Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Food: chondro puli pitha [jaggery sweetened coconut pastry]

"Pitha" is a winter delicacy in the land of Bangladesh. It is most often made with rice flour/milk/jaggery/coconut. Some are steamed while some are fried. There is an endless variety of "pitha' stemming from different sects of the country. This particular "pitha" called the chondro puli is a pastry shell stuffed with a jaggery+coconut concoction and then deep fried. There is another version where the shell is soft and steamed like a dumpling. The name refers to the "pitha" as being moon-shaped.

I made the chondro puli pitha for a potluck gathering of friends and instead of making the shells from scratch I used a little trick I learned from my sister. It is to use store bought uncooked flour tortillas!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Architecture: calatrava dallas

More popularly known as the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. His incredible style in bridge design in fact bridges the infamous gap between structural engineers and architects. The bridge rises 400 ft above the Trinity River. There are 58 cables that tie the huge arch down to the body of the bridge.There is a footbridge running parallel to the actual bridge that connects to Trinity Groves. The bridge is most spectacular once you step on it and look up.   

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Food: sunday afternoons in the kitchen

Yes, I have been tardy with my weekly posts. I apologize. Therefore, I have decided to share my mundane cooking shenanigans. Usually I try to cook a few things on Sundays so that we can have a nice sit-down meal at home on the weekend and also to end up with some leftovers to take for lunch the following week. But these are not the experimental recipes that get me excited and make me want to share with the world. Those experiments are usually done on the weeknights for quick dinners. Given that it is winter time, by the time I complete my experiments it gets dark and I cannot take a decent picture. Anyways, enough of my blabbering. So today I made a chicken curry, stir fried mixed vegetable, tilapia fillet curried with broad bean pods, salmon quinoa cakes which are on the blog here, and yes you read that right - fish head stir fried with broad beans.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Travel: dhaka 2014

Much awaited and procrastinated photographs from our end of summer trip to Bangladesh are here by yours truly. Dhaka ceases to amaze and enthrall me time and time again. It feels like I see the beloved city with a new set of eyes every time. For some of you these images are precious memory, while for some are the everyday mundane, and there are others for whom this might be totally strange. Which ever group you fall under, you must know that this place is precious to a many million of us. Enjoy the rest of the photos!
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