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Bread Trishaw!

30 December 2009
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Bread Trishaw!

We have a neighborhood bread trishaw. We also have neighborhood ice cream trishaws. πŸ™‚ This bread trishaw goes through our neighborhood, and others, playing an annoying tune that everyone recognizes as belonging to the bread trishaw. Those who want to buy bread run out to the road with rupees in hand and buy… whatever....
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Everything you ever needed to know about coconut scrapers

22 December 2009
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Everything you ever needed to know about coconut scrapers

Well, mostly, anyway. πŸ™‚ Being a Canadian, I didn’t know that coconut scrapers were called coconut scrapers – I would have called them shredders or something else, but coconut scraper it is, at least in this part of the world. πŸ™‚ After all, how many coconuts did I ever buy when I lived in...
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Ayurvedic Cough Syrup for Dry Coughs

20 December 2009
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Ayurvedic Cough Syrup for Dry Coughs

I wrote this entry back in August 2007 but didn’t get around to posting it. I have no idea why. Laziness on my part? Probably. Lousy memory? Absolutely. Anyway, here it is. An Ayurvedic cough syrup with no medicinal ingredients to cause side effects, safe for just about anybody, that tastes good and actually...
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Baking on the Stove: Again!

15 December 2009
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Baking on the Stove: Again!

I recently got a new cast iron griddle. I happen to be very fond of it and use it fairly often, including for making flat bread. Takes a while to heat up, as all cast iron does, but has very even heat when it does. Beautiful, beautiful! I’ve used it a few times as...
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Kiri Aluwa – Sri Lankan Milk Toffee

13 December 2009
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Kiri Aluwa – Sri Lankan Milk Toffee

Except that Fahim tells me that no one calls it kiri aluwa, apparently. Ah well. πŸ™‚ This is a sweet that I encountered very soon after I came here. And as usual with most sweets, I adore it. πŸ™‚ In the past, we’ve bought it from the grocery store. Milk toffee usually comes in...
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Cooking with propane burners…

8 December 2009
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Cooking with propane burners…

I’ve mentioned before that not everyone here owns a proper stove with oven. It’s quite common for people to use propane burners like these. Although not everyone can afford this much. We have one neighbor, an old woman, who lives down our road and comes to the abandoned lot next to our house every...
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Cooking Gas On Wheels…

1 December 2009
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Cooking Gas On Wheels…

This big truck is transporting gas cylinders for Shell. The gas cylinders are used for cooking either with gas stoves like I have (4 gas burners plus an oven with a broiler) or with what those from the US and Canada would think of as camping stoves with one to three burners, although they...
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De-husking and wacking open a coconut

29 November 2009
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My mother-in-law kindly showed her coconut de-husking and wacking-open skills for me while I recorder her doing it. She’s very accommodating. πŸ™‚ Here’s the result. It’s only 1:25 long and well worth watching. πŸ™‚
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Produce Shopping in Sri Lanka

24 November 2009
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Produce Shopping in Sri Lanka

Here, we’ve got a few produce shops. See all the bananas hanging there? Most shops here store their bananas that way – more efficient – then will cut off a hand as a customer selects it. The bananas still on the stem is the way plantations sell their bananas to the middle men. When...
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Coconut kiss – “Beijinho de coco”

19 November 2009
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Coconut kiss – “Beijinho de coco”

From the same lady at Craftster who brought Brigadeiros / Embarkadeiros into our life, we have Coconut Kisses, or Beijinho De Coco. Coconut Kisses / Beihinho De Coco Ingredients: 397 ml (14 oz) 525 grams sweetened condensed milk 14 grams (1 T) 19 grams (1 1/2 T) butter 100 grams (3.5 oz) 132 grams...
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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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