rosemary chicken, guacamole, sourdough naanHowdy. I’m Laurie, and I’ll be your, ah, guide on this odd journey. I’m a Canadian who’s lived inΒ  Sri Lanka (close to ten years), New Zealand (half a year), and now Singapore (a year or so). I have an unusually high tolerance for spicy food. I love chocolate and virgin pina coladas and walks in the rain. Er, wait…

*cough* Right. Erm, I experiment a lot. Being a Canadian living abroad in Asia, there are a lot of things I can’t get that I was used to in Canada, and there are even more things that are available here that I’d never heard of or seen before. So, you guessed it, I experiment. A lot.

sourdough cinnamon buns Not all my experiments turn out, but enough do that it’s well worth continuing.Β  Plus I’m tenacious (read: stubborn) anyway… I even post about my failures and Frankensteins. πŸ˜€

If you’re looking for recipes that involve cans of this, bags of that, this kind of mix or that, you might as well go somewhere else. I rarely use cans, bags, or mixes. I’ve always been a cook-from-scratch kinda gal and I’ve been cooking for forever, so it’s all old hat. Plus canned goods/prepared foods/mixes/you know what I’m talking about are extremely limited in Sri Lanka, less so in Singapore, but even in Singapore, they’re not all that common. One of these days I’ll have to see if I can take photos at the grocery store without getting caught by security…

I bake sourdough bread (no commercial yeast in my baking), although that’s a series of blogs posts all on its own. Seeing as how I’m married to a Sri Lankan, I cook a lot of Sri Lankan curries & sambols & mallungs & sweets & such. Because I get bored easy, I cook a fairly wide variety of food from all over the world. One of these days, I’ll have to explain the origins of that. I bake cakes and brownies and, well, whatever strikes my fancy, all from scratch. And I talk about local food, whether I cook it or not, including local fruits and vegetables, many of which I had never seen before coming to Sri Lanka or Singapore or Asia in general. πŸ™‚

Really, I get a bee up my butt to try something new, and I research recipes, usually on the Internet since I have very few cookbooks here (the rest stayed in Canada when I left to come here), and then I experiment. And generally have fun. The poor husband! πŸ˜›

If you want to know more about my life in Sri Lanka, New Zealand, or now in Singapore, check out A Canadian in King Parakramabahu’s Court, which is all about that.Β  If you want to know more about my writing life, both freelance writing & editing as well as science fiction & fantasy, check out my writing blog, Peregrinas. If you want to check out my professional writing credentials, that’s all on my main page. If you want to check out the hubby, the reason I moved to Sri Lanka, check out his blog.

I hope you enjoy the ride. πŸ™‚

2 Responses

  1. #1

    Laurie…seems like you’re a great photographer. Are you part of the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka that meets at the Lionel Wendt Center? You probably would win a lot of the monthly competitions there. I am still in touch with the group, so if you want an introduction to an officer, I will more than gladly do so. I was the head of the 49th International Photographic Exhibition then in 2005…my wonderful exit before returning back to the US. Am so missing a lot of friends back there. Are you in Colombo?
    Take care and keep up the wonderful work with your blog site and writing career.

  2. #2

    Marvy, thank you for the compliment on my photos.

    No, I’m not a part of the Photographic Society. It’s something I might be interested in at some point, but it’s not something I’m in a position to be involved with right now due to health problems, unfortunately.

    We’re in Nugegoda, just outside of Colombo. Close enough for shopping, but far enough out that we get wandering cows, monkeys, lizards, birds, and such. All of which I like to watch and photograph, of course. πŸ™‚

    How long were you in Sri Lanka and what brought you here? πŸ™‚

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About LMAshton

Howdy and welcome to my site! I'm Laurie and I'll be your, er, hostess today. :)

I'm a Canadian expat currently living in Singapore. I'm married to a Sri Lankan and lived in Sri Lanka for nearly a decade. We also lived in New Zealand for half a year.

I cook Sri Lankan curries, sambols, and mallungs. I bake bread using wild yeast (sourdough that isn't sour). I bake on the stove. I experiment with Indian / Malaysian / Indonesian / Thai / whatever cuisines interest me. And I experiment wildly.

Life is an adventure. Join me! :)

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