Kokis

It’s coming up to Sri Lankan New Year and Mr C’s day care is holding a celebration. There are a few Sri Lankan kids and a Sri Lankan teacher so it’s a big deal this year. They’re making coconut rice onsite and dressing up in traditional garb.I was wracking my brain trying to think of…

Sri Lankan New Year

April 14 will mark Sri Lankan New Year this year. Sri Lankan New Year is an important time for all Sri Lankans. Full of rituals, and the signalling of a new beginning for all involved. There are the rituals of cleaning the house and lighting the oil lamp adorned with a proud rooster. Traditionally the hearth…

Egg and Bacon Pastries

You know the family recipes that you’ve been making for years but can’t really trace? This is one of those. Something my mothers has made for as long as I can remember, something I make all the time and something whose roots cannot be traced to anything except great foodie memories. This is a recipe…

Chorizo Sausage Rolls

      I’ve recently made a new friend who lives in the same “neighbourhood community” that we’re in now. Her daughter and Mister C are at the same daycare and have become fast friends. We met before we had officially moved, before our new addition joined us and before the real madness of life set in….

Spicy Beef Patties

      I was cleaning out my freezer and made the awesome discovery of a box of these frozen from a couple of months ago. Yay. Suffice it to say, these spicy, delicious morsels freeze really well. They’re a labour of love but amazingly worth it. Ingredients For the pastry 500g flour ½ cup…

Bourke St Bakery Style Sausage Rolls

          A friend recently asked my what traditional ‘Aussie’ food was and my immediate reply was meat pies and sausage rolls. I don’t know that they’re uniquely Australian, the English eat pies after all.  But to me, pies and sausage rolls  speak of Australia. Hot pies in metal cases streaming out of the canteen, eating…

Maalu Paan

A few interesting factoids about growing up Sri Lankan in Australia. You learn to eat chilli before you can walk You learn to love really hot, really sweet tea in all kinds of weather Mc Donalds is not approapirate road-trip food, Maalu Paan or any other form of “short-eat” is. We grew up going away…

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…

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…