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Gold jewellery @ Aarong
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Aarong has just come up with a great new Gold Jewellery Collection this season that promises to keep up with the high expectations we have from them. It is an unique blend of the new with the timeless bringing in classic bridal ensembles as well as fusion contemporary styles. Set in gold in combination with gemstones like rubies, emeralds, garnets, sapphires and pearls and cut and designed to perfection, the collection includes chandelier and contemporary style earrings and sets that are now available at all Aarong outlets. They come with 21karat guarantees and are checked for purity through the GoldCheck Karatmeter machine, the only one in Bangladesh right now. And they have also introduced buyback facilities for the jewellery, so this season, these handcrafted masterpieces might be just the thing you are looking for.

-LS Desk

Dearest Diary
Winter!! Aaah... my favourite time of the year. Weddings, open-air parties, barbecues, Sylhet trips, no humidity, pashminas and picnics.

By this time if the political situation had been stable we would have been duly serenaded by the blaring picnic buses on their way to Gazipur or any other picnic spot outside Dhaka. Some office or garment factory having their annual picnic bash is normally the most common sight during this time of the year. But alas!

Every thing seems to be on hold due to reasons best left unsaid.

Anyway, as you can understand diary, I am getting on to the other side of the hill.

Why I say this, is because I keep on traipsing down memory lane. And you only do that when you are "nearly" on the other side of the hill. (Nearly being the operative word). So Alzheimer's be damned.

Memory lane it is.

While growing up in independent houses, with lawns and foliage, I am sure people from my generation had picnics in their own backyards. I know I did with my younger sister and brother in attendance. I remember with some help from the cook and darowan of the house, we built a makeshift stove out of stacked up brick, in which we stuffed dry leaves & twigs to get the fire going. And how we trembled with excitement sinisterly and quite menacingly if I may add. So with eyes stinging from the smoke and blisters forming, we would cook our egg curry and soggy khichuri and basically have the time of our lives. What fun we had indulging in such simple pleasures. Things and times have changed. Our children are now exposed to apartments and KFC chicken as picnic food.

So, it got me thinking; why don't I write some easy and fun recipes, which children with some parental guidance can make by themselves, have a picnic, enjoy and get a feeling of being involved and accomplishment.

I am sure not only will it be good for them, it will definitely bring out the best in them.

So, have a fun filled and safe picnic the Sam Q way.

Chocolate Fudge Cookies
115 gm butter
100 gm icing sugar
200 gm plain flour
3 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
60 gm walnut, chopped (optional)
80 gm chocolate chips (whole chocolate chopped up can be used as chocolate chips)
80 gm cocoa powder
A pinch of salt

1) Preheat oven to 180°c and grease a baking tray.
2) With an electric hand mixer, blend butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3) Beat the eggs & mix well into the mixture till it blends smoothly. Add cocoa powder to the mixture.
4) Sift flour, baking powder and salt over the mixture and blend well.
5) Add the chopped walnuts and the chocolate chips.
6) Drop round tablespoon of the batter onto the greased tray about 1½ inches apart.
7) Press gently into the back of a spoon to flatten them.
8) Put the tray into the pre heated oven and bake for 15 minutes till they turn light brown. Remove and cool and serve.

Cinnamon Tea Cake
125 gm butter
125 gm sugar
5 eggs
125 gm four
10 gm cinnamon powder
1 tsp baking powder

1) Cream the butter and sugar till light & fluffy.
2) Add the eggs one at a time. Sieve the flour and mix it with cinnamon powder. Then add the baking powder to the flour and put the mixture in a cake pan.
3) Bake at 200°c for 30 minutes or till cake is done.

Cold Cut Salad
200 gm of assorted cold cuts
30 gm cheese, grated
1 small red/green pepper, sliced
1 large tomato, sliced
Lettuce leaves, shredded
10 gm sugar
5 gm garlic
Salt & pepper to taste
45 ml salad oil or olive oil
50 ml vinegar

1) Shred your choice of meats. Tear lettuce to bite sized pieces and put in a bowl.
Sprinkle with grated cheese.
2) In a separate bowl whisk together garlic, salad oil, vinegar and sugar.
3) Drizzle dressing over the salad. Toss lightly so as not to damage the lettuce. Garnish with bell pepper & tomato.


A winter's tale

And so it's finally here. Sure it's made us wait but since come it has, it's time to leave all else and enjoy winter for the inadequate one month or so that it pleases to stay. Save winter delicacies, the most appealing aspect of this coveted season is the abundance of opportunities to take a break from the daily jostles of life and get away for as many outings as you possibly can. With schools closing and humidity levels as best as can be enjoyed by this part of the world, you would only be smart to forget crammed up restaurants for some time and get out into the open to enjoy winter for what it’s really worth. This column in dedication to all those who will do or are already doing just that…

First and foremost, look into all the arrangements once again. Tickets or reservations for the venue, confirmation of the guest list, double check on whether the assigned people are making provision for the supplies and get all your last minute shopping done by the night before, latest. If the excursion requires you to start off very early in the morning, you would do away with a great deal of morning stress by leaving your clothes ready to wear by the time you retire to bed.

Next up, we have an essential necessary for any outing, irrespective of the season. Be it picnics or day-long arrangements of winter sports, first aid kits cannot be done without. However, this particular prerequisite becomes all the more vital with winter outings because more likely than not, physical activities are going to be top of the agenda, automatically increasing the probability of cuts, sores and bruises. Even if a fully equipped first aid pack is unavailable, make sure you are at least well stocked with a decent supply of the bare minimums-band aid, aspirin, anti septic and the likes.

And since we have already decided winter outings are next to impossible without sports, attention must be shifted to exactly that. Depending on where and who you are planning the event with, gather all your sports equipment a couple of days in advance. If you are going in a group, you can weigh out your options and then get around to collectively getting the sports gear according to what you choose to play.

Come winter, and being prepared apparel-wise is an entirely different experience. For outings that last throughout the day, you would be better off making arrangements for varying levels of temperature. Engaging in sports and being directly under the sun during the day is likely to make you feel warmer than you will in the evening, so make sure you take along an extra shawl or jersey that you might not deem necessary earlier on. Special precautions are also necessary if children are going to be accompanying and what with the increased involvement in outdoor activities, the longevity of the jaunt and the fluctuating temperature levels, taking several sets of clothing including socks and scarves or mufflers is strongly advised. Include in this two types of shoes, trainers for when you play and something less restraining for the rest of the
day and hopefully you've got all the to-dos covered.

By Subhi Shama Reehu



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