Last day in Colombo

Last day in Colombo and I went looking for some tourist tatt… This lady appeared to be a beggar but insisted I take her photo (well at least that’s what I think she wanted). She has to be the best dressed beggar I have ever seen.
Beggar wanting a photo
Crossing the road in Colombo is a little bit of an art. This bloke had it down pat.
Look right and left and right again
While his mate waits for a bus
waiting for a bus in Colombo
This was an amazing temple, download the full res image, you can see all the ornate ceramics that makes up all the colour
amazing temple with ornate ceramics

Sri Lanka second set of shots……


Our walk to work involved going down a great little road that had heaps of characters on it.  I’d love to have more time and us a bit of flash with a higher shutter speed.  These are the shots from the walk to work.

Coconut seller

This bloke had a few of his mates to the left ripping the piss out of him in English
Going for a wander

Great old lady just getting from A to B
Too old to complain
mother and child

Mother and child in the door way
take my photo :-)
This lady wanted her photo taken. She was very pleased to see her self on the back of the camera.
river front accommodation

The walk

Sri Lanka Random Pics

I was up at 6am to go down the road and try to get some shots of the fishermen I had seen with big catches the day before.  Clearly they only work every other day because there wasn’t too much going on when I was down there today….  Here are the shots that I managed to get today…

Fishing the hard way

Out rigger with a 1 person powered motor.  Seems like a really hard way to earn a living.

Stone the crows

Crows waiting for the opportunity to get a free feed from the off cuts from today’s catch.

Job well done

Clearly you can get a feed as a fisherman ;-)

Mother and child

This lady wanted me to take her photo.  I have given her the card for the website but the wide angle lens isn’t really the most appropriate from portrait .

Drive through tea

Drive through tea seller on the side of the road.

Public Transport

Busy public transport system

Double choc sweet sticky rice

I have been talking about this for the whole time I was in Thailand and I have finally managed to make it ‘work’… Here is the deal:

I wanted a double choc shell with the out shell being a dark chocolate, then a mango purée surprise, another chocolate shell and then sweet coconut sticky rice. The problem was making the chocolate shells. I have managed to make it work using a silicone cup cake mould. I haven’t nailed it yet but check out the video of the first attempt. I used very sweet coconut milk as the surprise and coconut praline to top the chocolate. I need to sort out how to make the moulds reliably and how to seal the lot once it is full.

Here is the video of opening up the chocolate

Day 48 – Out and about – ‘JJ’ Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market (JJ Market)

I incorrectly described this market to someone recently as Bangkok’s ‘Vic Market’.  I couldn’t have been anymore wrong.  This market is a thriving amalgamation of cool, food, tourists and locals all looking for something special that, if you have a lot of time to look, you will probably find.

The market is tucked away at the end of the tube line but is easy to get to and has plenty of options as far as stations are concerned.  I exited at Kamphaeng Phet station because I knew over the road there was a local food only market that I wanted to investigate (Or Tor Kor market which is an extremely clean market across the road but that’s for another post).  The market appears to, at first glance (and due to most of the stalls out side) to be full of rubbish but spend a little more time and you find quite the opposite.  The market is broken up into 6 sections; Antiques, Handicrafts & Souvenirs ; Clothing & Accessories; Eating & Drinking; Housewares & Decor; Pets; and Plants & Gardening.  in each of these sections there’s something cool to check out.  It’s crammed into little corridors so nearly impossible to photograph but if you’re only in Bangkok for a short time I would recommend checking this out (and don’t miss the market across the road).

Click on image to see the other images of this guy’s tricks

Then there is the cool clothing…..

Wink, Wink, nudge, nudge, say no more....
Wink, Wink, nudge, nudge, say no more….
Too cool for school. Designer flogging his wears.
In contrast you have someone who has spent a fortune on their stall in what is still just a flee market but you go along the shops and then you come across this oasis for sight and smell


I would love to spend a couple of weekends here going from stall to stall to stall and picking up little designer wears that are small runs made by people who care (not knockoff crap that they want to get rid of ASAP before the shape changes in the humidity).

Day 47 – Duck hair flower salad

Duck hair flower salad

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1/2 Cup Chicken stock
3 Prawns, shelled, depooed and boiled to pink
50g Minced pork
100g Duck Hair Flower (Stamen [bit in the middle with the pollen] removed)
2 limes, juice
2 Red bird’s eye chillies, finely chopped
1/4 Red onion, finely chopped
1 Spring onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tab Fish sauce
1 1/2 Tab Sugar syrup
1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
  1. Pound the bird chillies to a rough paste. Put to one side
  2. Boil pork in a pot with chicken stock until pork is cooked. Put to one side
  3. Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  4. Boil a pot of water and place duck hair flowers in the pot for 30 seconds.  Remove and put in ice water.  Allow to remain in ice water
  5. Put chillies, garlic, red onion, lime juice, and spring onion in a bowl and combine. Put to one side
  6. Put the duck hair flowers on a plate then the pork on top.  Pour over the chilli sauce, fish sauce and sugar syrup.  Place prawns on top and serve


Then add:

Squeeze lime juice

Add chopped spring onion

Mix with the boiled pork over the flowers.

Por dressingsand garnish with coriander and shallots sprinkle 1 t dry shrimp

Day 47 – Sweet dark noodles

Sweet dark noodles

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15g Ginger
2 Spring onion
1 Garlic, clove, crushed
15g Pork fat (can substitute with fatty bacon)
2g Black peppercorn, roughly crushed
1 Tsp Chinese spice (pick khom)
4 Prawn, shelled and depooed
1 Coriander root
70g Glass noodle soaked in water and drained
1 Tab Soy Sauce
1 Tab Oyster Sauce
1/2 Tab Sesame oil
1/2 Tsp White sugar
1/2 Tsp Sweet dark soy sauce
1/2 Cup Chicken stock
  1. In a bowl combine the Stock, dark soy, soy, sugar, oyster and sesame oil. Mix to attempt to dissolve the sugar
  2. In a pot place the pork fat on the bottom and then place the (in order) ginger, coriander root, spring onion, garlic, pepper, Chinese spice, noodles and prawns
  3. Pour sauce from the bowl across the contents of the pot and put pot on low heat. Wait for the sauce to start to boil, wait 2 minutes, drain and pour over the ingredients once again. Repeat the boil/2 minute wait/drain/pour step until there is very little liquid remaining. Serve

Day 47 – Steamed Chinese squash soup with chicken

 Steamed Chinese squash soup with chicken

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4 Cups Chicken stock
175g Chinese squash
43g Shitakee Mushroom
1 Garlic clove
1 Chicken thigh, free range, cut in half
1 Pickled lime
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tab Soy sauce
  1. In a pot with boiling water add chicken and boil until there is no ‘red’ showing (not completely cooked, just the outside).  Empty pot and put to one side
  2. In a bowl add  mushrooms, garlic and squash and pickled lime, chicken and chicken stock
  3. Put bowl in a steamer and steam for 2 hrs on medium heat
  4. Remove lime before serving

Day 48 – Out and about – The chai man

I broke my own rule with this one. This guy was amazing so I am including a few photos of the tricks he was doing to mix the tea with the sweetened condensed milk and sugar. I am linking this on into the JJ Market post because this is where it belongs.

Just straight. one cup to the next with ever increasing distance to impress
Twirling in a anticlockwise direction and not spilling a drop
Twirling in a clockwise direction and not spilling a drop
fairly much throwing the tea at the other cup and …. not spilling a drop
OK two cups while twirling….. That’s just showing off!!

My cooking tour in Bangkok