together with a tasty dish
By Priyanwada Ranawaka
She's a familiar face on TV where we've seen her
demonstrating her culinary skills, cutting carrots, beating eggs
and chopping up onions to rustle up a tasty dish in minutes.
if you have a stable income, and every comfort in the home, there
is nothing that can bring a greater feeling between family members
than a satisfying meal," says well-known cookery demonstrator
Shantha Mayadunne adding that the dining table is where the affection
between family members is strengthened.
women, she feels, should try to maintain a balance in their responsibilities
at the workplace as well as at home. "This is why I concentrate
on introducing 'quick and easy meals' which are easy to prepare
and nutritious at the same time."
and cabbages can be added to cooked rice and other vegetables of
your choice can be placed on the hot rice and steamed, she suggests.
Make it tastier by adding sauce and chicken cubes.
Mayadunne is constantly working out new methods to cook a tasty
dish. Her recipe books contain various ways of preparing dhal, beans,
or rice itself. "I concentrate more on ordinary meals because
I want to teach housewives how to prepare tasty food everyday, not
just on special occasions," she says.
firm believer that a satisfying meal can bring people together,
Shantha reiterates the importance of the mother cooking meals and
would like to make housewives interested in cooking for the family,
instead of buying food from outside.
annual workshop at the Youth Centre in Maharagama draws people from
as far as Kalpitiya, Matara, and Anuradhapura. Every year about
20,000 coupons are sent in by women around the country eager to
get one of the 2500 passes for the workshop.
done Science for her A/Ls at Visakha Vidyalaya, Shantha followed
cookery courses in India, Australia, Bangkok and the United States.
She is also skilled in dressmaking, flower arrangements and candle
making. In 2001, she published her first book. "The fist edition
is sold out now," she says adding that she is currently working
on the second book. Since 1994 she has been holding workshops around
the country. Today, food companies often consult her before introducing
a new product to the market.
a tight schedule of conducting cookery classes and live cookery
demonstrations on TV, she still comes home to prepare meals for
her own family. "It's what I like best," she says.