Thursday, March 26, 2015

Coffee Morning & a Recipe

We were at a friends' house for an early Sunday dinner (by the way my friend could be a Sri Lankan version of Martha Stewart) and decided to call another friend to verify facts (actually wanted to know someone's age)!  The friend suggested that I make a recipe that I had mentioned in one of our conversations as she wanted to taste.  So a coffee morning was scheduled, the few friends at the dinner was free to come over. 

Here are some pictures of preparation and a recipe for the 3 layer sandwich.

Coffee mugs and glasses...check.

Flowers check...

Food check...



3 Layer Sandwich aka Rainbow Sandwich

This sandwich is a crowd pleaser, every girl needs a "go to" recipe in her arsenal!  This is a sandwich you can make ahead, so you will still have time to whip your house into shape.

I generally make this sandwich for a party to serve around 25 guests.  Therefore, you may want to adjust the quantity.

  • Bunch of beetroots (around 6)
  • Packet of Carrots (around 7)
  • Ice Berg Lettuce (1 large)
  • Cream Cheese (4 packets)
  • Vinegar, Mustard, Butter, Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 loaves of Pepperidge Farm thinly sliced sandwich bread (this is the best bread to make this sandwich)


  1. Cook Beetroot and Carrots separately in boiling salted water - Do not over boil, it needs to be a little tender
  2. Once cooked grate the beetroot and carrots separately and put into separate bowls
  3. Thinly slice the Ice Berg lettuce and keep in a separate bowl
  4. Add 1 packet of Cream Cheese, Salt and Pepper to each bowl and mix with the vegetables
  5. For the Beetroot mixture, add vinegar may be about 2 tablespoons and mix
  6. For the Carrots, add 1 tablespoon of mustard and mix
Note: the extra cream cheese can be used based on need as you want a creamy consistency to spread. 

Now to assemble the sandwich!

- in a bowl put 1 stick of butter and soften ( I microwave for about 20 seconds)
- Add 1 teaspoon of Mustard, 1 Tablespoon of Vinegar to the softened butter and mix
- I generally make a few sandwiches at the same time
- Lay about 8 slices of bread and butter the bread
- take one tablespoon of Beetroot mixture and spread it on the bread
- Lay another slice of bread on top of the Beetroot and butter
- Spread the Carrot mixture (1 tablespoon) and put another slice of bread on top
- Spread the Lettuce mixture (1 tablespoon) and cover the sandwich
- Once assembled I cut the edges and cut into 4


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ethnic Traces - Manuel Canovas

My favorite fabric designer is Manuel Canovas.  Manuel Canovas is synonymous with larger patterns and beautiful colors that are "eastern brights".  The designs and patterns are made of ethnic traces of Mexican, Chinese, French, Spanish and Indian. I save fabric ideas for client inspiration and then I use it in my own home! 

I have featured his collection below and of course I bought couple of pillows made with uber talented Manuel Canova's fabric with traces of India. 


Pictures of other fabric and designs by Manuel Canovas.  Similar fabric as my pillows used as upholstery fabric to cover chairs.

 Manuel Canova wall paper...

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wonders of Bawa

Geoffrey Bawa is a renowned architect well known in Asia and has received numerous awards.  Bawa’s work has had tremendous impact in Sri Lankan architecture.  Bawa embarked on a career as a lawyer and made a decision mid stream to become an Architect. 

His beautifully designed buildings are influenced by nature, modernism, water, lush countryside, and colonial architecture. Bawa’s work is now known as “Tropical Modernism”, he obviously carved out a stake in the history of Architecture.  Bawa’s designs incorporate interior design with landscape architecture and the inside merge with the outside.

When I grew up in Sri Lanka, I had heard of Bawa but was too young to appreciate architecture, I am now a great admirer of Bawa's genius work.  Bawa’s masterpieces are many and we were lucky to stay in a few hotels designed by Bawa.

I don't know about you, but I miss a beat every time I see beautiful homes.  I have missed many beats looking at Bawa's home in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Love the tree in front and the details on the front door.
 Found most of these photos through the web and some hotel photos are from my travels...

Example of merging inside with the outside.


Bawa's former office, now known as the Paradise Road Gallery Café.

Resorts built by Bawa...I am speechless!


The Light House Hotel deserves a special mention for the location, location, location!  You enter the hotel right into the veranda which faces the ocean.  The check in is sitting down at the verandah with a welcome drink and being checked in at the same time. 
I did not want to move from the veranda with the ocean at your door step.  This view is my screen saver, and of course I sit at this veranda everyday!!!


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