A taste of Sri Lanka


One of my favorite things about being an expat is meeting other expats, from all over the planet!  How cool is that?  I not only get to live in Switzerland, meet Swiss people and learn about them and their culture, food, etc., but also I get to meet others on similar adventures with completely different backgrounds, perspectives, and importantly, food interests.  Once it is established that we have a love and appreciation of food in common, so many doors are opened.  And that is how I got to know my friend Abi, from Sri Lanka.  She is a foodie also, writing a blog called Ami’s Vegetarian Delicacies. We have talked about cooking together since meeting, and finally we did!  And, our friend Rocio, from Mexico, joined us as well.  Abi and Rocio came to my sSk (anyone remember that term?  small Swiss kitchen?), and with Abi in charge, we set to work.  After some chopping and whirring the kitchen was full of color and wonderful smells.

You know, sometimes I am surprised how in this tiny kitchen (smaller than the kitchen in my first apartment), a group of cooks can work together and make something delicious and beautiful happen.  All that’s needed is the right attitude and willingness to get close!  It helped to have one chef and two prep cooks.  With Abi in charge, asking for pans, gadgets, chopped whatever, we all slid around each other as needed to create a feast.  It was like a dance, not choreographed, but graceful just the same.  And finished, we were ready to sit down and enjoy.  A glass of wine, a beautiful meal, and friends.  That is what it is all about.  Delicious, spicy, colorful.  Again, isn’t that what life is about?

Thanks to Abi and Rocio for your time and willingness to cook with me and let me share it here.

Recipe links to Abi’s blog below.  Now, one question.  We are thinking about having a related event.  Shall we plan a Sri-Lankan cooking class soon?  Would you like to dive into a sSk and learn about the food Sri Lanka?  If so, please let us know!

Green Beans Stir Fry

Egg Plant Curry

Carrot Salad







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8 comments to A taste of Sri Lanka

  • The green beans stirfry will be going on tonight!

  • Nancy Thorne

    Hi Rylla,
    It’s been so busy here, but I finally took the time to look at your website–and boy, was I glad I did! Such beautiful food, such wonderful colors! I am going to make the green beans for Easter tomorrow for my family. As always, it sounds like your are enjoying life, and making the most of every moment. We miss you! Nancy

    • So great to hear from you Nancy. I wonder how the beans turned out? We don’t tend to get much spicy food here and so especially enjoyed them. Thanks for keeping up with the blog – miss you all! xo, Rylla

  • These pictures are fantastic. I cannot wait to try the green bean stir fry. Actually, I can’t wait to try them all! I have been looking for ways to incorporate more vegetables into my diet without cooking them the same way over and over, so these recipes are sure to provide me with something new and tasty. 🙂

  • Such beautiful looking food – those colors, oh my! It sounds like you guys had a lovely time, I can’t wait to try out some of those recipes. 🙂

  • Abi

    Hi Rylla,

    Thanks for posting about our cooking session and for sharing my blog links here. I’m honored and delighted to be featured here :)) I had a great time yesterday @ wine tasting event. Can’t wait for the next foodie session. Happy Holidays!

    Cheers, Abi

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