Category Archives: Food

Take a look and make up your own mind

We live  in a fast paced world, with so much information about climate change & food, there are people saying this is right and some other people saying that is right, so it makes it hard to know what to think.

Here are two documentaries that has help me to think for myself. Watch them and make up you own mind. Some of you will love them and some will think its all !@#$%^&* but thats up to you..

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Buddhas Birthday

Buddhas birthday is one of the major festivals in Sri Lanka. It is celebrated on the first full moon day of the month of May. People engage in religious observances and decorate houses and streets with candles and specially made paper lanterns. Some stores give out free meals for people. They give all types of food away from rice & curry to ice cream and the place where we have been eating a lot  was one of the places that gives free food on this day. This day is like Christmas in  the west, but the big difference is the Sri Lankan people don’t just give to family and friends – they give to everyone. If you are driving, walking, flying past they will wave you over and make you eat. Its not a big ego day of what did you got, its a day when everyone gets the same free LOVE.. The coloured flags are also put up everywhere, they are the buddhist flag, The Buddhist flag is a flag designed in the late 19th century to symbolise and universally represent Buddhism.  This is one day I wish we had in the west, its nice to know that everyone gets to eat on this day (even the homeless dogs)  and the people are so happy to give ..  Peace & LOVE x

Ps – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BUDDHA   🙂the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-1 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-2 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-3 the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-sri-lanka-midigama-mirissa-surfing-sunset-4Me with Mama she’s been feeding us for the last 7 weeks

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Road/Boat Trip To Cinnamon Island

Well its day three out of the water and my foot is starting to get better (I hope).. What do you do when you know, you are not going to surf ? What else but learn how to make Cinnamon on an island in the middle of a lake Koggala (Thanks Sylvain for taking us with you). We all went to take a look around a lake about 15 minutes from Midigama called Lake Koggala, word on the street is you can ride a bike round it, so off we went to cheek it out. After we got there we found out that not the case (so the local dude told us, but you can get a boat round it for 2500 LKR each with me he said, hmmm thats $75 for  the 3 of us NO WAY).. We ended up on the other side of the bridge 300 meters away, and found a guy to the same trip for 2000 LKR or $20 for all of us not each, a much better deal. So of we went with our new captain to see all the great islands round the lake.. On the way out on the boat the Rain started and it looked like a storm was blowing in, not good for us but Lucky it passed after about 20 minutes.. Our stop was Cinnamon Island only one guess what they do in there, thats right make cinnamon. They showed us step by step how to make it witch was really cool. I never knew cinnamon is made from what looks like the bark from the tree. They cut the branches off the tree, then cut what looks like the bark off, it looks like a rolled up piece of paper when they are done. Then it needs to dry in the shade for 2 weeks. After  2 weeks it gets crashed,  put through a strainer then its ready for use..
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Hurry for the home made curry

At the Senya guest house they make there curry from start to finish & we had the opportunity to spend the day with Senerath the owner of Senya Guest house, to help him make his world famous curry.. The day starts with a trip to the local markets where he buys only fresh ingredients. We walk around looking at all the vegetables, but Senerath looks feels and moves on (without buying much) till he finds what he know is fresh, it all look good to me lucky I’m not the cook. We even have to go to other market because there no good mushroom at that market.  After a hour or two we are back from the shopping ready to start the preparation for the six currys he will be making that night. The preparation takes about 2-3 hours even with four of us (trying) helping him. We even make the coconut milk by shedding all the inside of the coconut & mixing it with water and other secret ingredients. Then its business time and we all just stand around like we know how to cook, but we are all just getting in the way i think, but Senerath is to nice to tell us to leave. Senerath says that cooking good curry is like science just the right amount of this and that (we all just look at him & nod like we cook good curry all the time :). But when its time to eat I for 1 know i can’t cook anything  with that much love and flavour, in the end we all eat way to much, but have the happiest bellys in all Sri Lanka..

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Help! I’ve got to much jack fruit on my hands!

Not to worry this is a tropical super fruit – it is considered so good and full with nutrients that if you’d for some reason want to cut one down here in Sri Lanka you actually need a permit from the government to do so. There is an old Sri Lankan saying that “with a jack fruit tree and a coconut tree in your back yard you will never starve”. We’re definitely not starving – we ate an amazing jack fruit curry for dinner the other night.

A day & night with the CrAzYz

Hmm someone told us there would be waves here  🙂
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Pax’s pie addiction and the Australian Boardriders Battle

When Pax realised that Team Argentina (Steph and Fred) had never ever been to the greatest pie shop known to man the weekend surf trip quickly turned into a pie trip… I’m not complaining they do a good coffee and the staff knows our order even though we live three hours away…

Before hitting the coast I had a cruise down the beach to check out the final of the Australian Board riders Battle where the local surf clubs around Australia compete against each other. I walked down just as Tyler Wright was surfing. I left before she put it all on the line and went left – left at the Alley means straight for the rock pool…

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