Serendipity: A place whereby chance you can discover something extraordinary

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Hello, my name is Ruwanmali, but my friends call me Ru. I am a cookbook author, recipe developer, and writer.  My cookbook, Milk, Spice & Curry Leaves; Hill Country Recipes from the Heart of Sri Lanka, is one of a few Sri Lankan cookbooks to be professionally published in Canada.  It has been featured in the National Post, Globe & Mail, Epicurious, LA Times, Seattle Times, Forbes and more.  In my cookbook, I share my family's generational knowledge of Sri Lankan cooking and recipes that I gathered over the years, as sous chef to my mother in our home kitchen.

I was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. Our family later moved west to Calgary, Alberta and then Port Coquitlam, BC.  I now live in Washington, USA with my husband and our two children. Many of the serendipitous moments I have experienced in life are connected to my Sri Lankan heritage, my travels to my ancestral country, and my passion for cooking and sharing meals with family and friends while growing up in North America.  


The word serendipity stems from the word "serendip," one of the early names given to Sri Lanka by explorers to the island. It means the occurrence, or the encounter of happy and unexpected discoveries by chance. 

Ruwanmali Samarakoon-Amunugama

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