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    A delectable mix

    The year began with a cold wave that made us all want to curl up into a ball and stay hidden under the warmth of our blankets. It also left most of us sniffling and coughing with the seasonal flu.

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    A winter's tale of warm desserts!

    With Christmas around the corner and wedding sea son in full swing, it's that time of year when the eve nings get cooler and the

  • Cheers to the newlyweds

    Give me a sun, I care not how hot, and sherbet, I care not how cool, and my Heaven is as easily made as your Persian's.

  • Pumpkins galore

    An ancient Celtic festival, a goddess of gardens and fruits, and a mixture of many rituals over the centuries leaves us celebrating the macabre on the last day of October.

  • 'Bhuribhoj' on Durga Puja

    Bengali Hindu households respond to 'mayer dak' as Durga Puja arrives in all its splendour and people prepare for this autumn festival of welcoming the mother home.

  • Greek bovine delicacies

    The Venetians are credited for bringing in the stifado when they came to rule Greece around the 13th century CE and the dish is full of… onions. Tiny ones, but just load it up with them!

  • The Exotic Cretan Menu on Eid

    As I sit writing this article on the Greek island of Crete, the song of the cicadas serenades me and I think of Dhaka and the festival of sacrifice just around the corner. Goat meat is high on every Cretan menu so I take this opportunity to share some Greek meat dishes and one from across the border in Turkey. Eat healthy and may your bellies be filled with good food and your hearts with the best wishes of loves ones.

  • Warm, comforting soups

    No matter how healthy we eat during the day, late in the afternoon we tend to get peckish and often experience a sudden craving for fried snacks.

  • Sheep Shearing or Kouraes in Crete

    One of the first things you notice on the mountains of Crete are the goats and the sheep. Hordes of them.

  • Healthy is the new delicious

    O moon-faced Beloved, the month of Ramadan has arrived, Cover the table, and open the path of praise.

  • It's all Greek!

    The Greek version of a typical bhorta ideally has mashed potatoes with garlic, as skorda is garlic in Greek and comes in all forms with boiled beet or zucchini.

  • The magic of aphrodisiacs

    Almost all food items at some point or the other have been cloistered under the title of an aphrodisiac, with distinct qualities of not just increasing libido but also making us seem more attractive and appealing to the opposite gender.

  • For a healthy 2017 and beyond!

    As the wedding season hits Dhaka with its onslaught of dinners and lunches that make you totter out of the door feeling like you consumed your life's worth of food, here are an assortment of items you can offer those in-between-wedding 'dawat' guests while keeping their palates craving for more.

  • Chilli and chocolates: a match made in heaven

    As the days get colder, appreciate the full bodied flavours of chocolate is all its savoury glory! Rich in minerals, chocolate is known to help combat heart disease, fight the LDL, the so-called 'bad cholesterol,' and also aid in losing weight.

  • Of freshness and Greek salads

    The Greeks love a salad that embodies everything about a Mediterranean diet: greens, freshness, olive oil and the zest of a lemon, or perhaps balsamic vinegar.

  • It's all Greek!

    As the year rolls into its final trimester and shorot makes way for hemonto to hopefully bring in cooler days, I bring to you recipes from a land far off, far removed from the deltaic flat lands of Bangladesh.

  • The Feast of Sacrifice

    The Feast of Sacrifice

    The Russians have a penchant for using meat to their fill, in soups, in porridges and cereals and mixed heartily with vegetables too.

  • Non-traditional platter for Shab-e-barat

    Peanuts are a very integral part of West African cuisine and along with the yams and cassava and okra that came out of this region, a lot of cuisine involves peanuts.

  • Shaaks on Baishakh

    As the strong winds sweep across the country, heralding the beginning of the season for kal-Baishakhis and the end of yet another ...

  • Soups, broths and stews

    Originating in the Sichuan province of China, the Dan Dan Noodle Soup is a sure way to get rid of those winter chills that seem to have grasped everyone this year.

  • Fish tales!

    Frozen or fresh, farm fish or coming straight from a river or the salty seas, fish is one of those ingredients we all have a place for in our kitchens.

  • Winter Bounty - Vegetables Galore!

    As winter chills set in and hot vapours rising from your bowl of soup are a welcome sight...

  • Go green, go coconutty

    As the year draws to an end, here are some fun mocktails you can serve during the many weddings, parties and social events coming up.

  • Spice up your life!

    “No man should die if he can afford cinnamon”… said someone in the 14th century! London dockyard workers were paid in cloves while the Roman soldiers were paid in salt, coining the term “a man worth his salt”.

  • Making the best of beef

    We approach that time of year when the age old Abrahmic custom of slaughtering a sacrificial animal means loads of meat and nothing but the smell of meat cooking and a table creaking with delicious food.

  • More than just tea...

    Enter the world of culinary delights where as a thoroughbred Bangladeshi, one would think we ace at pickling and know our achars well but wait… there is something called Tea pickle from across the Eastern borders in Myanmar!

  • Working up a salad

    A vinaigrette is essentially a French dressing with three parts oil and one part vinegar in most cases that compose a dressing, which has the necessary grease to it and a touch of the ascorbic. Since the 19th century this has been

  • Toasting to your health

    The sun enters the vernal equinox and our collective plight with summer begins as the days get longer and our Dhaka traffic jams leave us melting in the sweltering blaze!

  • A healthy twist to Pohela Baishakh

    Of festivities and new beginnings, we welcome the first day of the Bangabdo 1422 with a splash of colours on our platter and tastes of the season to delight our palates.

  • The healthy Easter Sunday!

    Of bunnies and hares and colourful eggs in a basket, Easter Sunday arrives in Bangladesh in all its glory.

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