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Check It Out
Kay Kraft introduces monsoon collection
Shopnobaj introduces branded T-shirts for women
This season Shopnobaj is working a bit out of conventions by introducing their new line of women's wear. For the first time in Bangladesh, deshi branded T-shirts will be available for women as well concentrating on themes such as red and green, Rabindranath Tagore, masks, Che Guevara and others. The T-shirts, made in special cuts for women, have been designed by Ferdous Khan, Joy Shahriar, Rashid Famin, Digonto Rony, Thirteen Screw and so on. The prices are reasonably charged at around Taka 150 each at 86 Aziz Super Market (2nd Floor), Shahbag, Dhaka.
Nipun's new outlet
Nipun, a leading name in local handicrafts ware is now set to open another outlet in Dhaka. The outlet was opened on Friday June 29, 2007 at 11 am and this new branch is housed on the second floor of Pink City at Road 103, Gulshan 2. Shopping at Nipun will be a breeze now for all those in that neighbourhood- so do check this new outlet out.
Do It Yourself
Quick fix meals for the day
The other day I went to a discussion, where an author chatted with us about her newly released book. In the middle of the conversation, she told us about how a foreign friend of hers had informed her that there is too much talk about food in her novel. She had replied by saying something like, “If you were a Bengali, you would know why.”
The truth in her words cannot be denied. It has irreversibly become a part of our culture (at least for those of us who can afford it) to have extremely long meals twice a day, starting with rice, two types of vegetables, lentils, chicken or beef, different kinds of fish, bhorta and so on. Although these lengthy courses can be a great time for family talks and be very effective in adding to our ever increasing store of body fat, most of us don't usually have the time to indulge in such treats because of a myriad of things such as school or work to name a few.
When caught up in the rushes or daily life, or if you feel too lethargic to prepare a full course meal for yourself, the following are a few of the means you can resort to to satisfy your empty stomachs.
Another thing you can try is mixing eggs, sliced onions and green chillies with flour and then scooping out dollops. Warm up the pan and fry these dollops. This will turn out to be a sort of pitha that is quite popular in the northern areas of the country.
Both of these quick recipes are high on energy and will keep you in good working condition throughout the day.
If you are not fond of frying your food and usually burn it to a crisp, then choose to have fish for lunch. You can just mix the raw pieces of fish with turmeric, ginger, salt and the spices of your choice; add liberal quantities of lemon and microwave for 10 to 15 minutes. Don't try this with the chicken though, or you might find yourself catching bird flu.
If you want to try something totally different, why not eat some of the stuff you usually throw out as garbage? Potato skins can be your first choice, especially because most of the nutrients of this food are located in the skin. First, add powdered pulse and a little oil with dough and knead it properly. Add salt, turmeric and chilli to this and mix with the potato skins and fry. You will be left with a uniquely appetising taste in your mouth.
You can even try pea shells, which are very wholesome as well. Just warm up some oil in the pan and add tomatoes, turmeric, salt, chilli and some cumin powder. When the tomatoes start to soften, add the pea shells. Leave for a few minutes, add some coriander leaves, take down and enjoy.
Lastly, if you have some leftover rice from the previous meal, you can just turn it into fried rice that will make Cheung Pai chefs green with envy. Just warm up oil in the pan and add the leftover rice with one or two eggs and stir vigorously. After a while, add salt and vegetables such as capsicum, carrots, tomatoes etc. Stir for a while and before taking down, put in a little soy sauce and enjoy your Chinese dish.
By Shuprova Tasneem
Ways to drink coffee
ESPRESSO- Also known as short black. An espresso is a shot (30ml) of pure bliss. It should have a thick golden "crema" on the surface, proving the espresso was brewed correctly. Espresso is the basis for most other coffee beverages.
Cappuccino- Equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth, sprinkled with chocolate powder.
Espresso con panna- An espresso topped with whipped cream, sprinkled with chocolate powder.
Flat white- An espresso topped with steamed milk (no froth).
Long black- Also known as espresso lungo. An espresso diluted with hot water to make the drink longer and slightly weaker.
Ristretto- Means "restricted" in Italian. An extremely short espresso, made with less water, making it even darker, stronger and more concentrated than an espresso.
Doppio- Not for the faint-hearted, this is a double shot of espresso and tends to be very strong.
Macchiato- An espresso "stained" with a tiny amount of hot, cold or frothed milk.
Caffe latte- Simply coffee with milk. One-quarter espresso and three-quarters steamed milk. The milk and coffee blend, leaving a layer of foamed milk on top.
Latte macchiato- An espresso poured into a tall glass of hot, frothed milk; the coffee "marks" or creates a marbling pattern in the thick froth.
Mocha- Also known as mochaccino. An equal blend of espresso and hot drinking chocolate topped with frothed milk.
For the perfect cup...
Remember, "less is more". Don't allow too much water to pass through the coffee grounds- about 30ml for a true espresso.
Coffee should not be brewed at boiling point- the high temperature releases a bitter element into the brew.
How to froth milk...
For a creamy cappuccino, lightly tap the jug base a few times on the bench after steaming; let it stand for a moment to reduce the large bubbles.
Practice steaming milk- it's a skill that may not come to you immediately, but a little persistence will pay off in the shape of perfect froth.
Wipe the steam arm with a clean, damp cloth between each use. This removes any built-up milk.
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