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Papadam!

23 March 2010
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Papadam!

Fahim tells me that, when we lived in our first house, we would buy these packages of masala papadam and I would heat them up in the microwave, which, by the way, is not the proper way to prepare papadam, but apparently we liked them that much. ... When I did a...
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Converting bread recipes from commercial yeast to sourdough (wild yeast)

20 March 2010
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Converting bread recipes from commercial yeast to sourdough (wild yeast)

After much research, I learned that a good amount of sourdough starter is about 10 to 20% of the flour weight in fermented flour. ... I like easy math. :) Let's say you use this recipe to make bread: 1000 grams flour (about 10 cups, depending on how you...
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Making Bread An Easier Way

1 February 2010
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Making Bread An Easier Way

No doubt the majority of us have believed, at least at one time, that kneading bread dough for 5 or 10 minutes, or longer, was necessary if the bread was going to develop properly and rise. Fortunately, especially for those of us with problem and painful joints, it simply isn’t true. 🙂 Personally, instead...
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Baking on the Stove: Again!

15 December 2009
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Baking on the Stove: Again!

I recently got a new cast iron griddle. I happen to be very fond of it and use it fairly often, including for making flat bread. Takes a while to heat up, as all cast iron does, but has very even heat when it does. Beautiful, beautiful! I’ve used it a few times as...
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De-husking and wacking open a coconut

29 November 2009
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My mother-in-law kindly showed her coconut de-husking and wacking-open skills for me while I recorder her doing it. She’s very accommodating. 🙂 Here’s the result. It’s only 1:25 long and well worth watching. 🙂
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Baking On The Stove: The Update

5 November 2009
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Baking On The Stove: The Update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about baking on the stove. You can see some previous posts: Baking on the Stove: Experiment 1 Baking on the Stove: Experiment 2 Roasting vegetables on the stove Fahim and I have wild yeast (sourdough that’s not sour) sweet buns most mornings for breakfast, and as I’ve...
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Whacking A Coconut, The Easy Way

3 November 2009
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Whacking A Coconut, The Easy Way

When I was a kid, I was told that the easiest way to crack open a coconut was to put it in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes, then poke through one of the eyes on the end of the coconut, drain the coconut milk out, then pry it open. Well, no....
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Something for you to not try at home, kiddies.

27 October 2009
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Something for you to not try at home, kiddies.

You know the cast iron pan I got? Yeah, I still love it. 😀 As cast iron pans go, they need to be seasoned. Seasoning involves rubbing it with some kind of oil or fat. Some people recommend lard as being the best. Then you stick it in the oven, which you then turn...
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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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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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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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