a spice girl's story
I have been so lucky to have been brought up on the fragrant, healthy and above all delicious Sri Lankan cuisine that has been cooked by my Mum (or Ammie as we call her!). As I’ve been growing up it surprises me that not many people are aware of the culinary delights hidden away in Sri Lankan cuisine.
We moved from Sri Lanka to London when my sister and I were teeny tots (ps. Im the little one in red shorts hugging on to Ammie in the photo above). I feel British in so many ways - drinking tea at any opportune moment is definitely one of them (even before bed hehe!). However, my parents kept one aspect of our Sri Lankan culture strong in our upbringing - and that was through their love of food!
The woody smells of Thathie (dad) grinding coconuts in the morning, or my mum roasting spices have perfumed my memories in such a wonderful way. I am absolutely obsessed with Sri Lankan food - I love cooking it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Eating it gives so much strength to both my body and mind. However curries and South Asian sweets have too often become synonymous with the idea of being a 'tasty but naughty treat'. I want to change this perception and introduce Sri Lankan cuisine as being something both delicious and good for you! Sri Lankan curries use a variety of roasted spices and the odd splash of coconut milk to bring out their flavour. Whilst the sweet treats use raw ingredients and natural sweeteners that make them both tasty on lips and good on the hips!
Through this blog, I want to share traditional Sri Lankan recipes that Ammie has taught me to cook, to invite you to join our table and discover food that will warm up your body and soul with sunny flavours!