How do our food experts cook and eat? This week, Roshini, food blogger of @roshini.karunatilleke, takes our Q&A!
1. Your first memory of cooking?
- I vividly remember my mother and aunt allowing me to create experimental dishes when I was in my early teens. My mother was a fantastic cook, so I was always so keen on wanting to learn from her. As for my aunt, she’s the reason my passion for baking took place. Thanks to her, I was able to bake and decorate cakes at the age of 12.
2. Your particular cooking habit?
- I love to listen to music while cooking. It certainly keeps me going as there’s nothing better than listening to your favourites. Another habit of mine is preparing in advance whenever I am entertaining friends or hosting a special occasion. This helps me as I’m someone who sticks to routine.
3. What food is underrated?
- I think Marmite is quite underrated. I like its strong punches of flavour in sandwich or drink form. Unfortunately, though, many dislike its smell and taste.
4. Your favourite childhood meal?
- My mother is a fabulous cook so it is hard to name a particular meal. But I would surely associate Fried Rice, Liver Curry and Devilled Potatoes. Whenever I was down with any sickness, this was my go-to meal. I cook the same for the family and they love the combo to bits.
5. Your dream dinner-party guests to cook for?
- Definitely my late parents. I just know that they would be so proud to see what I’m capable of.
6. A dish you love to eat but not cook?
- I love to eat beef brain cutlets, but never bother to cook them because I get put off by the slimy texture
7. It’s your last day on earth, where are you?
- I’d be at my home with my family enjoying the combination of Spicy Crab curry, Roast Paan, Dhal curry and Coconut Sambol.
8. Easiest meal to impress someone?
- It would be Nasi goreng paired with chicken satay and peanut sauce topped with a fried egg. It would have prawn crackers with slices of tomato and cucumber on the side to compliment the dish. The dessert that I’d make would be a creamy, rich chocolate mousse
9. You are entering a cooking competition - which one would it be?
- Master Chef USA and I would like to have Aaron Sanchez and Gordon Ramsay as judges. I know it’s extremely hard to impress Gordon and his tastes, but I’m a big fan of his skills and composure.
10. Be adventurous with your food or stick to the original?
- I’m someone who likes to be a little adventurous with my food and try new dishes whenever I can. Recently, I had the opportunity to savour the Saudi Arabian Koozi or stuffed lamb. It’s a dish they serve where a delicious full lamb is laid on top of a bed of fragrant rice.
11. What’s a dish you’d love to relive for the first time?
- Chocolate Biscuit Pudding for sure!
12. Your proudest lockdown food invention?
- Kochchi pesto. I wanted a fusion of Italian and Sri Lankan flavours
13. Your favourite leftovers?
- Definitely any rice and curries. I like to mix and match my leftovers to see which works best.
14. Your favourite recipe that has been passed down to you from family?
- My grandmother’s rich cake recipe.
15. Cook at home or go out?
- Cook at home for pure bliss
16. What should not be missing in your kitchen?
- My home-made roasted curry powder. Always works wonders for my curries and is always a hit!