Garlic

I have an irrational hatred for cleaning garlic. I hate the way the skin sticks to my fingers, I hate that I can smell the garlic on me for ages afterwards. I hate that all the cloves are different sizes. I also don’t like the taste of smell of the minced garlic in bottles, it…

Masala Vadai

I’ve posted a similar recipe before; Dhal Wade, this is just an update on the recipe and some more detailed photos of the “how to” process. I’ve also decided that there is no agreed upon spelling for “Vadai” and have decided to go with a different spelling today. Yield: This quantity made about 60 medium sizes…

Curry Leaves

When we left Sydney I had to leave my beautiful curry leaf plant behind. It was so handy being able to pop into the garden, tear off a sprig and run back in to pop it into a curry. I don’t have that luxury here. I suspect the climate gets far too cold for curry…

Pol (Coconut) Roti and Lunu Miris

POL ROTI Sri Lankan food can often be time consuming and labour intensive. It’s well worth the effort but sometimes it’s difficult to find the time on a busy weeknight. Pol Roti is an exception. Easy, quick and tasty, it’s something we often eat during the week when the need for curry hits us and…

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

  Chocolate biscuit pudding is one of those childhood dishes that make me truly happy. Can you imagine my excitement when my cousin informed me that Latin American grocery stores stocked Marie biscuits, made by Goya brand. I was thrilled! I couldn’t wait to make it and when I spied a grocery at Pike Place…

Banana Kinda Ice cream

Do you know what happens when you get frozen chopped bananas and blitz them in a food processor…ICE CREAM! As discussed earlier, my husband has a tendency to let bananas go bad. Now, when I see bananas threatening to spoil I chop them, stick them in a freezer bag and pop them in the deep…

Eggplant Pickle

When we lived in Australia, our flat was across the road from Paddy’s market in Flemington. For family events we would often go there bright and early and pick up fish and vegies at remarkebly cheap prices.When I went to make this eggplant pickle, I’d often grab a box of eggplants from the markets so…

Godamba Roti

    My dad comes from a small town in Sri Lanka, between Kegalle and Avissawella. Ruwanwella it’s called and we spend a good part of our holidays there. My uncle, Tissa Mama, is a local somebody. Tissa mama is a foodie of sorts. He has a nose for finding dingy little local joints that have…

Chicken Curry

Here’s a fact; every Sri Lankan I know has a chicken curry recipe that varies slightly. There’s usually a secret ingredient, a steadfast opinion on the necessity of tomato and the right way to use curry powder. I learnt how to make curry from my mother, so this is based very much on her chicken…

Brownies

Back in the day, when I stopped being a Physio (though one could argue I barely started) and decided I wanted to be a teacher, I started going to uni at night. I was in a class with about 12 other amazingly, special people! We made a special bond and I consider them some of…