Growing up in the tropical weather of Bangladesh juicy, sweet, sour, and aromatic pineapples were abundant. Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme present in pineapple helps fight cold, body aches, and soothes and heals sore throat or swollen glands. As a result, pineapple was a must for us during flu season. This wonder fruit is also full of vitamin C and A, minerals, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium to boost the immune system. Therefore, it is no surprise that my pharmacist dad would often make thirst-quenching fresh pineapple juice and my mom this artisan jam with out pectin or artificial preservatives. No matter how often we ate fresh pineapple, the juice or the homemade jam, we never got tired of this wonderful bright yellow-gold fruit.
Tangy. Vibrant. mouth-watering. Quick and easy to prepare. Absolutely delicious. Yes, all these apply to the flavorful seafood stew with coconut milk. the Our taste buds go on a rollercoaster ride as we enjoy the stew as a family and chitchat about our day over dinner! I prepare the seafood stew very often through out the year as weeknight dinner. The stew is very similar to Brazilian Moqueca but healthier without the high saturated fat from palm oil.
“Chai” warms the heart and “hot chocolate” warms the soul. Then, what do you get when you combine a kiss of chocolate to spiced tea? A heart and soul warming drink perfect for anytime, any day, anywhere. Get ready for an indulgent blend of creamy tea with warm spices and rich cocoa.
Bangladeshi weddings are very different from traditional Western “white” weddings. A Bangladeshi bride wears vibrant and colorful dresses and elaborated jewelry. The groom wears an equally elegant suit and turban style hat. Traditional Bangladeshi wedding celebration extravaganza spans over several days and includes exotic food, decoration, entertainment and rituals. The wedding spread is as spectacular as the multiday long celebrations.
Does every meal need to have something heart-shaped for your valentine’s day? To help you plan a meal, here are few fabulous Valentine’s Day food inspiration. I don’t think heart-shaped food is necessary but to get a more subtle finish, a few red ingredients or food are terrific.
Tehari is an authentic Bangladeshi aromatic rice that packs a pleasant punch contributed by green chilies and curried beef. There are many versions of tehari, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, in South Asia. However, Bangladeshi tehari is predominantly a rice dish that is always made with beef. Authentic old Dhaka tehari is cooked with mustard oil, but just like my mom, I have cooked tehari many times with only olive or canola oil when mustard oil is not available.
Do you cope well with changes? Change is inevitable. Major or minor, life evolves through a series of changes. I don’t quite remember where, but I read once that all changes have their melancholy. I suppose this melancholy is the pain one feels to grow. We change to grow ourselves. Without changes and struggles, there is no progress.
I love the classic tomato basil soup, but I love this zesty roasted tomato soup with spiced oil even more. This soup is a perfect marriage of tastes between the East and the West. Roasted tomato and garlic paired with ginger, cilantro, green chili, and a spiced oil that is a total comfort food. A perfectly balanced spicy, sweet and tart soup masterpiece. Would you like to give it a try and savor the warmth?
Semolina Halva or “Sujir Mohonbhog” is immensely popular in Bangladesh, as a matter of fact in the entire Indian subcontinent. You’ll find version of this soft, succulent and rich halva in Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine also. If you have never tried semolina (a.k.a farina, cream of wheat, Malt-O-Meal, suji, sooji) halva before, you will be surprised by the scrumptiousness of this simple dessert. It’s good enough to enjoy as breakfast or serve at elegant brunch for both adults and kids.
Do you ever think of social media impact on children? As we become more and more “social” on all of the various social networking channels, are we pushing the next generation to become more and more antisocial and alienated? What’s your opinion? Will children parks become empty as the next generation enter parenthood?