How is everyone?! What have you been up to since I have been MIA? Whatever the case, I wish all of you a fantastic month of August. The last couple of weeks have been a particularly hard time for our entire family. We lost our Aunt Eva, my grandmother’s younger sister. If you have ever lost a loved one or someone dear to you, it will certainly take you through a ringer of emotions. Amidst
Imparting fragrant herbs in rice is one of my favorite ways to enhance an otherwise muted starch. Unless it is a gorgeous pilaf, traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry spread, or sushi rolls dunked in soy sauce and wasabi, WHITE RICE is not going to make me do back flips like Mary Lou Retton. With that said, I love that rice is so adaptable and can take on a little or a lot of flavor.
Happy 4th everybody! I wish all of you a fantastic Independence Day! It is hard to believe we are already halfway through the year! Crazy right? I hope you all are enjoying summer as much as I am! For those of you who follow my blog, you would not be surprised to read “Sri Lankan Inspired Pizza.” You would know that 13 Spices is about pushing the envelope when it comes to Sri Lankan classics
Lemon Basil Rice Sticks: Pecorino, Peas & Prosciutto Posted June 29, 2014
I’ve had my share of rice sticks. Biryani types. Chinese inspired. Spicy curried based with lots of green veggies… to ghee, sweet corn, black pepper and beef bacon versions. Those rice sticks always showed up at Grandma and Grandpa’s on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Talk about nostalgia for me. I imagine my mother cooked the vermicelli (AKA rice noodle) as a throwback to the famous Sri Lankan dish she grew up on called string hoppers.
America is on a coconut craze. It’s a nice change from the 1980s propaganda that “coconut milk and oil are bad for you.” Talk about unfairly mischaracterizing major components of South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. Not cool. Presently, there’s an insatiable necessity for all-things-coconut: coconut water, coconut butter (organic varieties), and coconut oil for shimmering locks, youthful skin and for use in cooking. Coconut milk is flying off the shelves at supermarkets – the