Sri Lankan Mango Curry

When I was a kid, I considered my mother making a mango curry to be a real tragedy. Mangoes, especially green mangoes, were best served peeled; with generous amounts of chilli and salt. Cooking them was akin to blasphemy! Many a time my mother would throw her hands up in exasperation , as the bowl…

Nashville Hot Wings

This recipe is my own version of the recipe for the official Belle’s Fried Chicken Sandwich. I’ve turned it into a wing recipe as we’re more fried chicken people, if it comes down to it. Ingredients Chicken Wings (7-8) Oil for deep-frying Seasoned flour: 1.5 cups plain flour 2 tbsp of the spicy seasoning Masala…

Spicy Mackerel Curry

Tinned mackerel is confusingly called ‘salmon’ in Sri Lanka. So this dish, in Sinhalese, is salmon hodi, or salmon in gravy. Now that I think on it, all tinned fish in Sri Lanka is called salmon. Why or why? Anyway, this is a recipe for a spicy curry of tinned mackeral. I prefer to buy…

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…

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…

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…