Recipes

Sourdough Challah

4 July 2009
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Sourdough Challah

This is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I haven’t had challah before, nor have I ever seen it. I knew that it was a Jewish traditional bread and a favourite of some Jewish friends, and I knew it was usually braided. And that’s the extent of my knowledge...
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Sourdough Casatiello

20 June 2009
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Sourdough Casatiello

This week’s bread for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is Peter Reinhart’s Casatiello. Which I consistently and unashamedly misspelled and mispronounced. It’s the Italian answer to brioche, but with meat and cheese inside. Or, at least, mostly inside… I halved the recipe and converted it to grams. I replaced the yeast with sourdough starter...
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Peter Reinhart’s Poor Man’s Brioche, Sourdough Version

13 June 2009
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This is the next bread in line for the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. I was looking forward to making brioche since so many people were huge fans, but since I hadn’t had brioche before, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I cut the recipe in half, converted to grams, then replaced the yeast...
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Sourdough Bagels 1 – Me 0

6 June 2009
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Sourdough Bagels 1 – Me 0

I’ve never been a bagel person, but given that the only bagels I’ve ever had were from supermarkets or the like in Western Canada, I doubt that I’ve had the best. Perhaps really good bagels will change my mind? No idea, but since bagels were next in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge, I was...
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Artos: Greek Celebration Bread (Sourdough Version). Hurrah!

30 May 2009
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Artos: Greek Celebration Bread (Sourdough Version). Hurrah!

This week’s bread in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge is called Artos and it’s a Greek celebration bread. It’s a spiced-up bread that’s usually served as a boule with a decorative cross over top. There are variations, such as ones that include fruit and nuts. I initially opted for the plain version and made...
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Filipino Deep Fried Squid Rings or Cuttlefish Strips

25 May 2009
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Filipino Deep Fried Squid Rings or Cuttlefish Strips

While the grocery store had both squid and cuttlefish, we ended up buying cuttlefish over the squid for two reasons – the cuttlefish are significantly cheaper and require much less work to clean up. Yeah, squid rings are prettier, more elegant, than cuttlefish strips, but honestly, with just the hubby, do I care that...
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Capsicum Curried in Coconut Milk

24 May 2009
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Capsicum Curried in Coconut Milk

I’ve made this dish before for Fahim and I, and we really like it. Then, one day, his parents were here and I made it again, and they agreed that it was good and said I could make it again. For them, that’s high praise! The original recipe is from Ceylon Cooking by Chandra...
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Anadama Bread, sourdough version

23 May 2009
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Anadama Bread, sourdough version

Anadama Bread is the first recipe in Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and therefore the first recipe being tackled by those participating in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge. Quite a few of those participating are already onto their second recipe, some on to their third, so I’m behind already, and I just got...
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Lime Cake

19 May 2009
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Lime Cake

I’ve been wanting to try a lime cake for a while. I say lime, not lemon, because lemons are difficult to get here, but limes are easy and something I almost always have in my fridge. Our limes are the key limes which, incidentally, originate from Southeast Asia. I searched for lemon cake recipes...
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Seeni Sambol – a lovely Sri Lankan dish

17 May 2009
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Seeni Sambol – a lovely Sri Lankan dish

My mother-in-law makes a lovely seeni sambol – spicy, sweet onion sambol – that I love. But I didn’t have her recipe, so had to see what I could find. Because, of course, I had to have seeni sambol to go with my coconut roti. This picture doesn’t do the dish justice. Unfortunately, I...
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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.

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