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Mutant Escaping Super Bread

17 November 2009
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Mutant Escaping Super Bread

Yeah. The bread rose too much – I left it to rise overnight, and it grew about 5 or 6x in volume. Yikes! I’ve had previous experiences with this particular dough not rising much at all overnight, so I didn’t think it would be this much of a problem. But no, it did. And...
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Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

12 November 2009
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Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

I found some interesting and new-to-me information on The World Bank site: At present this service is at a critical level. Only about 1 out of every 10 households have water on tap and every fifth person relies on rivers, streams and other unprotected water sources for their drinking water. About 30 percent of...
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Review – Olive’s Kitchen and Grill Restaurant

10 November 2009
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Review – Olive’s Kitchen and Grill Restaurant

Fahim and I ate at Olive’s Kitchen & Grill Family Restaurant, which has Chinese, Thai, and Pakistani cuisine. It’s also Halal. I had a mango lassi – excellent! – and Fahim had a fruit juice cocktail – also excellent. We’d ordered salads for starters, seafood for him and Caesar for me. The Caesar Salad...
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Anguna Kola Sambol

8 November 2009
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Anguna Kola Sambol

An old-ish man in our neighborhood does occasional yard work for us. Today, he stopped by to see if we had any work for him, so Fahim got him to clean up the ditch in front of the next-door property since they’re blocked with a foot-deep amount of mud, plant matter, and other refuse,...
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Baking On The Stove: The Update

5 November 2009
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Baking On The Stove: The Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about baking on the stove. You can see some previous posts: Baking on the Stove: Experiment 1 Baking on the Stove: Experiment 2 Roasting vegetables on the stove Fahim and I have wild yeast (sourdough that’s not sour) sweet buns most mornings for breakfast, and as I’ve...
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Whacking A Coconut, The Easy Way

3 November 2009
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Whacking A Coconut, The Easy Way

When I was a kid, I was told that the easiest way to crack open a coconut was to put it in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes, then poke through one of the eyes on the end of the coconut, drain the coconut milk out, then pry it open. Well, no....
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Capsicum and Pickled Lime by Mama Farook

1 November 2009
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Capsicum and Pickled Lime by Mama Farook

This is one of the recipes that Fahim’s mom taught me. I loved it so much that, when my sister and her family were visiting, I made it for them. My sister fell in love with it, too. 🙂 It’s not your usual North American fare, but it’s so delightful it’s worth giving it...
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Embarkadeiros!

29 October 2009
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Embarkadeiros!

That’s what Fahim, the silly boy, calls ’em. They’re really called brigadeiros. They’re a Brazilian treat I learned about on Craftster. The directions in that thread say to microwave the ingredients in a deep container for 6 minutes on high. That didn’t work for me or a few others, unfortunately. When I took the...
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Mmm… Curried Chicken Sandwich… Mmm…

28 October 2009
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Mmm… Curried Chicken Sandwich… Mmm…

I made another batch of Kaiser Soze Rolls, this time with the no-honey substitutions, and it turned out beautifully! Lunchtime came around, so I made myself a sandwich. Kaiser Soze Rolls with shredded curried chicken; bell peppers, cucumber, and onion; and of course homemade mayonnaise. Yum! Tags: lunch, bread, rolls, kaiser rolls, mayonnaise
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Something for you to not try at home, kiddies.

27 October 2009
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Something for you to not try at home, kiddies.

You know the cast iron pan I got? Yeah, I still love it. 😀 As cast iron pans go, they need to be seasoned. Seasoning involves rubbing it with some kind of oil or fat. Some people recommend lard as being the best. Then you stick it in the oven, which you then turn...
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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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