Candied Winter Melon – Chal Kumrar Morobba

Chal kumrar morobba

I love making desserts with fruits and vegetables.  It’s my kind of way to ease the guilt of eating sweets.  Off course, desserts made of fruits and vegetables are much healthier(well, depending on how it’s made) than the kinds made of sugar, butter and refined flour only.  Candied winter melon or chal kumrar morobba is one of such dessert.

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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

Shrimp in a blanket

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I love how versatile shrimp can be and how it always tastes great. These shrimp in a blanket sticks are wrapped in thin rice paper. They are crunchy on the outside, soft and spicy in the inside.  These are fun food on a stick and can be served as appetizer or snack but also great as sides with soups, stir fry or fried rice. Oh, did I mention that these are not your regular shrimp wrapped in a blanket but has an extra layer in between the blanket and the shrimp.  Curious to find out what the extra soft, fluffy and spicy layer is?
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Game day food – Nutty chicken shells

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It’s the football season.  Though I do not watch football, I like to binge and binging is a big part of booing or cheering a team.  However, does fan-friendly, sports watching food have to be unhealthy all the time? Well, they have to be bite size, crowd pleasing, quick and easy but unhealthy? Not so much.

Here’s a great healthier, bite size option for cheering fans that takes only minutes to put together.  Whether your team wins or loses, be advised, friends can go nuts over these appetizers.  These nutty, spicy, tangy chicken shells are also great appetizer option for an elegant dinner parties, showers and brunches.

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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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Ahh…Chutney..mm..good

Zesty, sweet, sour, spicy! Simple yet delicious. Chutney, with its variety of flavors and styles, is a pleasant addition to any meal. It is a dish that you can play around with flavors and textures and is extremely easy to make at home. Personal preference usually dictates the taste and texture of chutney. It can range from jam like sticky substance to smooth or chunky consistency. A small amount of chutney goes a long way because of the concentrated flavor that adds a burst of excitement to any dish be it a curry or grilled meat, fish or vegetable.

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The radish chutney is tongue tickling spicy, sweet and sour with a hint of sweetness. Panch foron, tamarind, vinegar, dry roasted cumin and coriander give radish chutney a piquant and tangy flavor. You can taste a contrast of flavor due to the sour taste of vinegar and tamarind and sweetness of sugar.
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