Koththu Roti

It’s really hard to imitate koththu roti outside Sri Lanka. The speed and clang of the metal blades can be heard far and wide and when I’m on the streets of Lanka it’s hard to ignore.  Koththu is a dish composed traditionally of chopped up godamba roti, meat curry and vegetables. Since godamba roti can…

Spicy Sauteed Vegetables

My mum looks after kids at home, she’s a family day care mum. About 10 years ago (wow) she looked after these too angelic boys who we’ll call J and L. The were absolutely beautiful and came from an absolutely beautiful family. Anyway, for Christmas one year J and L’s lovely mum bought my mum a…

Banana Cake with a Maple Glaze and Pecans

Me and measuring cups have a checkered past. When Nuwan and I were getting ready for our wedding, we went to Myer (big Aussie department store) and registered. That’s the fun part where they give you scanners and you can walk around the store scanning items that your guests will hopefully buy for you. We…

Pol Sambol

    When Nuwan and I were visiting his grandmother (Achcho) after our wedding she wanted to cook us everything under the sun. She suggested crabs and prawns and fish but every time she asked we’d say  “just pol sambol, parrippu (dhal) and bread please”.  I think if we were given the opportunity we’d have…

Dairy-free Chocolate Cupcakes

  A few weeks ago someone in my mother’s group suggested going to a pumpkin patch. I was all in, it sounded fun and exciting and so quintessentially American! We found a good time and decided to go before the weather “turned”. A few days before the event when Mr Firehouse asked “what exactly is…

Chicken Wing Casserole/Sauce

   My mother taught me many important things. One of the great fears she instilled in me was a fear of pressure cookers. I don’t think they have a name for that one yet. The story goes that when she was younger and living in Sri Lanka she was cooking something in the pressure cooker…

Super Simple Tomato Sauce

One of Mister C’s favourite foods is pasta with tomato sauce. Of course, when my high-alert new mummy radar saw how much salt was in tinned tomatoes, I flipped out. Seriously? Ever since then I’ve been buying the ‘no salt added’ and much more expensive tin or making my own sauce. This is one of…

Kiri Kos (young jackfruit) Curry

  Disclaimer: I have never cooked fresh young jackfruit. I’ve eaten it. I’ve enjoyed it but this isn’t a recipe for fresh jackfruit because up here in the Pacific North-West it’s not something we get very often. Instead, we enjoy the fried chips cooked in a curry at least until we can get back to…

Coffee & Toffee Cupcakes

   Years ago I used to be a Barista at Gloria Jeans (like Starbucks Australia) and since I went to Uni during the days I often worked the Thursday night shift. In Australia, malls open late on Thursday for what we call ‘late night shopping’. I think it’s supposed to coincide with pay day and…

Spinach Curry

Sometimes all you have in your house are frozen and canned vegetables, and sometimes I like to pretend we’re in a zombie apocalypse and cook as if all we have are frozen vegetables. This is a curry my mum used to cook all the time. It’s full of goodness and flavour and super easy to…

Sweet and Spicy Eggplant

  The other night Mr Firehouse and I were having leftover Chinese take-away for dinner. As carefree as I often am with what Mr C eats, I thought it too early to introduce him to MSG. So I cooked a simple vegetarian stirfry with some home-made plum sauce that I knew he liked. You see,…

Moroccan Meatballs with Egg and Tomato

In my humble opinion, nobody does cooking shows quite like the British. Paula Deen, butter and all, has nothing on Nigella. The Pioneer Woman’s frontier is pretty amazing but doesn’t quite have the appeal of River Cottage or Hugh and his curly locks. And really, can anyone compare to Jamie Oliver (the correct answer is…