Recipes

63% Hydration Sourdough Bread

16 May 2009
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63% Hydration Sourdough Bread

I’m forever on the hunt for more good bread recipes. It’s a sickness, I tell you. 🙂 So I gave this recipe a try. The author of the original recipe calls it a 63% hydration bread, but really, if I’m going to get nitpicky, and when doesn’t that happen, I’d point out that, with...
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Sri Lankan Pol Sambol

8 May 2009
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Sri Lankan Pol Sambol

Pol sambol is an absolutely delightful dish, a food of the gods, if you will. It ranks as one of my top ten foods of all time, and depending on the day, might just be the winner. Sadly, we ate most of the Pol Sambol before I managed to remember to take a picture....
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Pol (Coconut) Roti

4 May 2009
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Pol (Coconut) Roti

I’ve seen my mother-in-law make coconut roti a few times, but haven’t made it myself and even, somehow, managed to not write her recipe down. Considering how much I love coconut roti, I can’t imagine why I wasn’t thinking! So when time came for me to make coconut roti, rather than going with my...
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Tempered Okra Curry

1 May 2009
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Tempered Okra Curry

Okra is called ladies fingers in English in Sri Lanka or bandakka in Sinhala. I’m used to calling it okra, so that’s what I’ll go with. 🙂 One of Fahim’s cousin, knowing that I’m interested in cooking Sri Lankan food, gave me a Sri Lankan cookbook a year or so back. It’s called Ceylon...
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Lime Icing

24 April 2009
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Lime Icing

You know that banana cake I made a while back with the very very lovely cream cheese icing? Well, it turns out that this lime icing (original recipe found here) goes with the banana cake even better. Lime with banana? Oh yeah, baby! I gave it a try since I didn’t have any cream...
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Sourdough Focaccia Bread

22 April 2009
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Sourdough Focaccia Bread

I decided it was time I learned how to make focaccia bread. I’d had it perhaps once before, sometime around a decade ago, and the memory is rather hazy, so I’m not really intimately familiar with the end result I should be aiming for. Ah, yes, the fun. 🙂 But, you know, what else...
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Cabbage Mallung

19 April 2009
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Cabbage Mallung

  A mallung (also spelled mallum) is a Sri Lankan dish made with some type of vegetable or leaf that’s cooked with freshly shredded coconut. They’re usually cooked for a fairly short period of time and are fairly quick dishes to put together. A note on cabbage. If you’re not a fan – like...
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Ala Badun, aka Sri Lankan Devilled Potato & Onions

13 April 2009
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Ala Badun, aka Sri Lankan Devilled Potato & Onions

I’m not a potato person. I grew up on boiled-until-glue potatoes six days a week and, you know, it just got old. Once I had a choice about what food was made/what groceries were bought, I swore off potatoes for a good many years. A few years ago, though, I tried out Ala Badun...
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Gotukola Sambol

12 April 2009
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Gotukola Sambol

I’m participating in a new-for-me food blogging type of event – it’s called Weekend Herb Blogging and this week it’s hosted by Chriesi at Almond Corner. Gotukola, also called gotu kola (Centella asiatica), is an herb that grows wild in this part of the world and is commonly sold at grocery stores, vegetable shops,...
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Sourdough Pizza Dough

25 March 2009
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Sourdough Pizza Dough

Pizza here generally means either Pizza Hut or Dominoes Pizza, both US chains that have infiltrated Sri Lanka. They offer pizza at probably about 2/3 the price it would cost in the US or Canada, but the quality… Well, let’s just say that, for someone who’s had really good pizza, it leaves something to...
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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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