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Hummous or Hummus or Hamos or…

21 August 2009
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Hummous or Hummus or Hamos or…

Houmous or hommos or hommus or hummos or humus… To me, it’s all the same thing. A great dish. 😀 Hummous is a Middle Eastern dish made predominantly from chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans, gram) and other ingredients like tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and seasonings. Its origins are unclear, although, according...
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Eggs in Sri Lanka

19 August 2009
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Eggs in Sri Lanka

It’s just not the same as it was in Canada, let me tell you. 🙂 There’s a shop at the end of our road, about 50 meters away. It’s a small shop, about 6’x6′. When Fahim buys eggs for me from there (he goes because they don’t speak English and would not understand me,...
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The Sizzle, The Scam

27 July 2009
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The Sizzle, The Scam

There’s a restaurant that Fahim and I go to every now and then called The Sizzle, and by every now and then, I mean four times in the last year or year and a half or so, and by that, that makes it our most frequented restaurant. Because, yes, we really don’t go out...
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Stocking up on food in Sri Lanka – good idea or bad idea?

12 July 2009
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Stocking up on food in Sri Lanka – good idea or bad idea?

Generally, bad idea. Ants get into everything they can. Weevils and worms frequently are already inside the flour & grain & lentils & beans & so on bags, so you don’t want to keep a bag of flour for even three months and assume it’ll still be fine – it likely won’t be. Mung...
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The Wild Yeast Version of Peter Reinhart’s Poolish Ciabatta

11 July 2009
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The Wild Yeast Version of Peter Reinhart’s Poolish Ciabatta

Ciabatta is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, and I’d been looking forward to making Peter Reinhart’s version from the Bread Baker’s Apprentice for a while. I’d made a couple of others but wasn’t impressed with the results, so wanted to see how this version would turn out. Plus...
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Death by beets?

10 July 2009
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Death by beets?

I made beet coleslaw. No, really! And we liked it! Really! I know, I know, raw beets in a coleslaw – it didn’t sound entirely, uh, well, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not, but I wanted to try something different with my beets, and I love to the...
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Grocery shopping in Sri Lanka

9 July 2009
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Grocery shopping in Sri Lanka

Since probably most of you who are reading this have never been to Sri Lanka, I thought I’d tell y’all a bit about what it’s like here. Fahim and I do most of our grocery shopping at Arpico, a department store with a grocery section and fixed prices. Why is fixed prices important? Because...
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Cooking Away My CSA

8 July 2009
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Cooking Away My CSA

I’m a Canadian (from western Canada) living in Sri Lanka for the last six years. Yeah, big change. Huge dietary change, too. Sri Lanka is the teardrop shaped island off the south east coast of India, but it’s not India. It’s its own country. 🙂 CSA, for the uninitiated, stands for Community Supported Agriculture,...
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BBA Breads

7 July 2009
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BBA Breads

Over at Pinch My Salt, Nicole has posted a list of all the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge breads, in order. And she’s adding links to each bread as she posts the entry for each. Great idea! I have a hard time keeping track of, well, all sorts of things, and this will help! So...
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Peter Reinhart’s Stretch & Fold Technique

6 July 2009
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Found this video on, where else, but YouTube, showing Peter Reinhart demonstrating his stretch and fold technique. I find watching these videos really helps. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is a video worth? 🙂
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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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