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Eating Ginger Leaves? Thebu!

25 October 2009
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Eating Ginger Leaves? Thebu!

A little over a year ago, when our house helper lady came to work, she brought us some stalks of thebu. She does this sometimes – brings edible vegetation. Miscellaneous leaves or stalks of this or that. I don’t mind – I’m up for the adventure. ๐Ÿ™‚ The thebu she brought is Costus speciosus....
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Sauerkraut The Old-Fashioned Way

23 October 2009
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Sauerkraut The Old-Fashioned Way

I’m trying to remember what drove me to give sauerkraut a try. I didn’t grow up on the stuff despite being of good ol’ Mennonite ancestry. In fact, I’d never had sauerkraut at all until a couple or three months ago. At any rate, I explored how to make sauerkraut and learned it could...
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Lunch at the Marrybrown

21 October 2009
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Lunch at the Marrybrown

Subway the restaurant/fast food/whatever you call it chain doesn’t exist in Sri Lanka. The nearest Subway is in India, and while India has a lot of them, that doesn’t really make up for not having any here. And I get rumblings for subs every now and then, so, knowing that the Marrybrown has subs,...
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Beet & Feta Cheese Pizza

19 October 2009
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Beet & Feta Cheese Pizza

Sounds odd, right? Yep, that’s what I thought, too. But since I’m off tomatoes–Ayurvedic doc’s orders–and I want pizza, I was willing to give it a try. ๐Ÿ˜€ In this picture, you can see the beet & feta cheese pizza at the bottom centre. To its immediate left is hummous, left and above of...
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Kaiser Soze Rolls

17 October 2009
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Kaiser Soze Rolls

I think “life is an experiment” is a phrase I take way too seriously. ๐Ÿ˜€ I needed a recipe for buns – I’d been craving a Subway meatball sub, and since the nearest Subway is in India, I figured the only way I was going to get a meatball sub would be to make...
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Have a Hankering for Corn on the Cob in Sri Lanka?

16 October 2009
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Have a Hankering for Corn on the Cob in Sri Lanka?

On one of our forays out-and-about, I took some pictures of things I saw along the way. Here, we have a corn stand at the side of the road, most likely squatting on land they don’t own as many road-side stands do. To the immediate left, you can see a fruit stand selling watermelons....
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Mortar and Pestles and Cast Iron Pans and Coconut Scrapers, Oh My!

13 October 2009
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Mortar and Pestles and Cast Iron Pans and Coconut Scrapers, Oh My!

On our way to Arpico in Battaramulla for our weekly grocery shopping, we stopped off at a shop. This shop is about 100 feet east of Arpico on the opposite side of the road in the even that anyone’s looking for it. ๐Ÿ˜€ We stopped because, the last time we were there, I saw...
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Bananas!

23 September 2009
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Bananas!

Bananas grow just about everywhere here in Sri Lanka to the point that you’d swear they grow wild. Oh, wait, they probably do. :p Lots of people have banana plants growing in their yards. Go for a five minute walk in our neighborhood, and you’ll pass dozens to hundreds of banana plants, depending on...
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Lunch on Eid ul-Fitr

21 September 2009
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Lunch on Eid ul-Fitr

We opted to get outside food this Eid. It’s so much less work and so much less tiring. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as good as homemade. We ordered the mutton biryani package from Miami Catering. The mutton biryani came with six hard-boiled eggs and 1 kg mutton (minimum! they say). It also came with...
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Breakfast on Eid ul-Fitr

21 September 2009
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Breakfast on Eid ul-Fitr

Eid ul-Fitr is the day marking the end of Ramadan for Muslims. Eid is one of the most important days for Muslims, similar to Christmas for Christians. Breakfast isn’t eaten until the men return from the mosque for festival prayers at around 8:30 am. Today was a fairly typical breakfast for Eid ul-Fitr or...
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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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