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Frozen Food Culture

One of the modern methods of food preservation is through freezing. Freezing has been used as a preservation method since ancient times. Until frozen storage cabinets were invented in the late 1880's, people used naturally occurring ice and snow to keep foods cold. The food-freezing industry is more recent in origin than the canning industry. The freezing process was used commercially for the first time in 1842, but large-scale food preservation by freezing began in the late 19th century with the advent of mechanical refrigeration. This method of preservation is the one most widely used for a great variety of foods.

Frozen foods have the advantage of resembling the fresh product more closely than the same food preserved by other techniques. In addition frozen fruits and vegetables are both nutritious and have a greater food value, according to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans released recently. Given today's hectic lifestyle we cannot help but rely on the convenience that the frozen food has to offer. Nowadays, you happen to get everything frozen! Think about the difference frozen food makes in our lives. No more running around the kitchen, to throw together a meal or going to a restaurant if you are too busy or too tired to cook. Food is waiting for you in your refrigerator needing just to be heated and enjoyed. It's not only convenient but delicious as well.

The frozen food culture is very much "in" nowadays. You can almost get lost these days in the frozen food section; varieties of food items are looking at you ready to be picked up and cooked. A large number of shopping malls offer this facility, they provide ready to eat versions of chicken, vegetable balls in sauces and spices, pizzas, pastas and whatnot.

Think about the arrival of guests without prior notice, when there is absolutely nothing to serve. You will be saved if you happen to have frozen samosa, puris and rolls. You even get frozen parathas and rotis nowadays! No matter where your busy life takes you, you always have the opportunity to choose from the vast range of delicious frozen foods. Think of it, there's no hassle of planning, pre-preparation and most of all cooking. Talk about time management, our frozen food culture has a big role to play!

The numbers of working women have risen recently and most of them continue to be responsible for organising the shopping and doing the cooking. The double burden of work inside and outside the home has made a readily defined mass market for this new culture today - the frozen food culture!

By Syeda Shamin Mortada

Check it out

Exhibition of Punjabis

Maheen Khan is once again presenting a collection of men's wear. She has used unusual fabrics and embellishments to bring about a change in the design of mens' Punjabis. The exhibition of her Fall Collection (Sharat Kal) will be held from the 31st of July to the 15th of August 2003 at the following venues:
MAYASIR, 37 Kemal Attaturk Avenue, 1st floor, Banani, Dhaka
Concorde Arcadia, 2nd floor, Road No 4, Mirpur Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka

The collection includes pieces ranging from light daywear to heavier eveningwear, in colours such as: sandy, beige, coffee, gray kohl, off-white, ivory, black and white. The punjabis are styled with innovation, the cuts being a formal variation on contemporary looks.


Tetley Gold international blend tea

Tetley Gold, the premium tea brand, from Tetley ACI Bangladesh Limited, is now available in the market. Tetley Gold is a new offer from Tetley for the tea lovers of Bangladesh. This new variant from Tetley is an international blend, reportedly made from the finest teas in the world. Tetley gold is available in 100gm and 200gm standee packs. Tetley has already won hearts of tea lovers here with offerings like Tetley leaf and dust tea.


Nature's Crafts

Finally something for our readers in Chittagong: Nature's Crafts is presenting the seven day long 2nd solo exhibition of Crafts & Arts, from Friday 25th of July to 31st of July. The exhibition will be held at the Zilla Shilpakala Academy, M.M. Ali Road, Chittagong, and will remain open for the public everyday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

News Flash

Naji al-Ali's cartoon exhibition held at Drik

The most acclaimed cartoonist in the Arab world, the late Naji al-Ali's cartoon exhibition was held from 22 to 24 July at the gallery premises of Drik. Organisers made the inaugural date of the exhibition coincide with the date Ali was killed.

On July 22 in 1987, Ali was shot by an assailant in London. After 5 weeks in coma, he died on 30th August. Widely know as the 'Conscience of Palestine', Ali is considered to be the only cartoonist killed for political reasons.

