Kale Pesto with a twist

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Growing up, like many, I wasn’t big fan of leafy vegetables.  I used to tell my mom that leafy vegetables are food for four legged animals like cows, goats, etc. and clearly since I am not one of those four-legged animals, I shouldn’t have to eat them.  She off course didn’t pay much attention and continued offering leafy greens.  Though I’ve come a long way from the four legged animal thought, I do not necessarily explore too much of leafy vegetables outside of what I grew up with.  Kale is one of them I didn’t know about until I moved to USA. Continue reading

Paya – Beef leg soup and a moment of silence

It is hard to fathom the Sandy Hook tragedy as a parent.  Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut has asked for a national moment of silence this Friday, December 21, 2012, exactly one week after the shootings at the Sandy Hook school. Church bells throughout Connecticut will ring 26 times at 9:30 a.m. EST in honor of the victims.  In times of tragedy, we all want to do something.  If you can, please observe a moment of silence tomorrow or honor the victims in your own way.

To those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you happy holidays! For others this time of the year is still special with the holidays away from school and work. This is a time we have a lot of family time. Many friends and family get togethers.

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Paya is Bangladeshi soup prepared from beef or goat legs. Cooking the legs slowly turns the meat into a delicious dish. The taste of this soup is divine and the meat, marrow and fat from the legs melt in your mouth. I love the soup as is or with paratha. You can serve with naan or any other bread as well.

 

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Ravioli Night

I promised in my beet pancake post that I will be sharing more beet recipes. Here you go.

Though I made this for my baby girl and filing under “Baby Friendly” this is a delicious recipe and great for adult taste buds too. You may have to adjust the seasoning a bit if you are preparing this for the whole family.

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A Treat for Eid

Pumpkin Halva

October not only marks the beginning of autumn it also marks the beginning of the holiday season, starting with Eid ul Adha, and then Diwali, Thanksgiving and so on.

Eid is one of my most favorite holidays and I still get excited about the festivities like a small girl. For me applying henna/mehendi is also an integral part of the festivities. Though I never cooked pumpkin halva for Eid before, the orange pumpkin color with the dark green background resembles the color of henna, and I love it. Hope you do too.

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Happy Peace Day with Kunafeh and John Lennon’s “Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…
– John Lenon

Do you know September 21, is observed as The International Day of Peace, a.k.a. “Peace Day”.  It is not a public holiday but is observed globally. The United Nation established this day to coincide the opening of the general assembly in 1981. The first Peace Day was celebrated in 1982. Until 2002, Peace day was observed on the third Tuesday of September. In 2002, September 21 became the permanent date for the International Day of Peace. Nations around the world are invited to observe this day of global ceasefire and non-violence – personal and political.

 

Anyone anywhere can celebrate this Day. Though various events and organized events take place on this day, it can also be observed as simply as with a toast for peace, lighting a candle, silent meditation, or just a picnic for peace. The impact of everyone, everywhere in the world coming together for peace is enormous. Let’s take this opportunity to attempt to make peace in our personal life and in our relationships, and in the conflicts we see around us. Can you imagine what a whole day would mean without anger, hostility and ceasefire.

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Salmon with a twist

Ask a Bangladeshi(descendant of Bangladesh) to name the king of all fishes and undoubtedly 98.897% will tell you it is Hilsha (called Ilish in Bengali). Ask any of them what the best preparation of Ilish is and the answer would undoubtedly be “sorshe Ilish” meaning Hilsha in mustard paste. A Bangladeshi or Bengali will jump with immense pleasure with the aroma of an Ilish dish.  This mouthwatering delicacy is also thoroughly enjoyed by Indian descendants of West Bengal, Assam, Orissa, or Tripura. Though Hilsha is found in Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red sea, China Sea and Vietnam Sea, but the tastiest of all are the ones caught in the “Padma-Meghna-Jamuna” delta in the Bay of Bengal.

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