Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dwell: snow draped dallas

What a tremendous two weeks with an upheaval of the weather in Dallas/Fort Worth! Coming from tropical Bangladesh we take pride in it's torrential monsoon rains. There is nothing like it we say. And the rains are warm which makes every person step outside and drench in it. It's like the rains will wash away everything and renew you. When a Bangladeshi moves to the US, and experiences rain in the West they are saddened. But once they experience snow it is an absolutely breathtaking feeling. We have rain but you have snow.

Last night the husband and I had to drive back home after a game around midnight when the snow storm was at full force. It was immensely dangerous but at the same time incredibly beautiful. There was zero visibility. I now regret not making a video. I was so mesmerized. Images fail to describe what the eyes see. Yet, here are a few shots I sneaked in from last week's snow and the last image is last night's from our terrace. 

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.  
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