Cherish. Savour. Nurture.
"And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time."
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartet
This is a space for sharing my Sri Lankan heritage and love of good food, my interest in spices, as well as, my desire to support female led and grass-roots initiatives that help to sustain healthy communities. These passions stem from having had a strong and grounded mother. Her green thumb and appreciation for nature, talent for cooking, and knack for bringing people together, created an atmosphere of love and wholesomeness my sister and I relished. Her zeal for travel also exposed me to diverse cultures from a young age. My first trip was at the age of eight months, and continued throughout my childhood. We traveled to parts of Asia, the Middle East, the U.K., and Europe, all stops on our way to Sri Lanka.
All that I had absorbed from our travels, intertwined with my upbringing in Canada. I was born in Toronto, and our family moved to Alberta, and finally British Columbia. With every move came a shift in landscape, and my senses and visual lens gratefully adjusted to the beauty of the diverse natural environment. My career in the federal public service further called me to the wonderful cities of Ottawa, Gatineau, and Vancouver. But my heart remained tied to all that my mother impassioned in me as a girl, and my passion was reignited after my own family moved to the U.S., and the cookbook I had been working on was picked up by a publisher. It was a life changing moment that illuminated the path that was waiting for me. This path has reconnected me with the simple things that fill my heart with joy, and the book has allowed me to share some of the best parts of my blended Sri Lankan roots and Canadian upbringing.
At the heart of Savouring Serendipity is gratitude for the simple things in life that appear in front of us daily, are unplanned or unanticipated, but give surprising joy and bring health and wellness.
My cookbook, Milk, Spice and Curry Leaves; Hill Country Recipes from the Heart of Sri Lanka is coming out October 2020. It shares the rustic, tropical, serendipitous flavors of Sri Lankan food designed with North American home cooks in mind. Close to heart is our Anika Rose smocked baby wear. We work with an all female collective in Sri Lanka who are skilled in this vintage hand-work. Supporting these women in this age-old craft will help them to nurture their livelihoods and their communities. The designs are sweet, free spirited, and approved by Anika Rose.
The word serendipity stems from the word "serendip," one of the early names given to ancient Sri Lanka by explorers to the island.
xo Ruwanmali Samarakoon Amunugama
Above photo credit: Natasha Asselstine