Ginger Brulee

I read the Guardian. I know that might change your opinion of me, but it’s true. For a while now they’ve been publishing a piece called “How to cook the perfect….” and it always catches my eye. The premise is simple. They choose an iconic dish, fried chicken for example. Then they research recipes by…

Black Tea and Ginger Friands

A long time ago, in a land far far away (Sri Lanka), my great grandfather set up a tea factory in the hills of Ratnapura. It still stands there today and is run by my great-uncle. It makes stellar tea and if you’re in the market for some Single Origin estate Ceylon Tea, there’s no…

Unduwel – Panni Walalu

 Growing up, we had a friend called S. She would visit us in the holidays and pester us to entertain her…apparently it was our duty. She would arrive very early in the morning and wake us up. She would then ask us to make her holidays fun…we were none too impressed. We would have to…

Dhal Wade

My parents are originally from the Sri Lankan mountain city of Kandy. We still have many relatives there and spend time on our family holidays there. Our main pot of call is Helpitiya, where my mother’s Aunty lives. There’s is a huge house, full of secret rooms and nestled in cool tropical forest. They  are…

Masala Chai Mix

I love tea! I love drinking it, eating with it and even just smelling it. It’s my happy place. The smell of tea reminds me of Sri Lanka. I was wracking the old brain to try and think of something to give the lovely ladies at my second baby shower. Pabs, I guess this means…

Coffee cake with caramel meringue buttercream and caramel chips

This is a recipe I’ve adapted. Credit for the original cake recipe goes to the lovely ladies at Exclusively Food and the icing is based on a Martha Stewart one. Coffee buttercake Ingredients 225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour 75g (1/2 cup) plain flour 150g butter, chopped and softened (if using unsalted butter, add 1/4…

Dukkah

I first discovered Dukkah in the Hunter Valley of NSW. A fair few of the wineries carry gourmet olive oils and most of the oils are served with crusty bread and dukkah to dip in. There are too many variations to count, but here’s one of my favourites. We haven’t been able to find this…

Gluten Free Rosemary Scones

I’ve discovered during my forays into GF cooking that different GF flours work best for different recipes. Nat and I discovered for example that Redmill flour is great for cakes and strong flavoured desserts, King Arthur for pastry and this particular mix seems fabulous for scones. It’s called Hodgson Mill and available at Walmart.  Not…

Gluten Free Tabouleh with Quinoa

  I love recipes like tabouleh. Back in Australia, courtesy of my herb garden, I always had the ingredients on hand. Parsley, spring onions, burghal, olive oil, lemon juice and tomatos. It made for a quick and easy salad with grilled meat and the best thing was that it kept for a while. In fact,…

Gluten Free Dukkah Crusted Chicken

With so many gluten free friends I’ve had to think outside the box for some recipes. Here’s one that is as easy to make as it is delicious. 3 chicken breasts/thighs sliced into batons 15 skewers 1 egg and a dash of milk 1 cup of rice bubbles (make sure these are gluten free if…

Cheesecake in a cup

Nuwan and I have developed an unhealthy habit of having dessert every day. So much for both our grand plans to lose weight. Here’s something I like to call cheesecake in a cup and I love it because it’s full of stuff I always have in the fridge and cupboard Ingredients 6 biscuits  (I used…

Lemon-passionfruit Meringue Tart

Ingredients One tart shell baked through (I used this recipe from my friend Nat’s blog). Of course, if you’re not GF just use plain old normal flour. Lemon/ passion filling 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup passion fruit pulp (if you don’t have this just use entirely lemon 4 eggs at room temperature  2.5 tablespoons…