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Featured Cheffie: Chathurika From Sri Lanka

Featured Cheffie: Chathurika From Sri Lanka




Sri Lankan/Australian mum, teacher, food blogger, lapsed cake decorator, sister, wife, daughter, aspiring gardener.



Who is your favorite person(s) to cook for? / Eat with?  I love cooking for my children. I love the prospect of introducing two brand new palettes to the wonders of food. Cooking for them always keeps me on my toes.

What are your favorite dishes or cooking topics to teach?  Anything Sri Lankan. I love sharing the food of my ancestors with people who are yet to experience it.

Do you have any cooking/food superstitions?  Only Sri Lankan ones. No salt in lentils while they are cooking; no ginger and cassava together.

If you could get a tattoo of a food, what would it be and why?  Salt. It's my favourite ingredient. I rarely cook anything, sweet or savoury, without it's liberal use. In my opinion, it makes everything better. Sweets sweeter, and spicy spicier.



What is one dish, drink or food topic that you really want to learn or master?  I'm always in search of that elusive and perfect macaron.

Favorite food(s) /drinks from your home country (ies): Chicken curry

Favorite food(s) / drink(s) from other countries:  I love all types of Asian food. 

If you're not living in the same place where you grew up, how have your food traditions changed/ evolved with you?   Every place I have travelled to in the world has expanded my culinary horizons. While I am still living in Australia where I grew up, I found living overseas for three years really changed our family's food traditions. It brought into focus what was important in terms of Australian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Being away from family, friends and easy access to the food we had grown up with forced me to adapt my cooking to cook more of the comforts of the "home" we were missing. We also had to do so with new ingredients and in a new environment.




What is your never fail piece of cooking advice? Did someone pass it on to you? Did you learn that lesson the hard way? *  There are no mistakes in the kitchen, just the beginnings of new recipes. My husband taught me this. He would often come in mid-disaster or mid recipe fail. At the end he would ask, "Is this what it was meant to be?" and when I tried to say no, he would promptly shut me down and say, "Of course it was!"

What would your last meal on Earth be?  Pol sambol (an inconic Sri Lankan condiment of coconut, chili, garlic, and onion)  made with fresh coconut and fresh crusty bread, from a classic Sri Lankan woodfired baker, with creamy butter.

Favorite kitchen equipment/gadget?  My Kitchenaid.



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