Chennai – A City Quite Like No Other The title says it all really, however I haven’t been to any other major Indian cities so I could be wildly wrong but I’ve been informed except from Delhi (or is it New Delhi now? Or was that before? The country is rather confusing), perhaps, Chennai (the former Madras)  is rather crazy. Now I know and adore many Tamil people ...

…..is never clever or productive. TRUST ME – just been there. I love Sri Lanka with the entirety of my heart, however sometimes things happen which wind me up beyond belief….and I’m a pretty chilled out person. Anybody can lose their temper. For me it takes a while but I’m a Taurus and when I lose it eventually it’s not ...

Toddy – What is it and Why is it So Damn Tasty? Palm wine: also called kallu (Telugu: కల్లు,Tamil: கள்ளு, Malayalam: കള്ള്), palm toddy, or simply toddy (Hindi: ताड़ी), is an alcoholic beverage created from the sap of various species of palm tree such as the palmyra, date palms and coconut palms (that paragraph was shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia (but that’s why it’s there hey?)) A toddy tapper In Sri Lanka it is simply called Raa. You will not find it in a wine shop…this is part of the fun. You get it from ...

Dutch is a very challenging language to learn, because the constant adjustments in the ‘official’ spelling of Dutch words make for a chaotic and inconsistent linguistic environment. A short blog but I need to keep going. I have been busy with translation work and this issue has been bugging me, hence the post. More recipes and Sri Lankan ramblings ...

Dutch is a very challenging language to learn, because the constant adjustments in the ‘official’ spelling of Dutch words make for a chaotic and inconsistent linguistic environment. A short blog but I need to keep going. I have been busy with translation work and this issue has been bugging me, hence the post. More recipes and Sri Lankan ramblings ...

Cucumber Curry and a Cool Cocktail Did you know the cucumber originates from Southern Asia, but now grows on most continents? Many different varieties are traded on the global market. The cucumber (cucumis sativus) is one of the most important market vegetables in the tropics and it is also the basis of an extensive pickling industry. In Sri Lanka, cucumbers are mainly grown in the dry zone (North and ...

Cucumber Curry and a Cool Cocktail Did you know the cucumber originates from Southern Asia, but now grows on most continents? Many different varieties are traded on the global market. The cucumber (cucumis sativus) is one of the most important market vegetables in the tropics and it is also the basis of an extensive pickling industry. In Sri Lanka, cucumbers are mainly grown in the dry zone (North and ...

Odd Things About the Dutch Language Dutch is a difficult and challenging language that has some odd unexpected surprises, such as phrases from other languages and extremely difficult spelling.  Dutch & Other Languages You may be surprised to learn how many Dutch words are borrowed from other languages. French used to be considered the height of elegance in the Dutch-speaking world, leading to a lot of ...

Odd Things About the Dutch Language Dutch is a difficult and challenging language that has some odd unexpected surprises, such as phrases from other languages and extremely difficult spelling.  Dutch & Other Languages You may be surprised to learn how many Dutch words are borrowed from other languages. French used to be considered the height of elegance in the Dutch-speaking world, leading to a lot of ...

Gotu Kola – a Wonder Herb The recent heavy monsoon rains have turned the bottom of my garden into somewhat of a marshland and this has  meant an explosion of gotu kola sprouting up everywhere. Intrigued I started reading up on this herb and wow what a herb it is! In fact it’s so bloody good for you, they sell it in capsules, as tea and ...

Gotu Kola – a Wonder Herb The recent heavy monsoon rains have turned the bottom of my garden into somewhat of a marshland and this has  meant an explosion of gotu kola sprouting up everywhere. Intrigued I started reading up on this herb and wow what a herb it is! In fact it’s so bloody good for you, they sell it in capsules, as tea and ...

Letting go from a Psychopath…….! This is not a fun post, but I need to share. Maybe I’m a bit narcissistic too who knows. I broke up with a man about a year ago. Well, wrong words…he was f*cking somebody else (not the first time) so I left even though he tried to convince me to come back to him on numerous occasions (even while ...

Wonderful Words from a Good Friend I haven’t had time to blog much lately as I have been really busy but just wanted to share this with you today. Dale Mahon, a great friend of mine, wrote this out of the blue on his phone on a train journey from Colombo to Hikkaduwa. It’s poignant, poetic but most of all brings to life imagery  in words. ...

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