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Mama Farook’s Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes

20 September 2009
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Mama Farook’s Sri Lankan Chilli Potatoes

Because it’s Ramadan, and it’s difficult for Fahim to eat a full meal when breakfast has to be done by 4:30am, enough to carry him through the next 14 hours until he can eat again, he gets to make requests. At the beginning of Ramadan, Fahim had asked for his mother’s chilli potatoes. While...
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Wild Yeast Coccodrillo Ciabatta Bread

19 September 2009
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Wild Yeast Coccodrillo Ciabatta Bread

On the Bread Bakers Apprentice Challenge Twitter stream, there was a discussion about ciabatta breads and how the one in Peter Reinhart’s book wasn’t very wet, which also meant it couldn’t achieve the truly large holes that most people look for in ciabatta bread. @misterrios said: @LMAshton @gaaarp The one I normally make is...
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Roasting vegetables on the stove

11 September 2009
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Roasting vegetables on the stove

I live in a tropical country. It’s always hot. So, if there’s a tiny amount of something to be baked, I tend to do it on top of the stove – it saves on the amount of heat that gets released into the kitchen, which saves on me sweating to death, and it also...
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Ramadan and Routines

10 September 2009
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Ramadan and Routines

Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims the world over, started a couple or so weeks ago. During Ramadan, Muslims fast – abstain from all food and drink – from before sunrise to after sunset. I really wonder how Muslims who live in the far north or far south do it when the days...
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Starfruit in pictures

9 September 2009
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Starfruit in pictures

Starfruit flower Starfruit cluster Cut Starfruit
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On Autolyse in Bread Making

8 September 2009
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On Autolyse in Bread Making

I have a lot to learn about bread baking and, more specifically, sourdough bread baking. One thing I learned about a while ago is autolyse. Autolyse is a fancy word for the stage in the bread-making process where you combine the flour with the liquids (water, milk, etc.) and then let it rest for...
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Nanaimo Bars

7 September 2009
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Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars. Because Fahim is who he is, he’s calling them NaNoWriMo Bars. But we’ll just ignore him, shall we? 🙂 Nanaimo Bars. Ah, that brings back memories. 🙂 Nanaimo Bars have been a part of my life for a good long time. Since I belong to a family of adamant chocaholics, Nanaimo Bars...
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Chocolate Larabars

6 September 2009
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Chocolate Larabars

This is another larabar recipe from Chocolate and Zucchini, this time from her blog post and not from the comments section. I hadn’t heard of larabars until I read about them on Chocolate and Zucchini, but they sounded good, so I gave them a try. Homemade Chocolate Lärabars Ingredients 300 grams (10 1/2 ounces)...
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Lemon Coconut Larabars

5 September 2009
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Lemon Coconut Larabars

Fahim’s already started calling these Laramie Bars, and once he starts something, he’s not inclined to let it go. He changes the names for everything, so I really should be used to this by now… :p Larabars. I came across a post over on Chocolate and Zucchini about them a couple of weeks ago...
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Coffee Delivery in Sri Lanka

26 August 2009
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Coffee Delivery in Sri Lanka

I have to admit, the first time I saw this, I was more than just a little startled. But, if you consider that there are no Starbucks here, or coffee shops in the sense of US coffee shops, I suppose this makes a bit of sense… And yeah, I know, many of you coffee...
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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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