Spicy Penne Arrabiata

I was recently visiting my sister in Malaysia and was lucky to have a reunion with some of my university friends. On my last night there, I wanted to do something special with everyone and of course, that calls for some delicious home-cooked food. I decided on Sausage Curry, Spaghetti Aglio Olio & Penne Arrabiata:…

Spicy Thai Grilled Fish with Spaghetti Aglio Olio

This recipe is perfect for busy workday meals, a la Nigella style. It’s ready in less than an hour and tastes fabulous! Just as Nigella Lawson says, “delicious food is not complicated”. I know grilled fish with Thai flavours and spaghetti aglio olio sound  like an extremely weird combination. But trust me. It works. The…

Grilled Fish with Mashed Potatoes & Basil-Tomato Salad

A simple, grilled fish on a bed of mashed potatoes and topped off with a fresh tomato and basil salad. This dish is everything: simple, warm and comforting from the potatoes and refreshing from the quick salad. The beautiful plating is perfect for simple home dinners, when you’ve had a long day and need something…

Okra Curry & Stir-Fried Dried Sprats

Today, I will be sharing two dishes commonly found in Srilankan cuisine: okra curry, which is a white curry, and spicy stir-fried dried sprats. In Sri Lanka, okra (or bandakka as is known locally) is generally prepared in 2 different ways: stir fried (thel daala) and in a white curry (sudata). I have shared the recipe…

Chicken Mushroom Pasta in a Spicy Tomato Sauce

Busy days call for quick meals and rainy days for comfort food. And on days that are both – dinner calls for chicken mushroom pasta in a spicy tomato sauce. This is one of the easiest and yummiest pasta dishes I’ve made and is ready in 30 minutes or so.          …

Lemon Lavender Loaf

Exotic herbs and ingredients, such as lavender, are difficult to come by in Sri Lanka. Recently, the establishment of the Good Market to promote a more sustainable living. Visiting the Good Market this Saturday, I was delighted to discover an organic farmer (Sunrise Organic Farms) selling fresh lavender, grown in their farms in Nuwara Eliya: the…

Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry

There’s several ways of preparing this curry in Sri Lanka; the most common preparation is as a “white curry”. In Sri Lankan cuisine, white curries are less spicy, prepared to complement the spicier meat/fish curries. Pumpkin, or wattakka in Sinhalese, is also prepared as a spicier curry, incorporating roasted curry powder, which gives this particular preparation…

Indian Inspiration

Most of my previous blog posts on Indian cuisine, well more like all of them, centered around cottage cheese or paneer. I recently came across this new food blog through Jamie Oliver, and it was by this Indian chef and food writer, Maunika Gowardhan. Her site was full of delicious and novel recipes from across India;…

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Mango

It was full-on mango season here in Sri Lanka and I was going absolutely crazy! They’re one of my favourite fruits; full of flavour, minerals and antioxidants.  For me, mangoes are best enjoyed as they are; rather than curried or pickled or juiced, although I won’t say no to a good mango juice! Here, in…

Spicy Sriracha Chicken w/ Cauliflower Puree & Poached Asparagus

It’s been a while since my last post, but I haven’t been experimenting too often in the kitchen.  One of my favourite TV shows is Masterchef, and in particular the Australian edition. It’s absolutely inspiring and great for recipe and plating ideas. The combination of Pinterest and all the Masterchef ideas running through my head results…

Victoria Sponge Cake

There’s one cake that’s been symbolic of afternoon/ evening tea and that’s the Vanilla Victoria Sponge Cake. A light fluffy 2 layer cake, sandwiched with whipped cream and strawberry jam and topped off with more strawberries. There’s no way you can get tired of that combination. It’s perfect with a cup of tea or well actually,…

Taste of Sri Lanka: Vol. IV

This post is on 2 quick and easy Sri Lankan dishes: fried brinjal (eggplant) salad & maalu thel daala (Spicy Stir-fried Fish). The eggplant salad is commonly served as an accompaniment to a rice and curry meal, while the fish is a Sri Lankan take on the typically Asian fish stir-fry. Fried Eggplant Salad 3-4 large eggplants, washed…