Ali's work revealed the Palestinian peoples' fight against injustice. The themes of his cartoons dealt with the pain of the Palestinian people, a people denied of its motherland and the betrayal of the Palestinian people by international society, the PLO and by Arab leaders. Ali held all the parties responsible.

A central character in Ali's cartoon is Hanthala who reappears in every piece of his work. While in exile in Kuwait, Ali gave birth to the character. Hanthala is a 10-year old boy, not some one from a happy background. Hanthala illustrates the children living in refugee camps. The character portrays Ali himself. Ali left Palestine as a refugee when he was 10. Since then until his death, he was in exile. Ali started expressing himself drawing cartoons on the wall, which was the debut of an esteemed cartoonist. In his cartoon, Hanthala is always a boy of 10. According to Ali, "he will grow up when he is back in his country". The name Hanthala possibly originated from the name of a plant found in Arab regions, which tastes bitter, representing the ever-lasting embittered feelings in the hearts of the Palestinian people.

The three-day long exhibition was organised jointly by Mokabela and Drik Picture Library.

By Shahnaz Parveen

South Indian savoury

Snacks for kids parties!

Dry fruits: 20 of each (cashew nuts, almonds, pistas)
Rose petals:6-8
Sugar: 1 cup
Pinch of cardamom powder & saffron
Soak all dry fruits (cashew nuts, almonds, pistas) and rose petals for about 5-6 hours. Grind all soaked ingredients finely. Mix sugar in half a liter of water and put it on gas. Let the sugar mixture thicken a bit and add the ground paste. Then add cardamom powder, saffron and yellow edible colour. Fill in bottles, refrigerate and serve cold with rose petals.
This drink can be stored for a long time.

Cake Tips
Cakes are appreciated by almost everyone. The correct measurements of various ingredients are of utmost importance to get good results. A few very useful tips, while baking a cake:
1. Always preheat the oven before the cake is put in.
2. Always Sift the ingredients at the time of preparing the cake.
3. Do not open the oven door frequently while the cake is being baked.
4. Choose right size tin to bake. It should neither be too small nor too big.

By Vidhya Prasad

Hanging Out

Just Hanging…

In the one year in which I have worked for Lifestyle, I'm pretty sure I have covered every popular or happening hanging out spot in Dhaka.

In this city even without such a column people always manage to find a place to hang out. Whether it's in front of Kader Bhai's chaap ghar or at KFC, whether at Café Mango or Café Jheel, there's a hang-out joint suited to everyone's own tastes.
Today I just want to share my favourite hang outs and I hope that everyone will check them out and maybe even like them as much as I do.

Café Mango- I go just to sit at one of those eccentrically designed funky tables and enjoy a yummy hybrid brownie. Perfect for dates. Killer on your wallet!

Riffles Square including Helvetia and Thunderbolt- Both are great food joints. You can shop around or bowl or just wander about with friends or sit on the front steps of the square.
Don Giovanni- After last week need I say any more?

BFC- For the best-fried chicken in town and the best place to hold birthday parties, BFC is the best place to go.

Lakeside on road 32, Dhanmondi- This a place I hung out at with my friends and enjoyed the breeze. This place costs you nothing except a few bucks for tea and nuts if you want. It's a dating place for many. My friends and I didn't date-we disturbed the ones who were dating. Which one are you likely to be? Dating or Disturbing?

Chondrima Udyan- A great place for taking morning walks, cycling in the evening and driving by at night. It is a good place to sit and munch peanuts with friends while the world goes by.

Dhaka University Campus- This place is so big and with so many cultural activities going around, I simply get lost. I even like simply sitting there under the tree and chatting with friends.
And last but not least, the rickshaw- Technically this isn't a hanging out spot. It is a means of reaching the spot. But I love roaming around on rickshaw with my friends without any particular destination in mind. And while you're on it, it wouldn't be a surprise if you spotted the perfect hanging out spot- after all Dhaka is big and varied enough to suit everyone right?

I hope that I tapped on some known spots and highlighted a few unknown ones. And I hope you check them out and enjoy just hanging there as much as I do.

By Tahiat-E-Mahboob



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