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i owe the idea for this dish to murakami's norwegian wood, where the narrator eats cumbers dipped in soy sauce, wrapped in nori, while waiting on his girl friend's father, who is dieing. the old man, who isn't eating any thing up until that point, sees Taro enjoying the cumbers so much, he starts eating.
i like nori, seaweed sheets, but i can't find them in colombo (:. so I upped the flavor, by mixing tomato paste, wasabi and soy sauce, using it as a garnish for the sliced baby cumbers. with sweetened tomato slivers on top. salt, sweet and nahaya dana (as in kata dana, mouth burn/ nose burn) from the wasabi.
Pradeep Jeganathan was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he lives and works. He began to cook when he discovered, as an undergraduate in the US, that MacDonald's was terrible. He continued, when he realized that girls like a guy who knows to cook. After he took up photography as a hobby, he got into shooting food. He has eaten a lot of cold meals since, but he hasn't stopped, because taking a photograph, helps him remember what he's eaten. (He eats a lot, and some times, he forgets). His food photos have been published in a variety of international and Sri Lankan print magazines and web sites and his food photo/recipe columns have appeared Zero77 & Spectrum ("Achcharu") and will soon appear in Ink. He's been a featured chef on ETV's The Home Gourmet, his cooking and food photos have been the subject of a feature article in Sri Lanka's Sunday Times; his food blog has also been featured in Femina.in -- the Indian women's magazine.