Category: Indian & Sri Lankan

  • Lockdown Tryouts – Chicken!

    Lockdown Tryouts – Chicken!

    Covid-19 lockdown has given everyone plenty of opportunities to experiment with their cooking, to go back to old favourites and to try out some of those newspaper cut-out recipes. Not everything we have tried has worked but we are generally very pleased rather than disappointed. In this post we include some new and some old…

  • Virtual Dinner Party No. 2 – We Go To India!

    Virtual Dinner Party No. 2 – We Go To India!

    (Update: For VDP No. 3, click here) Coronavirus Lockdown With most of us in self-isolation or even total lockdown, a VDP (virtual dinner party) is one way to catch up with friends and to continue to test your cooking skills. A week ago we held our first such event, and you can read about it…

  • India – Mumbai

    India – Mumbai

    Continued from Goa Many cities have an iconic feature. For Mumbai, perhaps it’s the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. It became famous worldwide because of the terrorist attack of 2008. There are few other features to rival it. The new international airport has a gorgeous interior. However, on the way in from the airport the traveller…

  • India – Goa

    India – Goa

    Continued from Kerala Cuisine Goa was one of the destinations we had all wanted to visit at some stage in our lives, and so once the whole itinerary was finalised we sent out the announcement: “We have a Goa!”. We spent three nights there, staying at the Taj Holiday Village. It was perfect for us…

  • India – Kerala Food

    India – Kerala Food

    Continued from Kerala Waters Kerala is the most southerly western state of India and its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. It has its own cuisine, with influences from traders and settlers from Arab, Mediterranean and European countries dating back thousands of years, along with their religious influences including Christian and Jewish. With…

  • India – Kerala Reflections

    India – Kerala Reflections

    Continued from Colombo Kerala is the most southerly western state of India. Three fifths the size of Tasmania in area, it has over sixty times the population, with 34 million people! Its coastline is part of the fabled Malabar Coast. The coast south of Kochi is low-lying, with extensive areas of freshwater and saltwater rivers,…

  • Sri Lanka – Colombo

    Sri Lanka – Colombo

    Continued from Galle Colombo has the typical features of large Asian cities: the traffic, street sellers mixed in between grand buildings, the smells, the throngs on the sidewalks… Estimates of the number of people vary but it seems there are around 2 million in the greater Colombo area. The Sri Lankan capital has its fair…

  • Sri Lanka – Galle and the Southern Coast

    Sri Lanka – Galle and the Southern Coast

    Continued from Central Highlands From Ella, we descended the highlands to the southern plains, stopping for coconut water refreshments and a visit to an elephant orphanage (some just a few months old; could there be a cuter experience?). The role of Buddhism is ever-present, though Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are well-represented. “Old Galle” is enclosed…

  • Sri Lanka – Central Highlands

    Sri Lanka – Central Highlands

    Continued from Spices and Kandy From Kandy you can take a train trip into the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It lasts two to four hours depending on how far you intend to travel. The area is surprisingly densely populated with the train stopping at several major towns. The train trip is largely for commuters…

  • Sri Lanka – Spices & Kandy

    Sri Lanka – Spices & Kandy

    Continued from Sri Lanka – Northern Monuments Kandy is hilly, with slopes covered by vivid green palms and other tropical plants. The town central feature is the lake. However, the botanical gardens are the must-see sight, with thousands of visitors including school children in uniform and families picnicking along with international visitors. During our tour…