ironically, there were very few books involved. I’ve finally emerged from the assignment and online study scrap heap with some of my sanity intact and…

Quick Lamb Biriyani

One of the great rites of passage as a new mum is the first day you get to venture out alone without kids. My cousin’s little boy is just on 10 months and at about 6 months we decided a day out without baby was in order. The real dilemma was of course, where should…

Black Pork Belly

I got the idea for this recipe while still in the states.I was perusing my favourite blogs, and Lorraine at Not Quite Nigella, posted a review for a new restaurant in Sydney that was serving Sri Lankan food. One of the dishes she tried while she was at the restaurant was a Black Pork Belly…

Quick Passionfruit and Macadamia Cheesecake Cup

With two small children, our family goes through a lot of fruit. A few weeks ago, it was late on a Sunday and we were facing the prospect of starting the week sans fruit. Mr Firehouse volunteered to go to the shops as the grocery shopping was often a task that fell to me. As…

Macadamia White Chocolate Cookies

For the first six months of our marriage Mr Firehouse worked FIFO. He would fly into Perth early on a Monday and stay a week, sometimes two, before flying back on a Friday. We had a bunch of lovely friends in Perth who took great care of him. Inviting him over, taking him out and…

Sweet Potato Pancakes

    For a long time my son Callum didn’t like toast for breakfast. He preferred cooked breakfasts, pancakes, waffles, bacon and eggs. I had neither the time nor the energy to indulge him so I created some cheats. This was one of them. A sweet potato pancake that I made in bulk and froze. Easy…

Pumpkin Curry with Coconut Milk

As you probably already know, I’m a big lover of pumpkin. Especially pumpkin soup. It’s warming, sweet, creamy and comforting. However, when I have made it for Sri Lankan relatives, especially male ones, they don’t seem to get it. I suspect this curry has a lot to do with it. Pumpkin, cooked Sri Lankan style,…

Borscht

My family has rather a strong connection with Russia. In the late seventies my father travelled to the former USSR to study mining engineering. He spoke no Russian, knew no-one and had never travelled outside Sri Lanka. He spent the first year learning Russian and over the next five became well and truly immersed in…

Carrot Leaf Sambol

Sri Lankans don’t really do salad, not in the traditional Western sense anyway. A green leaf sambol or mallung is about as close as we get. Mind you, it’s a pretty good substitute. Seasoned with chilli, and lime juice and mixed with crunchy fresh coconut it’s both tasty and nourishing in the truest sense. These…

Lemon Curd

A few weeks ago I left the role of the SAHM (stay at home mum, if you’re not up with the lingo) and joined the ranks of the working. It makes for a busy week, frantically bolting out of the house at 7 with 2 kids, then rushing back in time for dinner, baths, bed,…

Chocolate Friands (Gluten & Dairy Free)

My parents, born and raised in Sri Lanka, are highly bemused by the sudden popularity of coconut oil, especially as many of the virgin coconut oil products come from Sri Lanka itself. They find it highly comical that health food nuts and buffs are paying exorbitant amounts of money for something that’s rather cheap and…