Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dwell: happy earth day

I did not even realize earth day was nearing when I decided to plant some blooms along with my herbs and vegetables this year. I found some great deals on beautiful plants at Lowe's. These beautiful flowers are mostly flanking our entry and I have placed a few scattered among the other plants on the terrace. Enjoy a glimpse of my terrace garden and grow something!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Food: bengali new year 1421 [steamed hilsha = ilish paturi]

The year 1421 has already begun in parts of the world. It is officially tomorrow for the Western hemisphere. There are many traditions that surround this celebrated day. And as most traditions always revolve around food, hilsha will be cooked in most Bengali homes on this day. This delicacy is as Bengali is it gets. You cannot be Bengali if you haven't had some hilsha in you :) 

This dish can be easily made with different fish steaks or fillets. Since a lot of other cultures use banana leaves in their cooking, it is now very available in ethnic food markets. I have used the same concoction of spices to fry the fish along with steaming it. Since some people like it steamed and others like it fried. Super easy recipe but full of flavor. Shubho nobo borsho [Happy Bengali New Year]

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dwell: hello spring [elephant planter]

Thanks to the longest winter ever, this year's horticulture is a touch to late. It is already the end of March and I have just started planting today. Let's see how it turns out....but I am super ecstatic about the elephant planter that followed me home along with the seedlings for this year's gardening. Check out more photos of that along with what my tiny urban terrace garden. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Food: napa cabbage + egg stir fry

I keep getting requests for more and more vegetarian recipes....so here is one which is comprised of only a few ingredients and hardly takes time to make. Cabbage is a versatile ingredient and can be cooked in a lot of different ways. I personally love a stir fried cabbage dish, but this particular recipe includes egg which turns the cabbage even more delicious to devour. You can try this recipe on anybody who keeps away from vegetables and they are bound to love it. It goes very well with roti/bread, rice, or just by itself.

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