Monday, March 6, 2017

A Tribute to My Father


I consider myself so very lucky because I got such a wonderful man to call my father.  My dear Dad passed away last week, but he will always be the strong patriarch of our family.   

I always thought my dad looked like a silent film star in his twenties.  He was not just handsome, he was a man of many talents as well.  He was an artist, fantastic singer, and musician (he could play the violin, guitar and  mandolin).  He also loved to be knowledgeable about everything so he would literally read the Washington Post Newspaper from cover to cover. 

The one thing my dear Dad could not do by any means was cook.  He was lucky to be married for over half a century to my mother... the best cook I know.  I asked my mother about his favorite dishes and she had to admit he loved it all.  He was not a picky eater either.  He could be happy with an elaborate meal or just as happy with peanut butter and crackers.  The one thing he did have to have several times a day was a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea.  So I did a variety of food from savory to sweet (he loves both equally) to showcase the dishes my Dad would love and enjoy. 

My father has always been larger than life in my eyes.  I was so fortunate to have this man I call "Thathi (father in Sri Lanka) in my life for so long because he filled it with his wisdom, his music, and his caring nature.  He was my rock.  So thank you Thathi for all you have done for your children and grandchildren.  You were simply the best. 

Recipe Links:
 Sri Lankan Pineapple Curry (Vegan)

Sri Lankan Fiery Pork Curry

Fiery Deviled Shrimp Curry

Crab Curry- Sri Lankan

Mango Pineapple Granita

Spicy Pineapple and Cranberry Chutney

Sri Lankan Cutlets- Tuna Fish: Version 2

Sri Lankan Miris (red chili) Kokis

Sri Lankan Spicy Coconut (Pol) Sambol 2 

Deviled Onion Sambal- Sri Lankan (Spicy)

Sri Lankan Kiri Bath (Coconut Milk Rice)


Sri Lankan Milk Toffee


Sri Lankan Lunu Miris (Chili and Onion Sambol)


Sri Lankan Coconut Milk Rice with Sweet Coconut St...


Sri Lankan Pani Pol (Coconut in Kithul Treacle)


 Sri Lankan Coconut Roti (Flat Bread)


Chicken Curry- Sri Lankan- My Mother's Version


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  1. I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences and you're an amazing daughter for honoring him in a way that's unique to you, through this wonderful blog. Rest In Peace.

    1. Thank you Ray for your kind words. I appreciate them.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I silently have followed your blog for a few years because of my great love for Sri Lanka... My friends and family there say I must have been born Sri Lankan and just transplanted to America. One of the things I love the most about Sri Lanka is the deep bond between family so I can only imagine how hard this loss must be for your family. I will be praying that your family feels comfort and peace during this time of hard loss. Thank you for always sharing recipes that represent Sri Lanka so well.

    1. Thank you so much Clarissa. My father was a proud Sri Lankan and he was very happy that I created this blog to share some of my Sri Lankan heritage/cooking. I really appreciate your kind words.

  3. Ramona, your Thathi would be so happy that you put these foods together for him. Thank you for sharing them with us too. Sending you a giant hug. xoxo

    1. Thank you Nancy. Sending you a giant hug back. :)

  4. How blessed to have him in your life for so long. He will always be with you in spirit and I hope that brings you comfort.

    1. Thank you Sandra. His spirit lives on always in my heart.

  5. Ramona, I am so sorry to read about your father's passing. He sounds like a wonderful man with a lot of love from his family. What a lovely tribute!

    1. Thank you MJ. He certainly was a wonderful father to me. :)

  6. I get your posts in my notifications and today I was shocked by the intro.
    I am so so sorry, no amount of cajoling will make you feel light hearted. Your dad looks like a very kind man, and a loving one. You truly are lucky and he is looking over you. I literally teared up reading this post.

    1. Thank you Asha for your kind words! I appreciate them so much. ~ Ramona


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